Posted Jul 13th, 2015 (8:52 am) by Stacie Sullivan
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Palehound, a young band from Allston, MA known for their sharp hooks and poetic lyrics are riding the fast track in their music career. Forming as a quartet in 2013, the band has already put out a 7” and been on the national tour circuit. Now, they are gearing up to put out their debut LP Dry Food on August 14.

Palehound started out as front-woman Ellen Kemper’s solo project. As a solo act she put out an EP titled Bent Nail in 2013. After her first release she expanded her lineup by adding Thom Lombardi (bass/backing vox), Ben Scherer (Guitar/backing vox), and Max Kupperberg (drums). The quartet worked on expanding the sound that was heard on Bent Nail by adding heavier tones and creating a more dynamic sound.

The band wasted no time with getting to know each other, and as a matter of fact - they hit it off right away. They began playing live shows up and down the East Coast as well as during the CMJ Music Marathon. These performances established Palehound as one of the best up-and-coming acts in the Brooklyn DIY community.

Since forming as a quartet, Palehound’s sound has had an organic progression since Bent Nail. Their music has a deep understanding of pop with a grizzly indie-rock sound. With Kempners gorgeous musicianship the guitars glide over the rhythm section and the poetic lyrics seamlessly tie in.

In anticipation for Palehound’s debut LP Dry Food, they have released two new singles “Molly” and “Healthier Folk.” Right from the first note, “Healthier Folk” has an undeniably similar sound to Speedy Ortiz, which isn’t all that surprising. Kempner is actually close friends of Speedy Ortiz and the two have toured together in the past. Dry Food was also recorded alongside Gabe Wax who is known for his work with Wye Oak and Speedy Ortiz.

Overall, from what can be heard on the new album, Palehound have a fuzzy-rock sound with the theme of “instability and uncertainty.” We get a sample of the emotional roller coaster that the album will take us on “Healther Folk” with Kempner’s tortured words, “Oh, why do they tease me?/ Oh, they just dangle me over promised piles.”

You can hear “Molly” above and view the “Healthier Folk” video below. Dry Food will be released on August 14th and you can catch Palehound on tour this summer.

Palehound Summer Tour dates

07/13 - Allston, MA @ Grandma's House
07/24 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Wick
07/25 - Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn
08/01 - Boston, MA @ TBA
8/8- Charleston, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
8/9- Atlanta, GA @ Parts Unknown
08/10 - Orlando, FL @ The Beacham
08/11 - Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Music Hall
08/12 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
08/13 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
08/14 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
08/16 - Boston, MA @ Royale
08/17 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

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