Isolation Drills: Pine Barons

Like the majority of you, all of us in the Philadelphia area are staying at home, learning to adapt to our “new normal.” MAGNET is checking in with local musicians to see how and what they’re doing during this unprecedented time. Photos by Chris Sikich.

As a bonus today, we’re proud to premiere Pine Barons’ Mirage On The Meadow (Grind Select), out on Friday. Check it out below.

Brad Pulley (guitar): Thankfully, we have a cool deck.

You could almost call the deck the sixth member of Pine Barons 2020. Deck (Is it a deck, though? Decklan? Deck-Anne?) allowed us to hang out responsibly after a long spell of separation. (Bassist) James (Tierney) and I could come to (keyboardist) Alex (Beebe), (drummer) Alex (Held) and (singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist) Keith (Abrams)’s place, sit outside and kick it, try to relax, share some laughter, but inevitably always return to the stark realizations of the times.

It did and still does feel trite to complain about band-related problems right now. There’s a lot for us to be thankful for. Among them, a new album, which currently feels awkward to promote, but is our best yet. And thankful for art and movies and decks and all the things that passed the time.

Here are some of those things:
• Fishmans’ Long Season and Kuuchuu Camp
• Buying a synthesizer and making glitzy dreamy doodles
• Accomplishing 100-percent Banjo-Kazooie completion
• Ryuichi Sakamoto’s Thousand Knives
• Finding West Virginia Stonehenge
• Watching swans dig in the mud
• Mid-Air Thief’s Crumbling
• Dorohedoro
• Chiller Tite
• Weyes Blood’s Titanic Rising
• Painting new studio
• Recording in new studio
• 070 Shake’s Modus Vivendi
• Haruki Murakami novels
• Rivers And Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time
• 2001: A Space Odyssey on the side of the red barn
• Building a computer
• Donkey Kong 64
• Palmer and Shivers and Kiko
• The mist over Puff Puff Pass
• Final Fantasy
• Youbet’s Compare & Despair
• Skateboards
• Streets Of Rage 

Looking forward to you all having Pine Barons’ Mirage On The Meadow, out 10/9!

Grind Select · Pine Barons – Mirage on the Meadow LP

And if that wasn’t enough, check out the Pine Barons feature we did three years ago—and its prescient headline: