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
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.

Treadles began as the solo project of KC making their first recording debut with a a brooding cover of “Doctor Blind” by Emily Haines of Metric and Broken Social Scene. Retaining Haine’s arrant noir inflection, Treadles personalizes the original’s ethereal, glimmering atmosphere with a heavier, more arid instrumentation reminiscent of True Widow.

Treadles has developed into a full band orchestration with the debut EP release for “Bees Are Thieves Too”. The album is a six song document that has depth and sincerity. It evokes darker shades of blue and purple, illuminated by the vocal harmonies of KC and Emily.

Treadles is:
KC, Emily, Ian, Rustle



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