May 10 2010
I’m embarrassed I haven’t featured Pale Young Gentlemen on IndieMuse yet. They are one of the best bands making music today, and an absolute must check out if you are an Andrew Bird or Arcade Fire fan (listen to one song and you’ll see the Bird reference).
Their 2008 release Black Forest (Tra La La) is a true gem. There are too many great tracks on the album to list them all here, but some of my favorites are “Coal/Ivory,””I Wasn’t Worried,” and “Kettle Drum (I Left A Note).”
Pale Young Gentlemen is based out of Madison, WI, and band members include Mike Reisenauer, Matt Reisenauer , Brett Randall, Beth Morgan, and Gwendolyn Miller. As a side note, I was reading The Red Alert’s interview with Pale Young Gentlemen’s frontman, Mike Reisenauer, and he was asked if geography has helped or hurt the band:
“I think it mostly helps us. Writers seem to think it’s interesting backstory. For some reason, it’s weird to them that Madison, WI exists and that people play music there.”
As a midwesterner, I really appreciated that answer. The band is currently working on their third album–I’ll keep you posted!
Black Forest (Tra La La):
(mp3) Pale Young Gentlemen – Paper Planes (awesome M.I.A. cover)