Tommy & the High Pilots formed in Santa Barbara, California in early 2008 when songwriter, singer, and guitarist Tommy Cantillon's previous band, Holden, which had been together for five years, suddenly broke up.
Cantillon decided to start anew and left California for New York City, spending a year writing songs and rethinking what he wanted to do as a musician. Eventually, he was joined there by his brother, guitarist and keyboardist Michael Cantillon, and two West Coast friends, bassist Steve Libby and drummer Matt Palermo, and Tommy & the High Pilots were born. Recorded and produced entirely by the band, Every Night appeared in 2009, followed by American Riviera two years later in 2011. An EP recorded at Sawhorse Studios in St. Louis, Missouri titled Sawhorse Sessions also appeared in 2011 . Only Human arrived in the spring of 2012. In October 2014, the band announced that they would be changing their name to Beta Play. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi