Brooklyn indie-rockers A Great Big Pile of Leaves has announced their new full length album, and first in over 8 years titled "Pono" set for release on August 13th, 2021. The band has teamed up with longtime partner Topshelf Records for the physical release, which is available for pre-order.
With the news of Pono comes the new single “Beat Up Shoes,” the band’s first new music in eight years, which can be streamed below and showcases the bands trademark sound, as if they haven't missed a beat, and with a new sense of urgency. The song features technical clean guitar riffs over a hook-laiden bass groove, with varying tempo changes throughout, and a breezy melody, that has a great summer feel to it. It almost has a Pinback feel to it which is never a bad thing, and also brings to mind bands like Minus the Bear, Delta Sleep and Look Mexico. Either way, the new single certainly sets the stage for what should be another outstanding release from these guys and a welcomed return.
Produced by A Great Big Pile of Leaves and recorded primarily at their home studio, Pono was mixed by the band’s touring guitarist Matthew Weber at Gradwell House Recording and mastered by Dave Downham (Beach Slang, Into It. Over It.) at Gradwell House Recording. The new album is the follow-up to the band’s 2013 Ed Ackerson (The Replacements, The Jayhawks) produced sophomore LP You’re Always on My Mind, which debuted on 5 Billboard charts and garnered support from Pitchfork, Stereogum, BrooklynVegan, Noisey, NYLON, WNYC, XPN and more.