On Feb.16 I got to talk to Evan Stephens Hall from Montclair, NJ-based indie-rock group Pinegrove. The band just released Cardinal via Run For Cover, and we talked about how just walking around a park in the summer inspired the album, touring, and tacos.
Listening to Hall discuss how he writes and thinks about music is also very revealing. In 2016, bands and labels find it more profitable to have an album be a series of singles, rather than a complete LP. Now, fans can just buy a single song, rather than buying a full record with only three or four songs they like, and another eight they could do without. To Hall however, creating an album and telling a story is part of making music, revealing why, in eight songs, Pinegrove is able to create such a memorable album in Cardinal.
Pinegrove will be playing in Bloomington on March 11 on their way to SXSW in Austin, TX. They’ll be joined by Zula, Super Regal and !mindparade at Uel Zing