Pile – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – May 2nd, 2017


Smart, tense and tender Boston indie rock outfit with new LP, A Hairshirt of Purpose


Gnarwhal, Hang the Old Year

Tue, May 2, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10 ADV / $12 DOS

This event is 21 and over

Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seats 

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.
We are a Nashville rock band. We have big aspirations. One day we will be on Buzz ballads and buzzfest and headbangers ball.
Hang the Old Year
Hang the Old Year is a sprawling, heavy, psychedelic post-rock/post-metal band with a punk rock heart. They specialize in heavy music for weirdos and wimps. They were brought together in 2009 by mutual eclectic musical taste, obsession with anti-authoritarian politics and loud fuckin' ampzzz. The released their debut album, The Tower in 2011 and a follow up, self titled EP in 2013, and have toured the west coast 3 times. Featuring current or former members of Burials (PDX), Strangeweather (PDX), Sun Drugs, Slow Teeth, Black Chamber (PDX), Favela walls and too many other bands to list.

"Sporting sprawling song lengths that would make Godspeed You! Black Emperor proud, this Portland quartet shares that Canadian collective's knack for patient climbs to shimmering catharses, but Hang the Old Year adds hypnotically proggy vocals and sick, serpentine riffs to the mix. Hints of Doug Martsch and classic emo only make this slippery band more difficult to pin down. Digging it, however, is not hard at all."
-Chris Stamm, Willamette Week