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Krill, 'Steve Hears Pile in Malden and Bursts Into Tears' 10-inch
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Krill, 'Steve Hears Pile in Malden and Bursts Into Tears' 10-inch

A five-song suite from locally beloved Boston threepiece Krill, Steve Hears Pile in Malden and Bursts Into Tears is ostensibly a concept record about a maybe-fictional twentysomething who asks the very-real Boston band Pile to jam with him before getting politely rebuffed. "If I could have made something good, I would have by now," sings frontman Jonah Furman, embodying the spirit of a laidback dude pretending he wasn't just totally crushed. The rest of the tracks are less conceptual, but all contain Furman's slightly unhinged lyrical self-deprecation — including a lengthy metaphor about viewing oneself as literal shit on "Turd" — and the band's darkly pretty grunge rock. By Cady Drell

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