Pile's new album Green and Gray is out today on Exploding In Sound Records, and it sees the Boston band's unique take on grungy post-hardcore in fine form. As frontman Rick Maguire explained to Noisey, the plan was to write two albums, an aggressive one and a mellow one, and "this was supposed to be the aggressive one, but there are some very mellow songs on it. And that’s kind of how the past however-many-records have turned out. Time creeps up, and then there’s just one record." You can stream the whole thing below.

As mentioned, Pile are also gearing up for a tour that will hit Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 23 with C.H.E.W. and Pelican Movement (tickets). All dates are listed below.

As Pile are getting ready to hit the road, we asked the band what music they've been listening to lately, and all four members picked some songs and albums and wrote some commentary for each one. Read on for their picks...



Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Who'll Stop The Rain"

I work at a very special dive bar in Nashville with a juke box that is mainly maintained by Roy Orbison and Conway Twitty. Every once in a while after hearing "crying" four times someone will play this song and it really gets everyone going. It's not only my favorite song at the bar, but has an incredible arc for such a simple song so I have to listen every day.

Blessed - "Disease"

It's very early in the year but this is already possibly my favorite album that will come out. The whole album is so dynamic and this song is so crazy catchy it is forever in my recently searched.

Hall and Oates - "Private Eyes"

I can't try listen to this song while holding anything becuase those claps are INFECTIOUS. Nothing lifts my mood like Hall and Oates and also my dad looks like John Oats so that is cool.


Bad History Month - Dead and Loving It

After listening to Sean's music for the last 9 years has been great. This album has been stuck in my head for months now. I find myself waking up and needing to put it on. It's a great album so the way through. My favorite track recently has been "Being Nothing".

Joep Beving - Henosis

This is the third in a trilogy of recordings that I have followed closely. With this last one He has added a small orchestra to add to his minimalist piano compositions. This and all of Joep's recordings create a peaceful and contemplative atmosphere. Great for working around the house or computer tasks. The track "Anima" is a great example of the foundation of Joep's works.

Nicholas Brittel - If Beale Street Could Talk (OST)

This stunning score had been on repeat since I saw the film in the theater. It compliments the film so well that I can close my eyes while listening and see scenes in my mind months later. Both heart breaking and comforting. It builds anticipation and yet calms at the same time. This score is beautiful and stands on its own. The film is fantastic as well and really brings the music to life.


Cate Le Bon - "What's Not Mine"

I don't know, I just keep listening to this song over and over.

Hiroshi Yoshimura - Music for Nine Postcards

I love this record and hope to be able to make one like it someday. It's perfect music for chilling quietly.


Landowner - "Moving Again" (from the album Blatant)

I heard this song when I was getting ready to move again.

Tropical Fuck Storm - "The Planet of Straw Men"

This band is weird, catchy, uniquely heavy, and Australian. The video is cool too.

Harry Nilsson - "Without You" (Demo from Nilsson Sessions 1971-1974)

Harry just sounds soooo sad on this version of the track. I love all the wrong notes and how his voice cracks.

Glued - Cool Evil

This band is very good. Sick riffs, clever forms, strange melodies, and passive aggressive yet still direct words. Very captivating live show as well, I highly recommend anyone go see them if given the opportunity.


Pile -- 2019 Tour Dates
May 8 - Nashville - Drkmttr*
May 10 - Dallas - Three Links*
May 11 - Austin - Barracuda*
May 12 - San Antonio - Paper Tiger*
May 13 - Houston - White Oak Music Hall*
May 15 - Tampa - Crowbar*
May 16 - Orlando - Will's Pub*
May 17 - Atlanta - 529*
May 18 - Carrboro NC - Cat's Cradle*
May 19 - DC - Songbyrd*
May 21 - Philly - Boot & Saddle*
May 22 - Philly - PhilaMoca*
May 23 - Brooklyn - Music Hall of Williamsburg*
May 25 - Boston - Boston Calling
May 26 - Burlington - ArtsRiot+
May 28 - Toronto - Horseshoe Tavern+
May 29 - Cleveland - Mahall's +
May 30 - Detroit - Trumbullplex+
May 31 - Chicago - Subterranean*
June 1 - Chicago - Do Division Fest
Jun 2 - Minneapolis - 7th St Entry
Jun 6 - Vancouver - Fox Cabaret ^
Jun 7 - Seattle - Vera ^
Jun 8 - Portland - Mississippi Studios ^
Jun 10 - Reno - Holland Project ^
Jun 11 - San Francisco - The Chapel ^
Jun 13 - Los Angeles - Bootleg Theater ^
Jun 14 - San Diego - Soda Bar ^
Jun 15 - Phoenix - Rebel Lounge ^
Jun 18 - Denver - Larimer Lounge ^
Jun 19 - Kansas City - The Rino ^

* w/ C.H.E.W.
+ w/ Halfsour
^ w/ State Champion

More From Brooklyn Vegan