Pile, Animal Faces, Cut Teeth | Beat Kitchen | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Pile, Animal Faces, Cut Teeth 

When: Tue., April 21, 9 p.m. 2015
Price: $10
In certain pockets of the east coast, posthardcore band Pile are worshipped by a steadily building army of obsessive fans, and on their newest LP, You’re Better Than This (Exploding in Sound), you can hear why. They utilize the same atypical song structures, dreamy antifolk interludes, and skittish vocals that made Modest Mouse the Pacific Northwest’s preeminent cult band in the latter half of the 90s—but the Boston quartet are certainly more immediately ferocious. Blasts of teeth-rattling guitar energy imbue the otherwise docile “Tin Foil Hat” with invigorating instability, while “#2 Hit Song” is downright blistering, not to mention sardonic and playful. Front man Rick Maguire writes droll if unnerving lyrics about depression and isolation, and his voice is so cocooned by the thunderous music that you only occasionally make out lines like “I keep a good attitude / But I’ll never be Elvis, I guess/ Just one big, moist bag of garbage.” —Drew Hunt
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