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Who: Rye Pines
A little bit of background: More often than not, we discover new acts based on word of mouth. Rye Pines is no exception to that. The pair’s, Edward Mcguire (vocals, guitar, bass) and Alex Page (drums), first release dates back to 2011 and the two have been circulating the local scene ever since. Playing shows alongside acts like Pile, Idiot Genes, Fat Creeps, Bent Shapes, and others – Rye Pines has been slowly working their way up bills and IMHO – should be headlining in no time.
Early this year they released a powerful LP, “A Portrait of Dissonance as a Young Man,” and more recently released a single “Blood Red Bridge” with a brooding and dark video by the badass team over at Eye Design. The aptly titled record explores dissonant themes with skill and sincerity. Over the course of the record, Mcguire seems equally disassociated yet confined by the world around him while straddling a line between depression and contentment.
Sounds kinda like: indie rock
Why you should care: The opening lines of “Good Health” had me do a double take because Isaac Brock’s vocals are alive and well in Mcguire’s body. Tinges of early Modest Mouse, Built To Spill, and Wolf Parade are heard here, but it manages to sound fresh. Revolving around Mcguire’s introspective lyrics are tight and rhythmic bass lines complementing Page’s steady limbs. One listen through “A Portrait of Dissonance as a Young Man” and I was sold.
Fun fact: If you frequent this Allston watering hole, you may recognize Page…
Press play: Check out that new video for “Blood Red Bridge” below.
Like what you hear? Don’t wait around to push play on this, do it now and get out to Great Scott tonight to see them alongside another AP fave, Attic Abasement. Kick off your weekend early with this killer lineup.
w/Rye Pines, The Pits
Thursday, July 10
1222 Commonwealth Ave, Allston, MA
9:00 p.m. – 18+ – $8