For the past few years one of the most prevalent bands in Boston has been Chicago transplants, Krill. The three-piece has quickly become one of the most beloved acts in town. They will soon be coming out with a new, as of yet untitled, album and begin a tour this week that will take them up and down the east coast, to the midwest, and up to Canada. You can catch them tonight, September 29, at Great Scott before they head out, and you probably should.
Krill’s take indie rock is dressed in quirk and charm. They sort of started with Tufts University friends Aaron Ratoff who plays guitar, and Luke Pyenson, the former drummer who left the band to go to grad school in London. But they also sort of started way before that.
Once Pyenson departed, there was a chance Krill would cease to exist, but Becker moved to Boston to join.
The band’s new album will be the first completely written and recorded by the current iteration of the band. Recorded at Sonelab in Western Massachusetts. Krill wanted to do something a little different than their prior two releases EP “Steve Hear Pile in Malden and Bursts into Tears,” 2013’s full length “Lucky Leaves,” and their debut, “Alam No Hris.”
Ratoff said the album represents an effort that’s more honed in.
“I think it’s really different … it’s like a little more complicated. The music is more composed. It feels like there is way more going on,” said Ratoff “It feels more ambitious. I think we all wanted to make something that was a statement, kind of. The last one was little bit more loose, this one is a little bit more focused.”
“It’s like 46 minutes and nine songs, so songs are average five minutes, and we’ve only ever had one song over five minutes before. Stuff is way longer, I think it demands a lot more of the listener which is a little risky, but definitely where we want to go. It’s still easy harmony and catchy music, and still rock and pop, or something like that,” said Furman. “I think it’s way more ambitious. The other stuff was a little two-dimensional in terms of lyrical content. I mean I think it was good, it was just that there were more parables … Instead of vignettes there more like short stories– there’s a lot more to unpack.”
The music is also very influenced by the city and the music community Krill has found themselves a part of. It’s hard to separate the band from places like Jamaica Plain and the Great Scott.
“I think [“Lucky Leaves”] was influenced a lot by JP and kind of changed a lot [because of] Boston bands they started to play with. This year, too, when we were writing the new album, so much of it owes a lot to [Boston],” said Becker. “Even musically when I hear it I’ll be thinking ‘Oh shit, in this one drum part I was totally thinking of this one part in a Pile song.’ We all feel pretty invested in the city and specifically the music scene.”
“It feels like we’ve been working harder, which is good. We’ve played a lot of shows recently and done a bunch of tours. It’s nice we have the opportunity to do that,” said Ratoff.