Their band’s breakthrough album Cardinal was recorded mostly in a Montclair bedroom.
“Having the sounds of my house and neighborhood makes it sound lived-in and of a place,” said Pinegrove singer-songwriter Evan Stephens Hall back in 2016. “So it’s important that we recorded it in Montclair and live in Montclair, because those sounds are in the recording and lend a presence.”
But in 2017, Montclair’s own indie rock band cancelled its upcoming tour, following news that Pinegrove frontman Hall has been accused of sexual coercion.
In “Pinegrove Stages a Complicated Comeback,” Kelefa Sanneh of The New Yorker writes about the band’s yearlong hiatus, new album “Marigold” and signing to a new label, Rough Trade. Sanneh also interviews Hall’s accuser, who remains anonymous but is identified as a member of the band’s crew.
Sanneh says of the band’s new music:
The new Pinegrove sounds darker and more subdued, and the joyful camaraderie of early Pinegrove concerts has been replaced by a warier kind of intimacy.