Photo: Adrien Vargas // REVOLT
  /  10.16.2015

BROOKLYN, NY—Boston’s Palehound have already had a busy week at the CMJ Music Marathon and there’s still have two days of performances to go.

After playing NPR Music’s CMJ Showcase yesterday (October 15), in addition to an afternoon gig at Pianos, the indie rockers headed over to Brooklyn for the Distiller Promo at Union Pool in Williamsburg.

Following a set from talented singer/songwriter Laura Gibson, Palehound emerged at 9:00 p.m. and ripped through a chunk of songs from their two EPs, 2013’s Bent Nail and this year’s acclaimed Dry Food.

Fronted by indie songstress Ellen Kempner, Palehound gained exposure on the CMJ circuit in 2013. The trio’s songs undulate between guitar-centric pop rock and bassy hardcore with a surprising tinge of ’90s funk. This tasty musical stew successfully simmers on songs like “Healthier Folk” and “Pet Carrot,” both of which were played last night.

Sporting cat T-shirts, referencing exotic pets, and recommending tacos from the taco truck parked in the courtyard were all part of the band’s appropriate indie schtick, which felt even more timely given the venue’s lovingly peculiar setting.

“The stage kind of looks like that album cover for that *NSYNC record and it’s kind of like living a dream,” Kempner noted, pointing out the series of glowing lightbulbs framing the band in the back room at the popular Williamsburg bar. The offhanded observation reminded everyone in the audience that Kempner was indeed well-versed in her ’90s pop culture knowledge.

Though their set wrapped up in just under 30 minutes, Palehound made quite an impression on the small Brooklyn crowd. The band plays Palisades in Brooklyn later today and Pianos again on Saturday evening, where they are bound to continue to impress willing audiences.


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