In American indie-rock there are several examples of bands that have made their way through the ranks of persistence, stubbornness and the unshakeable belief of those who don’t want, can’t, can’t have another career. Think of Yo La Tengo – almost forty years into their career – who needed almost a decade to get to Matador and invite the world to look at them, to the past, and, since then, neither they nor we have stopped looking to the future. Pile are part of this category of stubborn good guys. Active since 2007, born in Boston, now living in Nashville, they have accepted the slow progression as a path to take, betting on continuous releases and tours, tours, tours. You could say it’s now starting to bear fruit that can be seen. “All Fiction” (Exploding In Sound), to be released in February, the new studio album in sixteen years, confirms the creative crescendo since “A Hairshirt of Purpose” (2017) and a good follow-up to “Songs Known Together, Alone” (2021), of those albums that came out during the pandemic that have both bleak and fascinating: mainly because it set the band reinterpreting already recorded and edited themes, stripping them down to the world with a filter that communicated the present.
A classic rock trio consisting of Rick Maguire (vocals, guitar), Alex Molini (bass) and Kris Kuss (drums), Pile are preparing to celebrate the release of “All Fiction” with a month-long tour of Europe. The hardest part is done, for the last decade they have been rehearsing to play their coming of age record, the one where they fine-tune the punk/indie skeleton of the first albums, with the unfinished song idea of “Songs Known Together, Alone” and a willingness to experiment with configurations and sounds that are beyond the classic formatting of the rock trio. The vigour and power of pulling out 3 / 4 minute pearls is still all there. Now it just blossoms to various sides. The Pile’s moment is here. AS