May 12th, 2011

Loopster Live: Pale CD Release at Warehouse Live

Warehouse Live Studio provided an intimate setting for Pale’s CD release party for In the Time of Dangerous Men last Thursday and long-standing fans, friends, and family were on hand to provide moral support. 103.7’s Donna McKenzie delivered an adjective-laden lovefest-intro that seemed to embarrass singer Calvin Stanley, or perhaps experience has taught him not to let the promise of words get in the way when performance can set the record straight.

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Pale in its current incarnation is a second reconstitution having decamped to Los Angeles in the classic approach to entering rock’s big leagues. But, as anyone that attempts to understand the business of music can attest, hard work, determination, commitment, and talent are not necessarily enough. Upon returning to Houston, the band decided to refocus and In the Time of Dangerous Men was birthed.

Pale mixes some sonic elements from the 80’s with modern arrangement and writing. The sound is familiar but not cookie-cutter. I heard tones that sounded New Wave 2.0 and kept hoping for a song to jump out and be Pale’s standard bearer. There were many promising hooks, and I witnessed a polished performance, but in the end, I was looking for more to convince me to rush to the merch table.

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I have to admit I was more skeptical than usual because Pale was pitched to me as being influenced primarily by Muse and Radiohead. Claims to be a combination of this decade’s panty-dropper/stadium-rocker and an indie brainiac’s inner-muse awoke the cynic in me. But judging by the female attendees attire, lustful screams and cougar-with-a-hall-pass aggressiveness, Pale may have a solid line on a G-string collection that will exceed their guitar tech’s dreams.

Plans for a European tour to take advantage of the festival season haven’t been finalized, but it is easy to believe that Pale will find a receptive audience.

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