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PILE and Spirit of the Beehive

  • 5037 Connecticut Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20008 United States (map)

Sasha Lord Presents...
Wednesday October 17th 
PILE & Spirit of the Beehive at Comet Ping Pong
$12 (advance) $15 (at door)
ALL Ages & 9pm Doors

PILE (Boston)
“Odds and Ends” (Record Release)

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

Spirit of the Beehive (PHL)