A Great Big Pile of Leaves
Brooklyn-based trio, A Great Big Pile of Leaves got their start in 2007 when guitarist/singer Peter Weiland and drummer Tyler Soucy took time from their prior projects to start writing material of their own. The first six songs came together as the self-released EP The Fiery Works, which the duo put out as a free download on their Web site. As word spread online, the band’s fanbase grew along with Weiland and Soucy’s excitement to get back to recording.
Continuing with the formula of self-producing, The Fiery Works II followed shortly afterward and was also released as a free download. Within the next year, the digital releases were downloaded over 12,000 times and the group prepared for a live setting with the addition of Tucker Yaro on bass. After playing several shows and writing a batch of new songs over the next few months, the newfound trio prepared themselves to record a full-length record Have You Seen My Prefrontal Cortex?
With each member also taking on engineering, production, mixing and mastering duties, the record became a full collaboration of each member’s respective influences and knowledge. “We don’t like to set up any boundaries when writing; we don’t consciously come into it with any walls up” says Soucy. “The three of us have a rather eclectic background of musical influences and we like to explore that and have a good time. The only thing we knew coming into this record, is that we were in control and that we wanted to make the best record we could; something we would enjoy from beginning to end with no sense of filler.”
Following the release of Have You Seen My Prefrontal Cortex? earlier this summer, the group have seen a rapidly growing fan base as well as praise on infuential sites such as absolutepunk.net where the record was reviewed with a 93% approval rating. The rest of the year will see a vinyl release of the album for hardcore fans as well as a large-scale fall tour that will showcase everything that this band has worked so hard for. “The positive reactions to our music have been pretty overwhelming so far, especially in a day and age when the Internet seems to be filled with a lot of negativity on message boards,” explains Soucy, “we haven’t really gotten much of that yet.”
“One of the most enthralling, captivating releases of 2010, HYSMPC? is one of those albums that you can listen to dozens of times without ever settling on a favorite song, because they’re all your favorite. It’s one of those albums where you want to show it to the whole world, but you’ll only show it to a select few friends because it’s that good. You won’t just recommend this to any old acquaintance. This album is basically equivalent to how I want my marriage to be. After my honeymoon phase with Have You Seen My Prefrontal Cortex?, I continue to love it dearly and take it to bed with me every night.”
“They are good friends of mine, but I can say without bias that the integrity, emotion, and musicianship they posses is out of this world.”
-Jesse Mack of Motion City Soundtrack
“[A] band that you probably havenÕt heard of, but definitely should.”
Recent Tumblr MentionsPre-orders are now up for A Great Big Pile of Leaves' "You're Always On My Mind" Mon, May 20, 2013
Pre-orders are now up for A Great Big Pile of Leaves? follow-up album You?re Always On My Mind!
Listen to a new song from the album ?Pet Mouse? (featuring Motion City Soundtrack?s Justin Pierre) over on Purevolume.
From A Great Big Pile of Leaves? debut full length album You?re Always On My Mind out everywhere July 2, 2013 on vinyl, CD & digitally.
No matter what it?s about and where it came from, we like it: From the opening oohs and snaps onward, ?Snack Attack? bounces along like the dreamiest, ?90s-tinged late-night crawl ever.
Winter Sale by Topshelf Records
We need to make more room for spring items! Take 20% off all winter merch with the code FALCOHERE thru next Friday (05/10/2013).
Super formal business meeting to go over plans for A Great Big Pile of Leaves? new record.
Just added some headline dates in June and July! See you soon!
6/19 ? New Haven, CT @ BAR (free)
6/22 ? Louisville, KY @ The Vernon Club
7/03 ? Philadelphia, PA @ MilkBoy
7/13 ? New York, NY @ Studio at Webster Hall
7/19 ? Cambridge, MA @ TT the Bear?s
7/20 ? Hamden, CT @ The Space
It?s rare that we do compilations here at PropertyOfZack, but they tend to be special ones when we do. Today it?s a true pleasure to be taking the wraps off of a special charity-fueled compilation that we?ve been working on for a month or two now called The Big Comp by Big Footprints, Lame-O Records, and POZ.
