Music Festivals.ie and AMA Music Agency welcomes Irish rock band The Pale. The Pale have been performing on the Irish music circuit for the passed 20 years. They made their major label debut with “Here’s One We Made Earlier”. Unfortunately the band’s tenure on the major label was short lived, so The Pale continued independently and produced records such as Cheapside (1996), Cripplegate (1997), Spudgun (1998). The band even changed their name to Produkt, which they released more albums under this title.
At this stage – cult-like following achieved – Matthew admits to barely eking out a living. Gigging, he remarks, provided the financial wherewithal for him. Shane, meanwhile, played music and taught web design. “I was involved in various different projects, some of which crashed and burned!,” he says. “When The Pale isn’t operative, I play music; yet whenever I go away from music I always veer back towards it after a month or two.”
Since then The Pale have been developing, maturing and changing their sound.
The past five years has seen two albums – The Contents Of A Shipwreck (2007) and Proper Order (2009) – continue The Pale’s pilgrimage for perfection. New album, I Woke Up And I Was Gone, sees the band reach out and grasp it. The album features 12 songs that nudge the parameters of lo-fi pop/folk, charming tracks such as Company Of Wolves, It Should Be Illegal, The Boy With The Antlers, Hanging Around Airports and An Autograph For My Dad highlight the casual simplicity of perfect pop.
The Pale, App, I Woke Up And I Was Gone,
The Pale have launched an App to coincide with the release of their new album I Woke Up And I Was Gone. The app takes the form of a tour of Dublin, which sees the band taking in some of the more interesting, innovative and inspirational sights the city has to offer.
Along the way they perform acoustic versions songs from the album at each location, chat to the patrons of the various businesses and initiatives they visit and give their own unique insight into a lesser spotted side of Dublin.