“Cardinal” Pinegrove

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“Cardinal” Pinegrove

Setting the Mood

Indie rock seems to be my go to music genre when I need to relax from stress from my work filled days. Discovering new bands and the way they help define a genre is what I like the most about reviewing new albums. Either way, it’s time for some deep therapeutic listening. I need to get better headphones for capturing the music notes. I’m still using my Logitech gaming headset for my ‘musically experiences’. I heard about this band online on Reddit.com. I hope to see how they embrace the world of rock music, and ultimately how they tell their story.

The Band

Pinegrove are an American rock band from Montclair, New Jersey. Pinegrove began in January 2010 with the release of their first EP titled Mixtape One. In February 2012, Pinegrove released their debut full-length album titled Meridian. They released their second EP in July 2013 titled & In June of 2014, Pinegrove released their third EP, titled Mixtape Two. In 2014, Pinegrove re-recorded their song Problems for Topshelf Records 2014 digital sampler. In early 2015, Pinegrove released a compilation cassette titled Everything So Far. In October 2015, Pinegrove signed to Run For Cover Records. After signing to the label, they re-issued their compilation cassette, adding two new songs called “New Friends” and “Angelina”. In January 2016, Pinegrove announced their debut album on Run For Cover titled Cardinal, which was released on February 12, 2016.


Pinegrove band photo

Image Credit: MTV

When I listen to the new album “Cardinal” by Pinegrove, I wouldn’t say they are different from other indie rock bands, but I can’t help but love these vocals and ‘down-to-earth’ lyrics. The track ‘old friends’ is so good. To me, it talks about life and struggles between old friends and new ones. The struggle of being lonely when you get older. Even the struggle of running into old ex-girlfriends/boyfriends. The lyrics make up pretty much the whole album for me.

The Good

Like I stated before, this album shows how the band has not only great sense of honest deep lyrics, but the talent to tell relateable stories and capture the hearts of people perhaps going through the same issues right now.  Songs like ‘Old Friends’ show how realistic and balanced this band is. Songs like ‘Size of the Moon’ seem to be talking about the crazy ideas we come up with when we feel comfortable around our friends. Although some of those ideas never make it out of the room. I like that they touch on such small details of friendship. Something I haven’t heard in a band in a long time.  The whole album experience feels like a normal group of friends talking about normal situations, and Im there seeing everything go down.

The Bad

When listening to this album, The best way I can relate the music to another genre was “country-ish” type music. The lyrics sometimes reminded me of Alt-Country music. The way they can talk about normal situations in a more sad way than a uplifting way. I guess you could argue that maybe it’s more bluesy than anything. But the lyric are still more on the country side (without the barbecue stain on a white t-shirt). One thing I noticed on the second play through of this album, was that songs had common indie rock guitar riffs and repetitive sounds found throughout every track. It just felt like there really weren’t any risk taken to make this album really memorable.

Last Words

Overall enjoyable for an indie rock fan. Listen to it right here on Spotify. Also their new album can be purchased on Amazon.

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The Good

  • Great sense of honestly deep lyrics
  • Overall enjoyable for an indie rock fan
  • Songs like 'Old Friends' show how realistic and balanced this band is

The Bad

  • Lryics sometimes reminded me of Alt-Country music
  • Common indie rock riffs and repetitive sounds found throughout every track.
  • No risk taken to make anything really memorable

Written by: Christian Galvez

Christian is the founder of The EXP Grind. He is interested in Indie musicians, Video Games, Anime, and just about anything in Arts and Entertainment. He tries to find art with true meaning in the new and upcoming artists and hopes to reach more creative professionals.

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