From their earliest days as the solo project of frontman Rick Maguire, Pile have followed an unusual path through a decade in which rock bands have generally receded from the cultural spotlight. Starting out in 2007, in the then thriving Boston DIY scene, the band rapidly became heroes and standard-bearers for their hometown’s music community, garnering a cultish-adoration that has only intensified as that cult has grown, expanding by word of mouth along the Eastern seaboard and across the country over 10 years that have seen 6 full length albums and 100s of shows in basements, bars, punk houses and clubs.
With their last full length, 2017’s A Hairshirt of Purpose, Pile found their widest audience to date. Hailed as a release that communicated the inimitable quality of the live shows that have made the band near-legendary in certain circles, the album received praise from all quarters, earning them a critical-acclaim commensurate with the adoration, heaped on them by their contemporaries, that has long granted them “your favourite band’s favourite band” status.
Now, Pile are announcing their 7th album, Green and Gray, which will be out on May 3rd via Exploding In Sound, and sharing the album's first single "Bruxist Grin". Packed with the kind of hairpin dynamic shifts that have become Pile's hallmark, the track, with the aid of the album's engineer Kevin S. McMahon (Titus Andronicus, Frightened Rabbit, The Walkmen, Swans), opens up the space between the two poles of the Pile's sound. Showcasing Maguire's powerful voice, the track pulls from a seemingly bottomless bag of sonic tricks, shifting seamlessly from delicate acoustic guitar figures to pummeling full band rhythmic turns, relating the experience of Maguire's first panic attack with an almost psychedelic flair.
"I wrote "Bruxist Grin" when I was getting ready to move," Maguire explains. "I'd been showing people my place to take my apartment, and getting my life together to go make this record to then move two days after the session. It was a super tight timeline and I went to bed and had a panic attack. I hadn’t had one before, and I thought it came on kind of like a psychedelic experience, like when the acid starts to kick in and it’s like 'oh, here we go.' My heart was pounding and I didn’t know what was happening but I knew that there was a lot about my current way of living that was about to change and I assume it was just my body reacting to all of it. It was pitch black, and I perceived looking at myself and my position to the rest of the world, physically, psychologically and spiritually, and feeling this overwhelming anxiety, and that’s what the song’s about."
In support of the album the band will be heading out on an extensive North American tour. Full details can be found below.
'Green and Gray' is available for pre-order here.
Tour Dates May 8 - Nashville - Drkmttr* May 10 - Dallas - Three Links* May 11 - Austin - Barracuda* May 12 - San Antonio - Paper Tiger* May 13 - Houston - White Oak Music Hall* May 15 - Tampa - Crowbar* May 16 - Orlando - Will's Pub* May 17 - Atlanta - 529* May 18 - Carrboro NC - Cat's Cradle* May 19 - DC - Songbyrd* May 21 - Philly - Boot & Saddle* May 22 - Philly - PhilaMoca* May 23 - Brooklyn - Music Hall of Williamsburg* May 24 - Boston - Great Scott May 25 - Boston - Boston Calling May 26 - Burlington - ArtsRiot+ May 28 - Toronto - Horseshoe Tavern+ May 29 - Cleveland - Mahall's + May 30 - Detroit - El Club+ May 31 - Chicago - Subterranean June 1 - Chicago - Do Division Fest Jun 2 - Minneapolis - 7th St Entry Jun 6 - Vancouver - Fox Caberet ^ Jun 7 - Seattle - Vera ^ Jun 8 - Portland - Mississippi Studios ^ Jun 10 - Reno - Holland Project ^ Jun 11 - San Francisco - The Chapel ^ Jun 13 - Los Angeles - Bootleg Theater ^ Jun 14 - San Diego - Soda Bar ^ Jun 15 - Phoenix - Rebel Lounge ^ Jun 18 - Denver - Larimer Lounge ^ Jun 19 - Kansas City - The Rino ^ * w/ C.H.E.W. + w/ Halfsour ^ w/ State Champion
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