Prolific powerhouse Palehound released their critically acclaimed sophomore album, A Place I’ll Always Go, last year on Polyvinyl. Having ended 2017 with a US headlining tour (which saw shows with Big Thief, Jay Som, Mitski, M Ward, and more), the band is hitting the road again for a co-headlining tour with Weaves!
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The sophomore album from the Boston trio Palehound, A Place I’ll Always Go, is a frank look at love and loss, cushioned by indelible hooks and gently propulsive, fuzzed-out rock. Ellen Kempner, Palehound’s vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter explains “A lot of it is about loss and learning how to let yourself evolve past the pain and the weird guilt that comes along with grief.”
Kempner’s writing comes from upheavals she experienced in 2015 and 2016 that reframed her worldview. “I lost two people I was really close with,” she recalls. “I lost my friend Lily. I lost my grandmother too, but you expect that at 22. When you lose a friend—a young friend—nothing can prepare you for that. A lot of the record is about going on with your life, while knowing that person is missing what’s happening—they loved music and they’re missing these great records that come out, and they’re missing these shows that they would’ve wanted to go to. It just threw me for a loop to know that life is so fragile.”
Weaves’ freewheeling compositional style is grounded on the album by singer Jasmyn Burke’s songwriting, which is both more focused and more personal than on past releases. Burke writes in disciplined bursts, which on the last record consisted of isolated sessions with a looping pedal and a guitar recorded as voice memos on her iPhone, but this time around she varied her technique, often writing on an acoustic guitar, which expanded her songwriting palette in unexpected directions. Both Burke and Waters refer to the album as their “Americana” record, and while the statement is made with tongues placed firmly in cheeks, the album, without discarding the punky pyrotechnics that defined their first LP, displays an expansive and anthemic quality in songs like “#53” and the sweeping “Walkaway,” that makes it clear there’s some truth behind the statement.
“Playing so many shows people come up to you and maybe identify with a song, or just say that what you did brought them up in some way, and it made me think about the context and what it means to share your personal experiences,” says Burke. The record sees Burke extend herself as a performer – moving more frequently to the center of arrangements and revealing new facets of her unique and powerful singing voice – as Waters, and the band’s dynamic rhythm section of bassist Zach Bines and drummer Spencer Cole, find ways to interpret the growing diversity of her expression. From the glammy Saturday night strut of “Slicked,” to the stripped-down, pedal steel abetted torch song “Wide Open,” to the searing “Scream,” a warped duet with Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq that likely constitutes Weaves’ wildest recording to date, the album captures a band for whom exploration is a compulsion making a self-assured step into the unknown.
2/7: Holyoke, MA @ Gateway City Arts
2/8: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
2/9: Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bazaar
2/10: Washington, DC @ Union Stage
2/11: Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
2/13: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade – Purgatory
2/14: Nashville, TN @ The Basement
2/16: Austin, TX @ Sidewinder
2/17: Dallas, TX @ Three Links
2/20: San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
2/21: Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater
2/22: San Francisco, CA @ Noise Pop
2/23: Santa Cruz, CA @ Atrium
2/27: Omaha, NE @ Slowdown Jr.
2/28: Chicago, IL @ Schubas
3/16: Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair (Palehound only)