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Pinegrove Share Climate Crisis-Inspired New Song “Orange”

The Release Follows an Acoustic Live Performance of the Song Shared Last Week

Aug 25, 2021
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Pinegrove have shared the studio version of their new song “Orange,” which centers around governmental inaction with regard to climate change. The song’s release follows an acoustic live performance of the song which the band shared a week prior. Listen below.

Frontman Evan Stephens Hall explains in a press release: “‘Orange,’ a waltz about the climate crisis, was written on the day in 2020 that the photos of Oregon’s eerie, bloodshot sky circulated the internet. The song tries to balance outrage at those preventing progress—politicians elected in good faith to protect us who instead believe themselves celebrities—with the ethereal, almost dissociative feeling of being alive at the end of history. The mirage on offer by today’s political theater does nothing to assuage our concerns as we watch where the money actually goes: the American military, one of the single greatest global sources of fossil fuel emissions. So for all who have on one hand heard the desperate scientific prognosis, and on the other seen the already-weak promises on the campaign trail traded in for endless wars—it’s tough not to lose heart.

“This isn’t a song trying to convince anyone that climate change is real. It’s for people horrified at the government’s inaction to what we can all see with our own eyes. As this summer progresses, breaking all sorts of records across the northern hemisphere, and the conclusion sinks further into our collective gut, it’s essential for people with a microphone to start shouting, and in whatever way we can to affirm community, to step in and help one another cope in the absence of our government, and take seriously the need to organize for a better world.”

Pinegrove’s most recent studio album, Marigold, was released last year via Rough Trade. We interviewed Stephens Hall last year to speak with him about the album. This year, we spoke with him again about the release of his band’s live album and subsequent film Amperland, NY.

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