Raleigh-based DIY punk trio Pie Face Girls have released
their sophomore album, Chewin’ the Root. The album, recorded at Mitch Easter’s Fidelitorium studio and produced
by Missy Thangs, is both a continuation and evolution of their catchy distorted
garage punk layered over raw lyrics that touch on themes of sex, aggression,
and self-empowerment. The band
celebrated the release with a hometown Saturday night party and performance at The
Pour House Music Hall.
The party kicked off with the hook-laden lo-fi garage pop
of Stevie. The local trio who have been
busy in the studio working on their anticipated debut album, provided a fun breezy
start to the evening. They were followed
by the heavy room shaking DIY hardcore of Vacant Company. The shift in soundscape was jarring, but
served as the perfect adrenaline-fueled kick up the backside to amp up the
crowd for Pie Face Girls.
The lights dropped, and Pie Face Girls took the stage draped
in black veils and forming a solemn candle-lit procession. The candles were blown out, the lights came
up, and the party kicked off in earnest.
Pie Face Girls thrilled the room full of fans, friends, and family members
as they churned through a crowd pleasing set of songs that mixed the new
material with live staples.