Pinegrove, who recently released their triumphant album Cardinal which, featured in our 'Albums of the Year So Far...' series, played Brighton's infamous Green Door Store.
The band from Montclair, New Jersey ended their UK tour in Brighton to a sold out crowd on an incredibly muggy Thursday night that had the entire room singing a long to songs like Old Friends. As well as unfortunate lows such as a sexist jerk who jokingly requested bassist, Nandi Plunkett to "take off her top". Something which, the band and us at Smashed Vinyl do not take lightly and the bands frontman Evan Hall called the guy out and forced him to leave the show to a big round of applause. Despite that idiots attempts to put a damper on the evening, the show was something special and felt like the perfect way to end the UK stint of the tour.
The atmosphere of the gig was as warming as the nature of the bands music, even though it was a room full of strangers it felt like a group of close friends. The bands music is very relatable and down to earth which, translates into their live show allowing the entire room to fall in a sense of comfort and shared spirit. The band remained tight and full of melancholy energy throughout, despite it being almost unbearably sweaty inside the venue. With a band with as much talent and brilliant tracks as Pinegrove, and venue with as good a selection of beer as Green Door, it was always going to be an evening to remember. Here's to Pinegrove returning the our shores, the sooner the better.