One of THE greatest live bands on the planet … Pile are coming to Ramsgate on May 28th!
The Boston noise-rock outfit are part classic country and part atonal noise rock, described by AV Club as “if Waylon Jennings stumbled into a Jesus Lizard show, grabbed the mic out of David Yow’s hands, then went on to finish the set”. As band descriptions go, they don’t come much better than that.
Avant-garde rock that, somehow, retains a vital level of accessibility. Prepare to be absolutely floored.
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.
There are plenty of moments that explain the phenomenon of Massachusetts post-hardcore quartet Pile: the rave reviews from fellow bands; the reasonable music writers driven into paroxysms attempting to explain their appeal; the crazed fans compiling detailed gear lists for members, getting lip tattoos, and wearing homemade t-shirts that call out not just specific Pile songs, but specific parts of specific Pile songs… a special band for many.
“For frontman Rick Maguire, it’s an endless cycle: create explosive songs, win listeners over at shows, watch the fanbase swell, feel unworthy of their praise, and write new songs to out-do what he feels didn’t warrant attention to begin with. In ways, that’s Pile’s weakness: being too good live” – Pitchfork
“One of the strangest bands in rock music – and one of the best” – AV Club