Pale People's second album was recorded in a basement. The band—a "Broadway punk" group, from a small city where bar bands rule—set up underground, guitar amp across the hall facing stairs, producers staring over a mess of electronics, trombone and toy piano ready by the wall, band sweaty and manic, beginning, with gusto, to make an honest-to-Jesus concept album. An album of strange and eccentric characters, framed and mounted.
An elderly, demented preacher, for instance. A Tetris prodigy. A young pretty seeker of reality-TV glory. A dead mother; a living father; a bully, fate unknown. An acrobat who drives stupid men to madness. An old woman, dying alone. A young woman, dying alone.
The band—three troubled music-students—told these stories in many languages: punk, chamber jazz, loony prog, midnight cabaret. They inflated their music with all the frustrated passion granted the children of "America's Rape Capital" (Missoula, Montana). No music from that place has ever sounded like this. No characters ever anywhere given a voice like this.
From lamplight, from wheelchair, from happy-pills and beer, from the other side of the river, out from the underground and into your soft living head. Pale People present: Portraits.
released March 24, 2017
MACK GILCREST Piano, Vocals
KURT SKRIVSETH Bass, Guitar
BRIAN TREMPER Drums
Additional percussion and insane announcer on "Josephine" by Brian Tremper
Additional violin, accordion, trombone effects on "Josephine" by Mack Gilcrest
Lyrics by Mack Gilcrest I Music by Pale People
Engineered by Jon Filkins at RedBall Recording Studios - Missoula, MT | Produced by Jake Whitecar
Mixed by Jake Whitecar and Jon Filkins at Orangutan Sound - Missoula, MT
Mastered by Jason Suko at South Sound Sound - Seattle
Copyright © 2017 Pale People Music I Cover artwork by Rachel Chansler
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