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Pile: December 9, 2017 Market Hotel

December 26, 2017
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[photos by Stephanie Ronquillo – full set at her Flickr and Instragram]

Pile is one of those bands who you thought was your little secret and suddenly there are 500 people at their show. There’s something to be said for a band that grows its fanbase steadily and organically through consistently solid shows and records. Pile has existed for more than ten years and since signing to the most excellent Exploding In Sound Records in 2011, the trend has continued upward. The last couple of years have been remarkable. We saw them in 2015 at SXSW before a modest crowd and then later 2015 before a couple of hundred at Baby’s All Right. Earlier this year, we captured their sold out show at Sunnyvale. But a couple of weeks ago Pile sold out five-hundred strong at Market Hotel.

Buoyed by the band’s most recent album, the superb A Hairshirt of Purpose, Pile has finally and deservedly arrived. The Market Hotel offers a nice companion to the Pile experience, both are authentically DIY. The packed-in fans responded in kind, singing along to all of the lyrics showing true appreciation for the older obscure numbers that the band whipped out late in the set. The setlist for this show was heavy on Hairshirt material, but also delved into their self-released 2011 7″ (“Scissors”), “Pigeon Song” from the Boston Hassle compilation, and a couple of songs from the early Dripping album. We expect to see Pile again as often as possible, and hopefully at Market Hotel in the Spring or Summer.

This recording was captured by FOH Harrison utilizing the internal USB drive recording device on the Market Hotel’s Behringer X32 Soundboard. For a straight board feed from a smallish room, this recording is quite well balanced other than somewhat more prominent vocals. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

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Pile
2017-12-09
Market Hotel
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Upfront Audience

Soundboard [Engineer: Harrison Fore] + 16bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 52:36]
01 Texas
02 Baby Boy
03 The World is Your Motel
04 Worms
05 Hissing for Peace
06 Special Snowflakes
07 Hairshirt
08 [banter – thanks]
09 Leaning on a Wheel
10 Grunt Like a Pig
11 Fingers
12 Pigeon Song
13 Scissors
14 Rock and Roll Forever with the Customer in Mind
15 [encore break]
16 Rock and Roll Forever with the Customer in Mind – Reprise

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Pile: March 19, 2015 Longbranch Inn – Impose SXSW – Flac/MP3/Streaming

March 30, 2015
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Pile Live
[screenshot from video by Niko Matses]

Thursday was my first day of SXSW this year and it was a very long day. I awoke at the crack of dawn in NYC and flew to Austin arriving around 1pm local time. The afternoon was filled with errands, a few beers, some local cuisine and then it was time to get to the Impose Magazine “Imposition” show at the Longbranch Inn on East 11th. The roster for this night was filled with fake names — bands that due to silly contractual games couldn’t be named until after playing the “official” shows on the west side of town. It was not long after we arrived that the actual bill for the night was announced and it was as we expected from these Impose shows, a fine list of current up and comers. The anchor for the night was Boston’s Pile, a band that’s not exactly new but who are finally getting the attention they deserve. By the time the band took the stage it was after 1:30 am and I was pushing 24 straight hours awake — but these guys gave me a much needed jolt of energy.

Pile began in 2009 began as Rick Maguire’s solo project before he recruited a band to tour. The band’s shows have become legendary in the Boston DIY scene, as Pile has become what’s been described as “your favorite band’s favorite band”. The band’s new album You’re Better Than This (Exploding In Sound Records) was released earlier this month. The album has its ferocious and gentle sides, a loud-soft-loud dynamic that exhibits influences that include post-punk, noise rock, and even anti-folk. I hear everything from the Minutemen through Built To Spill and of course their hometown predecessors Mission of Burma. For this short SXSW set, this live version of Pile was less about the “soft” and more about the straight ahead punk which was fine with us. The set began with three straight songs from You’re Better, and we’re streaming “The World is Your Motel” which absolutely raged. Pile is now on an extensive tour (dates here), which comes to NYC for an April 28 show at Baby’s All Right. This is a much recommended show from our viewpoint.

I recorded this set with the Sennheiser cards mounted on a stand directly in front of the soundboard and mixed with a board feed. The sound quality is quite excellent. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream “The World is Your Motel”:

Pile
2015-03-19
Long Branch Inn – Impose SXSW
Austin, TX USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Sennheiser MKH-8040 Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 23:17]
01 Tin Foil Hat
02 Hot Breath
03 The World is Your Motel
04 [banter – last call]
05 Number 2 Hit Single
06 [banter – good time]
07 The Browns
08 Rock and Roll Forever with the Customer in Mind

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