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 (http://vimeo.com/10712285
) 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 Pauses have recently shared the stage with The Starlight Mints, Aloha, Matt Pond PA, Evangelicals, The XYZ Affair, Pattern Is Movement, Deleted Scenes, Appleseed Cast, An Horse, Sybris, Modern Skirts, Venice Is Sinking, New Roman Times, Candy Bars, Yacht, The Life & Times, Gordon Withers, and This Will Destroy You.