Pinegrove

photo credit: Daniel Topete

Pinegrove, the band fronted by Evan Stephens Hall, has signed to Rough Trade Records and is set to release Marigold on January 17th. This first two tracks are aces. Here’s what Hall has to say about the track below.

Evan explains the track “the song phase is more or less about insomnia—trying to sleep but things racing in your mind, looking around your room, looking at things from the perspective of your bed, seeing all the things you could do or should be doing, enumerating tasks, making lists in your head, moving through anxieties & eventually, hopefully, into sleep.”

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Pinegrove – Cardinal (album review)

by Woody on April 26, 2016

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I first heard of Pinegrove via Steven Hyden’s excellent Celebration Rock podcast. And the hard reality is that I only clicked on this podcast because he had Amber Webber from Black Mountain on. And man, did turn out to be fortuitous; as I was won over after his talk with the lead singer and chief songwriter, Evan Stephens Hall.

Hyden described them as such – merging DIY punk with country and folk on the recent album Cardinal. Maybe it’s because of that description but I was immediately reminded of early Lucero when I first spun Cardinal. They don’t sound like them per se, but Cardinal combines this heart-on-your-sleeve ethos with this feeling that they are pouring ounce of their being into their music. And they also have this knack for breaking your heart, like some of Lucero’s best.

The album’s four track, Aphasia, is pretty damn amazing. Its heartbreaking in that protagonist is finding it hard to connect with the world around him but slowly finds his voice which coincides with the bridge that builds with a rousing chorus and crunching guitars, leading into a nice guitar outro. If you don’t feel anything after that you’re either dead or you listen to shitty music.

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