The Pines


Courtesy of Benya Kreuger

The Pines, comprised of members David Huckfelt, and brothers Benson and Alex Ramsey, are an Iowa band who were signed by Red House Records in 2007.

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The Pines will bring its melancholy sound to Ames at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the London Underground as a part of Maximum Ames Music Festival. The Pines’ sound resonates from the depth of the Iowa landscape accompanied by sampling of wind and visions of vast plains.

David Huckfelt met Bensen Ramsey (son of Bo Ramsey the popular Iowa guitarist) in the artistic town of Tucson, Ariz.

“We were kind of looking for the same thing which was a big change of pace and change of scenery from Iowa,” Huckfelt said. “We started playing together immediately, and we didn’t really decide to form a band. We started building repertoire and then writing together, and then we decided to make a record.”

The Pines sound makes them stand out because it conjures images of early morning in Iowa, which Rift Magazine called “haunting yet comfortable.”

“In the Midwest there are a lot of places you grow up with something that happened there. Like this used to happen there, this used to be a bus in town … and I think there is an element of that in our music where you’re getting the wind that is blowing through the empty town that used to be vibrant,” Huckfelt said. “We want find a sound that doesn’t sound too cramped.”

The last song on their latest album, “Dark So Gold,” is a simple piano instrumental that Huckfelt said was inspired by a long night in the studio,

“It was from the pure and simple fact that we were wrapping up in the studio at one in the morning  and that was exactly the vibe going on at the time,” Huckfelt said. “We like to remind ourselves and people that listen to our music that stuff happens at a time and a place.”

Huckfelt believes the music of Iowa has a special gift in its pure, unaltered sound.

“I think of Iowa as a very pragmatic place. … The music that comes out of there, a lot it is distilled down to it’s purest form, and there’s nothing to grab on to in the sense of the commercial music business,” Huckfelt said. “People that play music in Iowa are doing it because they love it.”