52 Church street
MA, 02138

Pile – Tickets – The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA – April 2nd, 2017


LP Release


Gnarwhal, The Kominas, Kal Marks

Sun, April 2, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$12 advance / $15 day of show

This event is 18 and over

The Sinclair is general admission standing room only. Tickets available at AXS.COM, or by phone at 888-929-7849. No service charge on tickets purchased in person at The Sinclair Box office Wednesdays-Saturdays 12-7PM. Please note: box office is cash only.

Pile have never released the same album twice, since the project’s 2007 beginnings the Boston quartet have been continuously evolving, pushing expectations, and obliterating good sensibility. A Hairshirt of Purpose, the band’s fifth album continues that tradition in a different light. Following the raw intensity and unpredictability of You’re Better Than This, the band settled down to create an album about “the joys of solitude” and “the inescapable selfishness of every action,” exploring the limits of the studio in the process. If their last album was a challenge to their audience, A Hairshirt of Purpose is a challenge to the band itself.Recorded at home in Boston at The Record Co. the studio's big windows and close proximity marked a change from the band’s previous recordings. Pile vocalist/guitarist Rick Maguire shared, “we were at home and we could see the sun, and I think both of those things lent themselves to a more focused and deliberate record.” There’s a warmth and radiant accessibility to be found throughout the album as the band experimented with different instruments (violin, viola, piano, organs, synths, banjo, etc) and are sounding push toward clarity. Pile balance their ferocious tendencies with moments of beauty, building tension with release never too far behind.Well known as “your favorite band’s favorite band” and for a tireless work ethic, Pile have earned their following from years of DIY touring and a humble approach to uncompromising performances. Never afraid to switch styles, Pile’s music has morphed over the years, embracing both the ferocious and gentle sides of punk, indie, folk, and noise rock, delivering their own brand of gnarled intensity. Since coming together as a full band in 2009, Pile have toured as much as their lives collectively allow, playing over 600shows spread out over the US, Canada, UK and Europe.
We are a Nashville rock band. We have big aspirations. One day we will be on Buzz ballads and buzzfest and headbangers ball.
The Kominas
The Kominas
The Kominas are a situationalist punk band, a la Sex Pistols, modeling themselves after punk bands in 1977 who made careers out of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. Much like the Pistols' Anarchy in the UK or God Save the Queen, The Kominas wrote songs like "Sharia Law in the USA" or "No one's gonna honor kill my baby but me."

Having released four albums to date, The Kominas have received praise from notable thought leaders like Rolling Stone, VICE, FADER, NPR, and The Guardian. They regularly perform at festivals and colleges throughout the United States and Europe, having shared stages with notable artists across borders and genres, including Jello Biafra, DJ Rekha, Black Lips, Heems, King Khan, Bobby Friction, and Discharge. The band was featured in an award-winning documentary entitled "Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam" bringing the story of their creative missions to audiences worldwide as they attempted to forge a punk music scene in Pakistan.

The band launched their latest album "Stereotype" to much critical acclaim in 2015, and premiered a thought-provoking music video tackling xenophobia for the single "See Something, Say Something" in conjunction with NPR Music. They also reworked a classic Pakistani burlesque tune by Noor Jehan into the theme song for the upcoming documentary Zunn: Showgirls of Pakistan.

The Kominas kicked off 2016 by being thrown out of a Donald Trump Rally. They are set to record a new album, launch several videos, and are looking to tour heavily throughout this year.
Kal Marks
Kal Marks
The Boston, MA trio Kal Marks released their sophomore full length, Life Is Murder, on September 17th through Sophomore Lounge, Midnight Werewolf, and Exploding In Sound Records. Life is Murder marks a change for the band thanks to an exceptional solidified line-up of musicians as well as the band's first album recorded in a professional studio. The results are stunning. An extremely personal record, Carl Shane (vocals/guitars) says the name Life is Murder is "roughly about dealing with depression and the struggle of keeping a band and my life together".

Kal Marks sound is unique, mixing brilliant songwriting with spacious and patient guitars and heavy rhythms. Slow builds lead to chaotic finales. Warm folk rock influences collide with sludgy beauty and post-rock tension. Kal Marks influences encompass a wide range of rock music, from Harvey Milk, KARP, and Modest Mouse, to Neil Young, Brian Eno, and John Fahey. The heavy sounds of Black Sabbath and Shellac, to the explorative music of Nick Drake and Mount Eerie.

Fixtures of Boston's fertile music scene, Kal Marks are one of the city's hardest working bands. Originally a solo project of Carl Shane, Kal Marks began in 2007 with Shane recording to a 4-track in his sisters' bathroom in New Hampshire. Soon after he moved to Boston and by 2009, the line-up had expanded to become a full band, embraced by the rabid basement scene due to consistently entrancing shows. The band self-released their debut Goodbye Horses in March 2011 and followed with the incredible Piss of the Century EP in July 2012. Kal Marks' line-up shifted throughout the years until Mike Geacone (bass) and Nick Egersheim (drums) joined the band in early 2013.
Venue Information:
The Sinclair
52 Church St
Cambridge, MA, 02138

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