Krill keeps it local. The Boston band’s new record Steve Hears Pile In Malden and Bursts Into Tears “…is a failed concept album about two kids living on the outskirts of Boston who realize they are characters in a Pile song” (Pile being the revered Beantown rockers who have a new single out soon. But on “Fresh Pond,” the trapping of borders, scenes, and an album’s self-contained mythology is tied to the universality of alienation with the first pathetically whinnied plea: “Do you want to go see a movie?”
Jonah Furman’s voice is a journey of frustration, navigating its pitches and bows like a nerd explaining quantum physics to the jock standing on his neck. From pop punk rager to a dusty, supremely affecting desert of meandering guitars, the song’s emotion is played to innovative ends. The need to feel like a human being with yourself and others can be opposed, and “Fresh Pond” is the sound of being lashed between these two colts and waiting for the inevitable.