by Cole Kinsler (@dustetc)
Cuttlefish Collective is a Boston-based show-booker and video project founded by a few close friends. If you’ve been lucky enough to stumble upon their YouTube channel, then you’re familiar with their ever-growing catalog of thoughtfully produced videos of the shows that they host. It’s a charming collection of stripped-down performances in a cozy living room, with appearances from breathtaking performers such as Lomelda, Bad History Month, and Wendy Eisenberg.
Rick Maguire from Pile stopped by the living room late last year, and the Cuttlefish folks captured a powerful rendition of “Work,” a track from 2009’s Jerk Routine. Rick is joined by Elisabeth Fuchsia on violin, making the performance all the more affecting. Fuchsia also contributed to their latest record A Hairshirt of Purpose. While Pile’s shows are typically heralded as life-affirming experiences, Rick’s solo performances are just as special in their own way. The songs are stripped down to the bare essentials, allowing you to hear them in a new way. Check out the video below.