The Unstruck Bell

release date:

May 26, 2023



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Pressing information

Limited edition opaque silver or canary yellow vinyl.


  1.  I am a road
  2.  Slick Enhancer
  3.  White Ships
  5.  Beavertail Spoils
  6.  Siren
  7.  The By & By

release notes

“9 New Albums You Should Listen To Now: The first new Pines of Rome album in 2 decades.” – Pitchfork
“Pines of Rome quietly took the underground by storm in the '90s and early '00s with their signature brand of downtrodden, folk rock-inflected slow rock. Now back after two decades with what could very well be their best album… They've obviously matured over this lengthy period of time, become fiercer musicians, and even stronger songwriters in the band's absence.” — Brooklyn Vegan

The Unstruck Bell is the newest offering from John Kolodij (guitar), Matthew Derby (guitar/vocals), and Rick Prior (drums) since playing their last show over 20 years ago. Recorded by Seth Manchester at Machines With Magnets, it is the result of a year of unbridled creativity for the band during an era of unprecedented crisis. "If you think about a bell as an alarm, and all of its tolls are stored as potential energy in its atoms...that just feels like the time we're living through right now," Derby says of the album. It is a record of caution and hope, a hymn for the future that contains the band's strongest-ever work.

release credits

John Kolodij - Guitar
Matthew Derby - Guitar, Vox
Rick Prior - Percussion
Pedal Steel on “Siren” - Reggie Duncan

The Unstruck Bell was Recorded and mixed by Seth Manchester at Machines with Magnets and mastered by Dave Gardner at Infrasonic Mastering, Los Angeles.

Cover embroidery by William Schaff

Design and layout by John Yates at

All songs © ℗ 2023 The Pines of Rome
Under Exclusive License to Solid Brass Records
© 2023 Solid Brass Records

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