Amongst all the bad news the world, there are a few slivers of light; one of them being the single from A Hairshirt of Purpose, the next record from Boston stalwarts, Pile.
Everything’s bigger in Texas and so too is Pile. Featuring more muscular production than their last release, this track conjures visions of confusion and disaster.
“One twice the size of Texas in the middle of the drink,” singer Rick Maguire drones, seemingly in reference to the giant vortexes of trash collecting in the Pacific. Sludgy and acidic, the song heaves and lurches through an ever-shifting structure and jerking repeatedly to a halt only to bolt off again like a crazed bull.
Maguire and guitarist Matt Becker lock in over the rumble of tom drums, creating anxiety-inducing twists as they fall in and out of sync, their riffs crackling like frayed wires. Klaxons sound the alarm moments before the sky is split by his lightning-strike snare cracks.
Much like so much plastic refuse caught in oceanic currents the listener is in a tumultuous maelstrom with no shore in sight. And in the midst of the swirling chaos, is Maguire, shouting and howling with all the composure of a drowning man before it’s all brought to an end by one last cannon-like barrage of drum strikes, the nightmare over as quickly as it begins.
Unhinged and unforgiving, ‘Texas’ promises a sound as volatile as their previous output now only more jagged.
A Hairsuit of Purpose drops on 3/31 through Exploding In Sound Records. Pre-order here.