The Gradients, “Growing Pile”

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Sounding a clear and melodious pop-grunge call, Brooklyn band The Gradients have released a new track, “Growing Pile,” off their forthcoming debut LP. The band features Sammy Weissberg, Charlie DY, Luca Balser, and J. Boxer playing drums (when he normally plays a stringed-instrument, doing so with Butter the Children, Bluffing and the sadly-defunct Fiasco), all seeming to have alternated roles between various releases. “Growing Pile” builds around a confident guitar line, drumming up harmonized vocal crescendos which spin out into each verse, mellowing at the ends. Screams that don't quite let loose devolve into the repeated line, “all you gotta do is sit for a while,” blunted by exhausted instruments poetically losing their breath.