“Lowered Rainbow” by Pile

Pile have shared a new video for their latest single “Lowered Rainbow,” the final taste of their forthcoming album, All Fiction, dropping February 17th via Exploding In Sound. “Musically, this one took a bunch of different shapes before it landed the way it did on the record,” Rick Maguire explains. “The structure of the song didn’t really change much from when it was written so most of the alterations made were textural, and we pushed it further than a lot of other songs we have. Lyrically, it’s about cults, conspiracy theories, and the trend toward increasingly imaginative beliefs about reality.”

“I’ve been trying to get out of what I think is ‘the rock band format,’ and I was also tired of what I saw as our identity as a band,” explains Ric Maguire, citing the profound impact he’s drawn from Mt. Eerie’s unusual timbres, Kate Bush’s ambitious singularity, and Aphex Twin’s irreplicable soundscapes. “The confusion about identity combined with existential anxiety led to exploring my imagination as a means of escape.” As far back as 2017, Maguire’s songwriting gravitated toward more obtuse influences, with a Prophet X synthesizer eventually replacing guitar as his primary composing tool. But when Pile’s lineup changed after his move to Nashville, Maguire was hesitant to stray far from the band’s established heavy sound, lest his newer bandmates take critical heat. Squirreling away that material for a later record afforded him time to explore deliberately. “I’ve been more drawn to recordings where it’s difficult to identify what’s happening,” offers Maguire of the albums that impacted All Fiction; the list is vast, touching on adventuresome heavy-hitters like Portishead, Broadcast, Penderecki and Tinariwen. “I also wanted to use different instruments and recording techniques to highlight the songs, rather than creating the visual of a band performing them,” he says.

Pile have announced a fall tour in support of All Fiction, with more dates to be announced soon. The band is also playing 5 east coast record release shows starting late February and have an EU tour in the spring.

All Fiction
Exploding In Sound Records

1. It Comes Closer
2. Loops
3. Gardening Hours
4. Link Arms
5. Blood
6. Lowered Rainbow
7. Forgetting
8. Poisons
9. Nude With A Suitcase
10. Neon Gray


2/27 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA

2/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA

3/1 – Ridgewood, NY @ TV Eye

3/2 – Ridgewood, NY @ TV Eye

3/3 – Somerville, MA @ Arts at the Armory

3/8 – Lille, FR @ La Bulle Café

3/10 – Paris, FR @ Supersonic

3/12 – Barcelona, ES @ Razzmatazz

3/13 – Madrid, ES @ Moby Dick

3/14 – Lisbon, PT @ ZDB

3/15 – Porto, PT @ Maus Hábitos

3/16 – San Sebastian, ES @ Dabadaba

3/19 – Bologna, IT @ Freakout club

3/20 – Milan, IT @ Circolo Arci Bellezza

3/21 – Zürich, CH @ Rote Fabrik

3/22 – Bochum, DE @ Die Trompete

3/23 – Amsterdam, NL @ Doka

3/24 – Antwerpen, BE @ Trix

3/26 – Malmö, SE @ Plan B

3/27 – Berlin, DE @ Badehaus

3/29 – Groningen, NL @ Vera

3/31 – London, UK @ 9294

4/1 – Birmingham, UK @ Castle and Falcon

4/2 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club

4/3 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo

4/4 – Manchester, UK @ Soupkitchen

4/5 – Bristol, UK @ Exchange

4/6 – Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store

9/8 – Portland, ME @ SPACE Gallery

9/10 – Rochester, NY @ Big Jar

9/12 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern

9/13 – Detroit, MI @ El Club

9/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club

9/19 – Missoula, MT @ Zoo Town Arts

9/21 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern

9/22 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios

9/26 – San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord

10/1 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar

10/2 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge

10/6 – Denton, TX @ Andy’s Bar

10/9 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall

10/11 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa

10/16 – Richmond, VA @ Richmond Music Hall

Pre-order All Fiction by Pile HERE


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