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The Pale

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The Pale

The Pale Biography

The Pale are an Irish band of varying genres including rock, and indie. The band are noted for strong lyrical content, eclectic musical stylings, strong melodic and songwriting focus. A prolific band, they have recorded twelve albums and have toured extensively in Ireland and abroad. Formation and early years The Pale formed in Dublin in 1990 with the original line-up settling as Matthew Devereux on vocals, Shane Wearen on mandolin, Sean Molloy on bass. The band cut their teeth busking on Dublin's Grafton street, alongside fellow Irish musicians, Kila, Paddy Casey, Mic Christopher and Glen Hansard. They began their live career with a residency in the International Bar in Dublin. One fea...

The Pale are an Irish band of varying genres including rock, and indie. The band are noted for strong lyrical content, eclectic musical stylings, strong melodic and songwriting focus. A prolific band, they have recorded twelve albums and have toured extensively in Ireland and abroad.

Formation and early years

The Pale formed in Dublin in 1990 with the original line-up settling as Matthew Devereux on vocals, Shane Wearen on mandolin, Sean Molloy on bass. The band cut their teeth busking on Dublin's Grafton street, alongside fellow Irish musicians, Kila, Paddy Casey, Mic Christopher and Glen Hansard.

They began their live career with a residency in the International Bar in Dublin. One feature that distinguished the early Pale from other bands was their decision to use a drum machine instead of a drummer.

With some financial backing from U2 Manager, Paul McGuinness, the band recorded two mini albums called Why Go Bald (1990) and The Happy Ring House (1991). Both titles for were taken from neon signs in Dublin, one on Dame Lane and the other on O'Connell Street in Dublin.

The mini-albums, coupled with the band's growing live reputation led to international interest and their eventual signing to A&M records in early 1992. They released their debut album on A&M Records in 1992 called Here's One We Made Earlier. The album was critically praised in the music press with Vox Magazine in the UK memorably describe its sound as "conventional balladry to make MOR stalwarts weep enviously, alongside mandolin frenzy that could only otherwise exist if Les Voix Bulgares became involved in an industrial drinking accident

The singles from that debut were "Dogs With No Tails", "Butterfly", and "Shut Up Venus". The former peaked at No. 51 in the UK Singles Chart in June 1992.

The band received Hot Press awards in 1992 for Best Single (Butterfly) and Best Album Production (Here's One We Made Earlier).

During this time the band's reputation as a formidable live act grew, with their live shows being described as "part theatre/part gig, Matthew (Devereux) paces the boards like a demented dervish, growling confessions to three part harmonies" The band played the legendary Irish music festival Feile in Thurles and toured extensively in Ireland, the UK, Europe, US and as far afield as Japan.

In 1993 Matthew Devereux memorably made a cameo in the TV adaptation of Roddy Doyle's The Snapper

Independent Releases

In 1993 the band broke from A&M records and released The Pale EP on Underscore Records, which peaked at number 7 in the Irish charts. The following year the band's second album Ripe was released to critical acclaim. with The Irish Times saying of the band; 'they may sound like a bunch of mad Hare Krishnas drunk on Buckfast, but they sent the crowd wild with up-tempo mandolin epics...Leave rock n'roll to the remaining one percent with imagination and it will never die"

Following a break with management the band set up Gudenfast records which was to be the vehicle for their next three releases, Cheapside (1996), Cripplegate (1997) and Spudgun (1997). The albums were all self-produced and were only made available through the band's fan-club and at gigs.

. During this time the band's line-up expanded to include more traditional rock elements such as guitar and drums and the reliance on pre-recorded sounds lessened. As well as the mainstays Matthew Devereux, Shane Wearen and Emma Shanley, the band was augmented by Peter Balfe on drums, Brian Brody on guitar, Rob Malone on bass [better source needed]

The band toured extensively during this period with tours around Europe, UK and Ireland. The tours were financed by selling the records independently.

From 1997 to 1999 the band toured under the moniker Produkt and were the some time house band for an independent circus.

Psychonavigation and Lonely Space Age

Following a three-year hiatus, the band released the album Lonely Space Age on Dublin electronic music label Psychonavigation Records. The band's line-up at that stage consisted of Matthew Devereux, Darren Flynn and Emma Shanley. The album is noteworthy for its electronic stylings, with Hot Press magazine praising its "compelling take on the ambient aesthetic". It is also notable for featuring only one song with founding member Shane Wearen, 'Gain From Pain'.

During this time Matthew Devereux released a solo electronic album 'Tap, Tap, Tap' and EP 'Russian Space Age Auction' also on Psychonavigation.

The band toured the album extensively. with David O'Shea, Andy O'Brien, Bernard Byrne and Stephen O'Keefe joining the band as part of the tour Due to the connection with Psychonavigation Records, the band played on the Dance Stage in Witnness.

Members

  • Matthew Devereux – Vocals, guitar
  • Shane Wearen – Mandolin, fiddle, bouzouki
  • Gavin O'Brien – Bass guitar
  • David O'Shea – Guitar
  • Aidan O'Grady – Drums


Source : Wikipedia
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  • 2007AlbumThe Contents Of A Shipwreck
  • 2009AlbumProper Order
  • 2012AlbumI Woke Up and I Was Gone
  • 2013Album21 Song Salute
  • 2013SingleA Measure of Life / Monster
  • 2014SingleWhat Would the Smiths Do?
  • 2016SingleSuch Dumb Luck
  • 2018AlbumHere's One We Made Earlier
  • 2019AlbumMerciful Hour
  • 2019SingleUrsa Major
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