On Inauguration Day, indie/alt country band PINEGROVE released a live EP, titled Elsewhere via Bandcamp (see the player below), with all sales to be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The Montclair, NJ band are currently riding high on the success of their latest LP Cardinal, out now on Run For Cover Records, which ended up on several Best of 2016 lists including those from NPR, Pitchfork, SPIN, Stereogum, AV Club, Vulture, Paste and more. Drummer Zack Levine explained the live EP release in an interview with mic.com, detailing how they plan to use their music to resist Trump’s agenda over the next four years.
The band commented:
We recorded these songs towards the end of our tour with Kevin Devine, Petal, & Julien Baker—the last run of a year in which we played almost 200 shows! This release is intended as a thank you letter to everybody who supported us in any way. It was a challenging year, but So rewarding to meet so many wonderful people, & to learn a little more about what this good country is really like. We have found it to be beautiful the whole way through, populated by excellent people everywhere. We thank you sincerely for your help, your love, & your generosity. This tour took us across the United States through the days leading up to the 2016 US election, election day, & the aftermath. We felt consequently that it’s an especially good time to do what we can to promote love & equality. As a small gesture of commitment to the cause, this album is available for free or donation, & all profits will be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Thanks again.
Photo by Phillip Randall
4/27 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *SOLD OUT
5/12 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees
7/28 – New York, NY @ Panorama
8/03 – Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon
About the band:
Existing in various forms over the past several years with a rotating cast of members, songwriter Evan Stephens Hall and drummer Zack Levine are the core of Pinegrove. The two have played music together since the age of seven, following in the footsteps of their fathers who also play in a band together. When Hall arrived at Kenyon College in rural Ohio, he began to read and write more, thinking about how the two worked together, or as he puts it “how language is melodic and everything actually is rhythmic; that just as literature lives inside its own world, music can make an inviting, emotional, smart world with tradition and community too.” The earliest Pinegrove songs began to take shape at this point; the band’s moniker is actually derived from a pinegrove at the edge of Kenyon’s campus where Hall would often go to write.
The band have garnered a loyal following for their idiosyncratic indie rock which demonstrates a deep interest in the twangier reaches of American rock.