Sound Advice: Pinegrove with Vagabon and ADJY (July 17)

Indie rockers Pinegrove play the Southgate House Revival.

click to enlarge Pinegrove - Photo: Andrew Piccone
Photo: Andrew Piccone
It might be difficult to view a band’s formation as a matter of destiny, but with Pinegrove, that conclusion seems almost inevitable when you consider that vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Evan Stephens Hall and drummer/vocalist Zack Levine have been playing music together since they were 7 years old. By the time the pair graduated from high school, they had already formed a band, broken up and reformed, amassing a responsive audience in their hometown of Montclair, N.J. Hall and Levine went their separate ways for college — Hall to Kenyon College, where he might have crossed paths with Walk the Moon’s Nicholas Petricca, and Levine to Northwestern. But they made a pot/munchies/My Morning Jacket-fueled pact to return to a band configuration once they had finished their studies.

In 2010, Hall and Levine assembled Pinegrove as an Americana/Indie Rock outfit — think Guster steered by Son Volt — with help from Levine’s younger brother Nick on guitar (Nick recently opted out of the band). The band coalesced quickly, self-releasing its first EP, Mixtape One, months after forming. That was followed by a 2012 full-length, Meridian, and a couple more EPs. 

In 2015, Pinegrove signed to Run for Cover Records, who reissued its compilation album, Everything So Far, later that same year. In early 2016, the band released Cardinal, its first studio album for RFC, which was followed five months later by a live album culled from the group’s Audiotree sessions. Pinegrove’s second live recording came less than a year later with Elsewhere, a collection of tracks taped during an extensive 2016 tour.

Pinegrove was on the road during the 2016 presidential campaign and election and felt the only sensible way forward was to foster an atmosphere of unity and love. To that end, the band’s catalog at was made available for free or for a voluntary donation to the Southern Poverty Law Center, one of the most high-profile and successful civil rights law firms in the country. 

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