Pinegrove have revealed details of a new feature length film, Amperland, NY, and accompanying soundtrack album to be released on Rough Trade on January 15th. The film, scripted from a short story by Pinegrove’s Evan Stephens Hall and directed by Kenna Hynes, was filmed at the band’s long time home in upstate New York, known as “Amperland” to Pinegrove and their fans, prior to the house being sold by the owner earlier this year. The band will screen a ticketed online premiere for fans as a fundraiser for environmental action group The Sunrise Movement on January 14th at 10am AEST for a donation of $5.00 and over. The screening will be followed by a band Q&A moderated by Busy Philipps. Tickets for the screening are available now at Pinegroveband.com along with pre-order for the soundtrack album.
The film, produced in conjunction with Chromeoscope, and described by Evan as “fun, hopefully poignant, definitely weird ”, includes 22 songs – a full set list length of performances – spanning the band’s entire career to date. Those new renditions of old gems, recorded as live in the Amperland house by Pinegrove’s Sam Skinner, will be released as a soundtrack album – also titled Amperland, NY – at the same time as the film. Evan explains the film as “threaded by a surreal, giddy narrative – reimaginings of our catalogue and first-time-imaginings of Pinegrovian tall tales.” The band viewed the project as a way of honoring the house that had acted as home, recording studio and important creative haven for their last two albums: Skylight (2017) and Marigold (2020).