In 2009, a basement dweller from Boston released Jerk Routine and called his recording project Pile. The album’s centerpiece ‘Haunt’ featured a dilapidated blues scale and a moaning vocal where Rick Maguire openly offered to “share” his influenza. After 10 years and about 10 million fans crowding the other side of the door, not too much has changed. You can still catch Maguire howl about a mouth “full of dust” atop guitars that sound like they’re getting the life strangled out of them. Ugliness and ugliness somehow combine to make prettiness.

‘Bruxist Grin’ is the first track of Pile’s upcoming seventh LP Green and Gray, and once again sees the band showcasing a fabulous entry point to their discography. Maguire explains the track:

"I wrote "Bruxist Grin" when I was getting ready to move... I'd been showing people my place to take my apartment, and getting my life together to go make this record to then move two days after the session. It was a super tight timeline and I went to bed and had a panic attack. I hadn’t had one before, and I thought it came on kind of like a psychedelic experience, like when the acid starts to kick in and it’s like 'oh, here we go.' My heart was pounding and I didn’t know what was happening but I knew that there was a lot about my current way of living that was about to change and I assume it was just my body reacting to all of it. It was pitch black, and I perceived looking at myself and my position to the rest of the world, physically, psychologically and spiritually, and feeling this overwhelming anxiety, and that’s what the song’s about."

We feel a sympathy towards the hard truths of panic and anxiety that Maguire wails about so effectively all throughout the track. To boot, the band are never overindulgent or pompous about how they have no casual fans. There are those that have never heard Pile and those that worship them. One listen to ‘Bruxist Grin’ and you’re welcome to join the latter.

Pile's Green and Grey comes out through Exploding in Sound on May 3rd - pre-order here.

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