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In bloom: Pinegrove touring in support of latest album, ‘Marigold’

New Jersey-based rock band Pinegrove is touring in support of its latest album, “Marigold.” (Courtesy of Daniel Topete)

Evan Stephens Hall is excited about going on tour.

As a member of rock band Pinegrove, it’s a way to share his creations, but also a way to see the country.

For the band’s latest tour, there’s a stop at Meow Wolf on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

“We’ve been looking forward to the Meow Wolf show,” he says. “It’s lauded. We love to go to museums and see art installations in the cities that we perform in. For this show, we’re going to actually be performing inside one. It blows my mind.”

Pinegrove is on tour in support of its latest album, “Marigold,” which was released on Jan. 17.

Pinegrove formed in Montclair, N.J., in 2010. Players have rotated in and out over the years, and Hall and drummer Zack Levine have remained its core members.

Hall and guitarist Sam Skinner produced the album, which was recorded and mixed Amperland, a rural farmhouse in upstate New York.

“Marigold” is the band’s first full-length on Rough Trade, where they have been signed since 2019.

Hall says the album game about pretty quickly.

“It came right on the heels of finishing (2018’s) ‘Skylight,’ ” he says. “I typically have songs that I’m already working on. I ended up completing the batch in six months. We had it done for a while before it was released.”

After signing with Rough Trade, Pinegrove decided to look at the best way to market and release the album.

The label and band developed a marketing plan to release the album in the first quarter of the year and then follow it with a tour.

“We wanted to make sure all hands were on deck before the release,” he says of the marketing plan. “We wanted to be more calculated with how we released it. It took a lot of planning, and we’re very happy with the way it’s been going.”

This year also marks 10 years since Pinegrove formed.

Hall says it feels like they’ve been going “day by day, flying into the sun.”

“Everything that we do is similar to when we started,” he says. “The process is refined. I was doing the same thing as an 18-year-old. We’ve matured both as humans and as players. We set out to make music as long as possible. In some ways, the 10 years has felt like a long time, but also like a blink of an eye.”


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