Sweet Billy Pilgrim
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Sweet Billy Pilgrim, led by their singer songwriter Tim Elsenburg, are critically acclaimed purveyors of atmospheric artpop. They are about release 'Crown & Treaty' via EMI Records, the follow-up to 2009’s Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize nominated, ‘Twice Born Men’, possibly the greatest record ever to feature a tuned dishwasher and to have been recorded in a garden shed.

Often compared to Radiohead, Sigur Rós, Talk Talk or Elbow, Sweet Billy Pilgrim try to achieve a sublime balance between their hooks and their moods, their ambitions and their humility. Failing that, they lose themselves in the details until something beautiful happens.

David Sylvian (who owns the label they released their last album on) said of the band: “Musicians these days are like rogue molecular scientists tinkering away in a shed at the bottom of the garden but whereas most tend to emerge with endearingly unstable little monsters, Sweet Billy Pilgrim manage to produce an entire universe.”

Their new album features another dishwasher, a choir of Pilgrims (fans), a a drunken Austrian tramp berating a Christian singing group, and the violation of an old leather armchair. Already Mojo Magazine have awarded it 'Instant Classic' status and 5 stars, saying 'A richer feast from more humble ingredients could scarcely be imagined'.

Singer Tim has also written music articles for Drowned in Sound and The Sunday Times, and would very much like to be published in Metal Hammer before he dies.

Blog Entries by Sweet Billy Pilgrim

Pilgrim's Progress II (What's the Value of 'Free'?)

(4) Comments | Posted 23 April 2013 | (14:08)

Photo by Julian Simpson

These are interesting times for Sweet Billy Pilgrim. In collaboration with Mojo Magazine who awarded it 5 stars and an 'Instant Classic' rating, we're going to give people a chance to download our last album, Crown &...

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When I Feel Heavy Metal

(0) Comments | Posted 28 July 2012 | (00:00)


I don't make heavy metal music. I guess if I had to label what I do in my band, Sweet Billy Pilgrim, it would be with something wince-inducing like 'progressive ambient pop' written in a tasteful calligraphic hand on expensive washi paper and tied...

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Pilgrims' Progress (That 'Difficult' Third Album)

(0) Comments | Posted 2 May 2012 | (00:00)


My band, Sweet Billy Pilgrim have just released a new album. Semantically speaking, I know that statement is a little naive; it might even sound disingenuous given that music is consumed in so many different ways now. I should amend it...

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Slab! Oratory (Or How Industrial Music Changed My Life)

(0) Comments | Posted 11 April 2012 | (00:00)


"...Like an iron foundry at full volume", promised a bemused NME reviewer of Descension by never-even-remembered UK industrial rockers Slab! I remember peering out at those words from behind a greasy curtain of teenage hair, and wondering why a band would want to sound...

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Mercury Prize Memories From a Former Nominee

(0) Comments | Posted 7 September 2011 | (08:53)

When I was told about our Mercury Prize nomination (for Twice Born Men in 2009) I was fitting a toilet seat, as part of my - then - day job. It was certainly one of those fairy-tale moments, despite the confines of the cubicle, my wee soaked knees and the...

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