Behind the Music – The Pale

The Pale play a rescheduled gig at Dublin’s Grand Social on November 11 as the final date of their debut album’s 30th anniversary tour. We asked leader Matthew Devereux the BIG questions. . .

The scrapbook, Here’s one we did earlierwas released on A&M Records in 1992 and contains three of their best-known songs, Dogs without a tail, Shut up Venus, and Butterfly.

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The band recently released their first-ever compilation album, Paleanthology, a 13-song collection of career highlights, with new recordings of some of their most beloved songs re-recorded especially for the release.

Speaking of the tour, Matthew says: “Playing Here’s one we did earlier in 2022 is something we would have struggled to imagine in 1992.

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“It’s humbling to think that people still want to hear these songs. Believe us when we say it’s a privilege to play these 30 year old songs for an audience.

“Some songs on the album have evolved and been reinvented over the years and some songs haven’t changed at all, but all of them feel invigorated from this tour. We can’t wait.”

Tell us three things about yourself. . .

I have been a singer for thirty years. I have a longtime fixation for writing words for songs. I have a habit of oversharing and tending to be overly excitable, but that can be corrected when my hand writes. Thanks Jaysus.

How would you describe your music?

An undulating organism of musical styles, producing increasingly unexpected colors.

What are your musical inspirations?

We’ve always looked to the edges for guidance. Captain Beefheart, Nina Simone, The Fall, Violent Femmes, Horslips, Stump, The Pogues, Scott Walker, to name a few.

What was the first concert you went to?

Frankie goes to Hollywood at RDS. The whole show was mimed, and no one seemed to care.

What is the first record you bought?

Liverpool Long Haired Lover by Jimmy Osmond. Had a brilliantly creepy B-side called My motherwhich, in retrospect, actually sounds like a melody The Pale would write.

What’s your favorite song right now?

There better be a disco ball by Arctic Monkeys.

Favorite lyric of all time?

“She said I know you and you can’t sing. I said ‘It’s nothing, you should hear me play the piano’ – The queen is dead by Les Smiths.

If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Ashes to ashes – David Bowie.

Where can people find your music/more information?

For Pale music, you can go to band camp and all the usual streaming platforms. And for all the latest Pale news, head over to Facebook and Instagram.