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The Pauses

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Listen to Beyond Bianca

The Pauses' (who prefer that their possessive noun-ing be spelled Pauseses) overall sound is one anchored 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 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 their debut album, "A Cautionary Tale" (produced by J. Robbins of Jawbox and Burning Airlines) shows that you can explore without losing your core.

"These Orlando locals took over the Mills Avenue gallery, Substance, with their own art show Thursday night – letting the audience create their own visual accompaniment for the band. They had rigged up a projector to a retro keyboard so that every key played a different video loop, and the playback could be reversed and sped up via a dial. The Pauses’ fun indie grooves were the inspiration and the dancing crowd became the artists. Things got even wilder when the Everything Is Terrible crew came by, still dressed in gigantic dog costumes from their performance/screening of Doggie Woggiez Poochie Woochiez - “We came to see The Pauses, get it? The PAWses!” The band kept energies high even while belting out heartfelt ballads and closed the first official night of the fest with a bang."
--Consequence of Sound

"They’ve totally outdone themselves with this unboxing video of their track "Go North" which hits Rock Band via RBN today. It’s one of the cleverest bits of promotion I’ve seen from RBN."

"I adore every single goddamn thing about A Cautionary Tale"
--Three Imaginary Girls

"Besides being blessed with an extended gestation period, A Cautionary Tale also benefits from the presence of producer J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines) and mastering engineer by T.J. Lipple (Aloha). The result is an extremely accomplished debut record that highlights The Pauses multi-faceted sound. Lesson here: Take your time, get good folks to help out and make the best record you can make."
--My Old Kentucky Blog

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