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The Pauses


Orlando FL



Go North

Despite amassing a following, scene status, and praise from regional press right out of the gate, Orlando indie-rock band The Pauses is releasing their debut album A Cautionary Tale after only about, oh, TWO YEARS of existence. The official excuse is something about wanting do to things "properly." So they saved money through a successful Kickstarter campaign (a marvel since their fans' bank accounts have a perfectly inverse relationship with their obvious wealth in taste) spurred by a cute handmade video ( and headed up to Baltimore to record this bad boy with the legendary J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines), even enlisting three-quarters of the dude's own band. His wife too? Sure, why not. Their influences? Too disparate and deceiving to get too into. All you need to know is that none of them are embarrassing. For real. Produced, engineered, and mixed by J. Robbins and mastered by T.J. Lipple (Aloha), A Cautionary Tale is an exercise in complexion and combination, a world where guitars are BFFs with synthesizers, horns, bells, and ukuleles. Tierney Tough's bright, fresh voice - which fits nicely between Metric's Emily Haines and Feist - glides just as easily atop the breathy sparkle and agile math of upcoming Rock Band track "Go North" as it does the indie-pop sway and post-hardcore torque of "Beyond Bianca." From the serious, atmospheric mood of "The Migration" and "Pull the Pin" to the lithe, glitchy charm of "Hands Up," The Pauses got mad range, often in the same song. Rooted in the dynamics and ethos of '90s indie rock, their sound is a balancing act between rock and electronics, airiness and heft, suppleness and angularity. And A Cautionary Tale shows that you can explore without losing your core. "The eight songs [on A Cautionary Tale], as well as the ukulele-powered hidden track that closes the disc, were recorded in a burst over seven days this past summer with noted indie producer J. Robbins in Baltimore. Maybe it was the compressed time frame, but the results exude an impressive immediacy and cohesiveness that it's hard to imagine could have been improved with multiple overdubs." -Jim Abbott (Orlando Sentinel) "[The Pauses'] sound is a bubbly and deceptively complex blend of analog synths, full-bodied harmonies and off-kilter, noise-flecked structures. The Pauses weave driving indie rock, post-punk and twee pop into their songs, and the result is both familiar and unique." - Jason Ferguson (Reax) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - New Granada Records

Music Video


Saturday March 19



The Ghost Room


304 W 4th St

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