PILE RELEASE “TEXAS” VIDEO ANNOUNCE FALL TOUR, INCLUDING DATES WITH CONVERGE A HAIRSHIRT OF PURPOSE OUT NOW ON EXPLODING IN SOUND
Boston, MA’s Pile have released a music video for “Texas,” a stand out from their most recent album, A Hairshirt of Purpose. Stereogum, who premiered the Adric Giles-directed video today, are saying “it’s a twitchy rock and roll song that showcases Pile at their very best,” while the Pile’s Rick Maguire says “the song is about the five gyres of trash floating in the ocean, I like to think that this little character symbolizes the collective unconscious running from that reality, but I guess it also represents the running against the current that pulls you towards the accumulation of trash. Yin and Yang or something.” A Hairshirt of Purpose, Pile’s 5th full-length album, is available now via Exploding In Sound Records.
Pile has also announced a fall tour, that includes dates with Converge. All dates below.
WATCH THE “TEXAS” VIDEO
9/20 – Buffalo, NY @ 9th Ward
9/21 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Funhouse
9/22 – Louisville, KY @ Cropped Out
9/23 – Cincinnati OH @ Midpoint Music Fest
9/24 – Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness
9/26 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
9/27 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
9/28 – Dekalb, IL @ House Cafe
9/29 – Madison, WI @ University of Madison WI
9/30 – Lincoln, NE @ Lincoln Call
10/2 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
10/3 – Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee’s
10/4 – Montreal, QC @ La Vitrola
10/5 – Burlington, VT @ Club Metronome
10/6 – Portsmouth, NH @ 3s Artspace
12/8 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
12/10 – Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus *
12/11 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage *
12/12 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel *
12/13 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall *
12/14 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade *
12/15 – Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry *
12/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
* w/ Converge
PRAISE FOR PILE:
“Pile seem to have achieved the kind of mythical status typically ascribed to long-since-passed rock legends.” – Stereogum
“The band balances the acrobatic and the annihilating as it shifts between gnarled melodies and heavy thrashing. While Pile’s music often dwells in extremes, even its heaviest moments rarely feel outwardly aggressive. Maguire is inviting listeners inside his head, and it’s loud in there.” – NPR
“The sharp new LP from the Boston rockers avoids expectation without losing their asymmetrical songwriting style.” – Pitchfork
“Boundless and catchy” –The FADER
Pile have never released the same album twice, since the project’s 2007 beginnings the Boston quartet have been continuously evolving, pushing expectations, and obliterating good sensibility. A Hairshirt of Purpose, the band’s fifth album continues that tradition in a different light. Following the raw intensity and unpredictability of You’re Better Than This, the band settled down to create an album about “the joys of solitude” and “the inescapable selfishness of every action,” exploring the limits of the studio in the process. If their last album was a challenge to their audience, A Hairshirt of Purpose is a challenge to the band itself.
Recorded at home in Boston at The Record Co. the studio’s big windows and close proximity marked a change from the band’s previous recordings. Pile vocalist/guitarist Rick Maguire shared, “we were at home and we could see the sun, and I think both of those things lent themselves to a more focused and deliberate record.” There’s a warmth and radiant accessibility to be found throughout the album as the band experimented with different instruments (violin, viola, piano, organs, synths, banjo, etc) and a resounding push toward clarity. Pile balance their ferocious tendencies with moments of beauty, building tension with release never too far behind.
Well known as “your favorite band’s favorite band” and for a tireless work ethic, Pile have earned their following from years of DIY touring and a humble approach to uncompromising performances. Never afraid to switch styles, Pile’s music has morphed over the years, embracing both the ferocious and gentle sides of punk, indie, folk, and noise rock, delivering their own brand of gnarled intensity. Since coming together as a full band in 2009, Pile have toured as much as their lives collectively allow, playing over 600 shows spread out over the US, Canada, UK and Europe.
A HAIRSHIRT OF PURPOSE EXPLODING IN SOUND RECORDS MARCH 31, 2017
Featured Photo Credit : Elisabeth Fuchsia