Pile share new single “The Soft Hands of Stephen Miller” | New album ‘Green and Gray’ out 3rd May on Exploding In Sound

April 28, 2019

Pile share new single
“The Soft Hands of Stephen Miller”

New album ‘Green and Gray’ out 3rd May on Exploding In Sound

Previous praise for Pile:

“In certain parts of Boston, Pile are beheld with the kind of reverence traditionally reserved for local sporting heroes and/or minor deities…their music crackles and explodes alongside frontman Rick Maguire’s over-firing neurons.”

“Pile is well-known as idols for their peers…The band balances the acrobatic and the annihilating as it shifts between gnarled melodies and heavy thrashing.”

“Messy, loud, and rhythmically intense…the tension between softer, sadder moments and the abrasive ones feels vital.”
“[Pile] have achieved the kind of mythical status typically ascribed to long-since-passed rock legends.”

“A guitar band that doesn’t sound like a guitar band; there’s something intense and brave about them, but it feels feminine, not macho, not over the top.”

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“[Pile have] a nimble sense of timing more often associated with jazz or classical musicians, and a compositional ambition exceeding that of nearly all of their peers.”

“Vivid and refined…[Pile have a] delirious energy that’s inspired a decade’s worth of devoted followers.”


Last month Pile announced their 7th album Green and Gray with the release of it’s first single, “Bruxist Grin.” The album, which is the follow up to the band’s critical breakthrough, 2017’s A Hairshirt of Purpose, is due out on Exploding In Sound on May 3rd, and has generated some early excitement, with praise for the first single arriving from outlets like Stereogum, who called the track “a song that will stay with you,” and NPR, who said that the band’s latest release “builds on the strength of its predecessor” and displays an elevated “sense of cohesion throughout.”

Pile have revealed the second single from their new album “The Soft Hands of Stephen Miller” accompanied by a video directed by William Hart. The track is the album’s heaviest and most abrasive, a sharp contrast to the first single, and concerns, according to frontman Rick Maguire, by the far-right presidential advisor, who inspires a rare kind of vitriol in him.

“The song is about the advisor to the president,” Maguire explains. “Usually, it’s difficult for me to concentrate much vitriol on one person, especially one I don’t know personally, but Stephen Miller is the exception. I’ve had similar sentiments regarding our president, but I can relate to him less than I can Stephen Miller, who is my age. On my better days, the idea of the president just saddens me because I know he’s profoundly confused and damaged beyond repair, but Stephen Miller is a different brand of smug racist. I could imagine him being on my bus in high school, and that, I think, brings to light a different but related set of complicated emotions.”

In support of the album the band will be heading out on an extensive North American tour. Full details can be found below.

 ‘Green and Gray’ will be released via Exploding In Sound on 3rd May. It is available for pre-order here.


1. Firewood
2. Your Performance
3. On a Bigger Screen
4. Other Moons
5. Hair
6. A Labyrinth With No Center
7. The Soft Hands of Stephen Miller
8. Lord of Calendars
9. Bruxist Grin
10. A Bug On Its Back
11. My Employer
12. Hiding Places
13. No Hands

Tour Dates
May 8 – Nashville – Drkmttr*
May 10 – Dallas – Three Links*
May 11 – Austin – Barracuda*
May 12 – San Antonio – Paper Tiger*
May 13 – Houston – White Oak Music Hall*
May 15 – Tampa – Crowbar*
May 16 – Orlando – Will’s Pub*
May 17 – Atlanta – 529*
May 18 – Carrboro NC – Cat’s Cradle*
May 19 – DC – Songbyrd*
May 21 – Philly – Boot & Saddle*
May 22 – Philly – PhilaMoca*
May 23 – Brooklyn – Music Hall of Williamsburg*
May 24 – Boston – Great Scott
May 25 – Boston – Boston Calling
May 26 – Burlington – ArtsRiot+
May 28 – Toronto – Horseshoe Tavern+
May 29 – Cleveland – Mahall’s +
May 30 – Detroit – El Club+
May 31 – Chicago – Subterranean
June 1 – Chicago – Do Division Fest
Jun 2 – Minneapolis – 7th St Entry
Jun 6 – Vancouver – Fox Caberet ^
Jun 7 – Seattle – Vera ^
Jun 8 – Portland – Mississippi Studios ^
Jun 10 – Reno – Holland Project ^
Jun 11 – San Francisco – The Chapel ^
Jun 13 – Los Angeles – Bootleg Theater ^
Jun 14 – San Diego – Soda Bar ^
Jun 15 – Phoenix – Rebel Lounge ^
Jun 18 – Denver – Larimer Lounge ^
Jun 19 – Kansas City – The Rino ^
* w/ C.H.E.W.
+ w/ Halfsour
^ w/ State Champion

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