Horn Spotlight: Pile/Modern Vices

by Stephanie Holstein ’18

Boston’s Pile has been releasing content since 2007 and is constantly revitalizing its style—ranging from slow, acoustic songs such as “the moon,” to more aggressive, free-falling tracks like “don’t touch anything.” There’s a braveness in their artistic license, and it is this unpredictability in their lyrics and sound that keeps you listening/nodding along. Pile is currently in the middle of a three-month tour which will end in Glasgow, Scotland.

Modern Vices, a self-proclaimed dirty doo-wop garage band, was created after the release of its self-titled debut album in October 2014. Since then, the band has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, NME, and Slug Magazine, expanding its reputation beyond the Chicago punk scene and into that of underground rock and roll. Its sound is completely unique, as it it blends together crooning fifties vocals with a more current pop-punk influence, rooting its experimental style in the musical tradition of allowing past music to influence its own.

Here are a couple songs from Pile and Modern Vices I’ve been jamming out to this week! Enjoy, and be sure to swing by the show this Saturday at 10:00 p.m. at the Horn Gallery!


“afraid of home”

“don’t touch anything”

“the moon”

Modern Vices

“Cheap style”


“Smoke Rings”

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