-- Impose Magazine
--Louise Parker - Paste Magezine
-- Emily Hinde, No Depression
The Pinkerton Raid’s very name is paradox, and the music steeps in it. Jesse James DeConto inherited an outlaw’s name, and he named his band after an attack on the James Ranch by the Pinkerton National Detective Agency. The infamous train robber was a hero to the poor. The Pinkertons were mercenaries hired to protect the wealthy and powerful. Who are the good guys? Who are the bad guys? Heaven and hell collide.
And, yet, over the course of three full-length albums, the desperate wail of DeConto’s indie-rock songwriting has yielded space to the hooks of classic pop and the charms of twee folk. Critics have compared the latest, Tolerance Ends, Love Begins, to both the dark beauty of The National and the pure joy of Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes. “The tension is what makes it great,” says WUNC’s Frank Stasio.
Paste Magazine calls the band’s latest effort “a masterpiece.” For Aquarian Weekly, it is “a stunning synthesis of folkloric beauty.” For Popdose, it’s full of “earthiness and musicianship.” “Glorious,” says No Depression.
A big, joyful band of six to eight players can bring brilliant brass and bright harmonies. Or Jesse can whisper over plaintive picking on his ancient Gibson J45. It’s why The Pinkerton Raid has shared stages with high-energy pop acts like The Collection, The Soil & The Sun and The Old Ceremony or with gentle folk singers like Noah Gunderson, Denison Witmer and Lowland Hum. They’ve played festivals and music series all over the East Coast and Midwest, and they’re hard at work on their fourth full-length album, a collection of place-based songs about the sky, the sea and everything in between.