Krill – Steve Hears Pile in Malden and Bursts into Tears

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Released Feb 18th, 2014 on Exploding In Sound

“Even though all three members of Krill live in Boston, the characters that inhabit their new EP, Steve Hears Pile in Malden and Bursts Into Tears, exist on the outskirts of reality. The five-song “failed concept album” loosely follows the story of an aspiring musician named Steve who tragically realizes he’s a character in a song by real-life Boston noisemakers Pile—a premise that would definitely intrigue me if I read it on the inside flap of a book jacket. The EP is more or less an extension of the disheveled slacker rock on the band’s recent full-length, Lucky Leaves, a sound that’s powered by tangential, almost math-y guitar riffs and razor-sharp rhythms. Bassist Jonah Furman’s vocals hover between playfully detached and deeply aggravated as he delivers the kind of artless, hyper-specific lyrics that make me wonder if I’m in on the joke. The songs on the EP are seemingly banal conversations between the protagonist Steve and his friend Mouth: they drool over the latest Pile album on the title track, make plans to catch a movie in the “Fresh Pond” neighborhood of Cambridge, and drive around suburban Massachusetts fretting about the “Unbounded Nameless Future.” I like to think that these tracks would appeal most to kids like Steve and Mouth, the claustrophobic townies who daydream about starting a band but their crippling self-doubt keeps them from ever really going for it.”
-The Fader