Indie-rock group Pinegrove have released their first bit of music since their Amperland, NY film and soundtrack, the climate crisis-inspired “Orange.” Earlier this week, the band shared a video for the acoustic version of the song, with Wednesday’s release serving as a fleshed-out, full-band rendition of the track.
A slow, thoughtful song built from strummed guitars and vocalist Evan Stephens Hall’s bleak lyrics (“The sky is orange / and you and I know why”), the track paints a grim portrait of our current global predicament. Hall provided the following comment on the track:
“Orange,” a waltz about the climate crisis, was written on the day in 2020 that the photos of Oregon’s eerie, bloodshot sky circulated the internet. The song tries to balance outrage at those preventing progress—politicians elected in good faith to protect us who instead believe themselves celebrities—with the ethereal, almost dissociative feeling of being alive at the end of history. The mirage on offer by today’s political theater does nothing to assuage our concerns as we watch where the money actually goes: the American military, one of the single greatest global sources of fossil fuel emissions. So for all who have on one hand heard the desperate scientific prognosis, and on the other seen the already-weak promises on the campaign trail traded in for endless wars—it’s tough not to lose heart.
The band has also announced a run of fall U.S. tour dates that kicks off tomorrow (Aug. 26) at Brooklyn Steel and wraps up Oct. 20 in their hometown of Montclair, New Jersey. Check out the full list of dates below, as well as the lyric video for “Orange” and the band’s 2017 Paste Studio performance of “Paterson and Leo.”
Pinegrove Tour Dates:
26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel (Twitch Live Stream)
27 – Denver, CO @ The Underground Music Showcase
29 – Lexington, KY @ Railbird Festival
31 – Rock Island, IL @ Wake Brewing Company
01 – Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-Fi Annex
04 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
07 – Isle of Palms, SC @ The Windjammer
08 – Charlotte, NC @ Camp North End
10 – Accord, NY @ Arrowood Farms
10 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
11 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
13 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
14 – Columbus, OH @ Athenaeum Theatre
15 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
16 – Millvale, PA @ Mr Smalls Theatre
18 – Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom
19 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!
20 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theater