Big Footprints is the marriage of musical and artistic communities around the world for the betterment of our environment. Donations will be going to The Nature Conservancy - a non-profit organization that works towards reforestation. We will also be participating in TNC?s Adopt An Acre program, where we will be adopting acres of land in The Appalachian Mountains, The Northern Rockies, The Southern Coastal Plains, as well as adopting acres of Coral Reef.
And when we say big, we mean it. For a minimum of $5 you can download 75 fantastic tracks by 75 different bands with all donations (minus Bandcamp fees) going directly to charity.
PropertyOfZack, Big Footprints, and Lame-O Records would like to thank No Sleep Records, Run For Cover Records, Topshelf records, Paper + Plastick Records Records, Pure Noise Records, Asian Man Records, Tiny Engines Records, and of course all the bands and artists involved in this great comp.
What are you waiting for? Check out the artwork and track listing and download the 75 band comp for a minimum of $5 (or more) below by clicking ?Read More.?
You?re Always On My Mind - Record Release Show
July 13th @ The Studio at Webster Hall - 7PM
w/ Young Statues, Happy Body Slow Brain
- Jun 1 Maxwells (Hoboken, NJ)*
- Jun 2 Black Cat Backstage (Washington, DC)*
- Jun 4 The Jewish Mother Backstage (Norfolk, VA)*
- Jun 5 Local 506 (Chapel Hill, NC)*
- Jun 6 Roc Bar (Jacksonville, FL)*
- Jun 7 Wills Pub (Orlando, FL)*
- Jun 8 Drunken Unicorn (Atlanta, GA)*
- Jun 10 Fitzgerald?s (Houston, TX)*
- Jun 11 Mohawk (Austin, TX)*
- Jun 13 The Rhythm Room (Phoenix, AZ)*
- Jun 14 House of Blues (San Diego, CA)*
- Jun 15 Constellation Room (Santa Ana, CA)*
- Jun 16 Brick & Mortar Music Hall (San Francisco, CA)*
- Jun 18 Backspace (Portland, OR)*
- Jun 19 The Vera Project (Seattle, WA)*
- Jun 21 The Shred Shed (Salt Lake City, UT)*
- Jun 22 Marquis Theater (Denver, CO)*
- Jun 23 Jackpot (Lawrence, KS)**
- Jun 24 The Firebird (St. Louis, MO)**
- Jun 26 Triple Rock (Minneapolis, MN)**
- Jun 27 Subterranean (Chicago, IL)**
- Jun 28 Pike Room @ The Crofoot (Pontiac, MI)**
- Jun 29 Musica (Akron, OH)**
- Jun 30 Smiling Moose (Pittsburgh, PA)**
- Jul 1 The Waiting Room (Buffalo, NY)**
- Jul 2 Lost Horizon (Syracuse, NY)**
- Jul 10 The Space (Hamden, CT)
- Jul 11 World Café Live (Philadelphia, PA)
- Jul 12 Webster Hall (New York, NY)
- Jul 13 The Sinclair (Cambridge, MA)
* = w/ Weatherbox
** = w/ A Great Big Pile of Leaves
A Great Big Pile of Leaves will also be announcing a handful of headline dates routing out to this tour and back, so stay tuned!
Just realized I never posted photos of these. So, ah, here they are and here they are.
New record out July 2nd on @topshelfrecords! Stay tuned for more info in the coming weeks!
Brooklyn indie quartet A Great Big Pile of Leaves are thrilled to announce a brand new full-length studio album, You?re Always On My Mind, set for release on July 2nd through a continued partnership with Topshelf Records. The album serves as the follow up to their debut LP Have You Seen My Prefrontal Cortex? which was self-recorded and released in the summer of 2010. You?re Always on My Mind marks the band?s first full-length studio album with the backing of a label, and also their first time working with an outside producer.
The band ventured from the East Coast to record the forthcoming full-length in Minneapolis last summer. They tapped Ed Ackerson (Limbeck, Soul Asylum, Polara, The Replacements) to produce the record and looked to Roger Seibel (Deathcab for Cutie, Andrew Bird, Bon Iver) for mastering.
Keep your eyes peeled later this week for summer touring plans around the release of You?re Always On My Mind. Details for the pre-order of the record are also forthcoming.