The group consists of Scottish frontman Calum Bolland and Ecuadorians Daniel Rivera (drums), Ismael Rivera (lead guitar) and Alejandro Iturralde (bass). The name Ponte Pilas (english: ‘put on your batteries’) originates from the slang equivalent of “snap out of it” in Ecuadorian Spanish and was chosen to reflect the bands international lineup and their energetic live shows. The band mix influences from Iggy Pop to Oasis, mixing both a contemporary and classic rock sound, while the live shows have drawn comparisons to the Hives.
Ponte Pilas are already a fixture of the Berlin scene, having played around 50 shows in the city in legendary venues such as SO36, Musik & Frieden and SAGE Club. In May 2019, having released “Eye for an Eye”, the third in a trilogy of singles, the band hit the road and played a headline tour through Germany. In the last year they have also played dates abroad, in the Czech Republic and in the Netherland.