STREAM: Pillage & Plunder – “Nutcracker”

Pillage and Plunder - Goodnight Jack

Local trio Pillage & Plunder have had a turbulent month. Like dozens of other Atlanta artists, the band made the pilgrimage to SXSW in search of good times and even better exposure. Tragically, shortly after arriving in Austin, the band’s trailer was broken into and the thieves made off with over $16,000 worth of the group’s gear. It was a crushing blow to a young band looking to jump start their music career, but rather than wallowing in their misfortune, they made the best of it and finished out the tour using borrowed equipment from other bands eager to lend a helping hand.

Upon returning to Atlanta, the trio wasted no time getting back to business. Just last week, they released Goodnight Jack, a four-song acoustic EP originally intended as a reward for select supporters of their successful 2012 Kickstarter campaign. The EP features two reworked acoustic versions of songs pulled from their 2011 EP, Look Inside for the Prize, as well as a pair of new tracks including the delicate, meandering “Nutcracker,” which finds the band expanding their dynamic range and exploring new sonic territory. There’s a bit of Shudder to Think’s dramatic art-rock eccentricity hiding in the shadows (always a good thing), and while it may not always feel cohesive, it”s great to hear the band pushing their boundaries. Give it a listen below.

The Goodnight Jack EP is available for download for just $4 via Bandcamp. In addition, the band is currently accepting donations on their website in an attempt to recoup some of their SXSW losses. Any assistance you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

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