Last month Pile announced their 7th album Green and Gray with the release of it's first single, "Bruxist Grin." The album, which is the follow up to the band's 2017 album 'A Hairshirt of Purpose,' is due out on Exploding In Sound on May 3rd.
Today, Pile have revealed the second single from their new album "The Soft Hands of Stephen Miller" accompanied by a video directed by William Hart. The track is the album's heaviest and most abrasive, a sharp contrast to the first single, and concerns, according to frontman Rick Maguire, by the far-right presidential advisor, who inspires a rare kind of vitriol in him.
"The song is about the advisor to the president," Maguire explains. "Usually, it’s difficult for me to concentrate much vitriol on one person, especially one I don’t know personally, but Stephen Miller is the exception. I’ve had similar sentiments regarding our president but I can relate to him less than I can Stephen Miller, who is my age. On my better days, the idea of the president just saddens me because I know he’s profoundly confused and damaged beyond repair, but Stephen Miller is a different brand of smug racist. I could imagine him being on my bus in high school, and that, I think, brings to light a different but related set of complicated emotions."