PILE DELIVERS INTENSE, MELODIC SHOW IN PHILADELPHIA

Words & Photos by Doug Dresher

October 31, 2022

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One of the best parts of being a music photographer is seeing a favorite band live and very close up. I had that experience in seeing the band Pile. Playing in the intimate space of Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia and in near complete darkness, Pile offered up an intense set.


Defying the low light, Pile delivered a stellar set – intense and ranging from pin-drop silence to a shattering intertwining guitar and howl – this was a show not to be missed.


Pile have been around in one form or another since the late 2000s, and they continue to gain in popularity. Their music is both dark and brooding and melodic enough to have the entire audience sing along. Generally, playing in a minor key, they definitely remind me of many of the other bands I like - Godspeed! You Black Emperor, Built to Spill, and many other math-rock bands. But enough of me – go listen to them, and I hope you enjoy.


Here have some photographs.

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Born from an existential argument between the modernists and postmodernists, I have found my home with the post-punks and those who love a good slice of pizza. I live in a world of art in the age of mechanical reproduction and the ever-elusive decisive moment. Punctum and studium aside, I like to take photographs of people and things to see how they look photographed. While I miss CBGBs, I think Asbury Park is as close as we are ever going to get to making punk whatever we make it to be. The future is unwritten and I owe it all to Mr. Bradley and Mr. Martin. Let us now praise famous men and ask the little prince for his thoughts. Sometimes I'm on the road, but If it wasn’t for the honor of the thing, I’d rather walk. My loving wife supports this albatross of an obsession and my kids put up with me well. BA, MFA, M.Ed., BCEA, Tri-X, and Nikon.

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