Interview: Pale Man Made
Happily, all of which apply to Pale Man Made, who will be releasing their second album Red Box Secrets on 4th June.
The band, made up of Leon White (vocals/guitar), Christianne Ormston (vocals/guitar), Karen Forster (bass) and Chris Lanigan (drums) have been playing together for four years and have received critical acclaim and airplay from the likes of Huw Stephens, NME and XFM for their previous releases and albums.
Named after a song by Christianne about the sun starved factory workers of the industrial revolution, the band openly acknowledge their influences and the re-occurring comparisons to their sound and late 80′s guitar bands, but firmly believe that their new album is bringing something new to the table.
“We can get the C86 comparison in the first album, but not this one. There’s a heavier sound on the new album and Christianne has written a lot of the lyrics about fighting. I’m not sure if C86 bands would be referring to stick fighting heroes like Angel Cabales or claim that “people lie in wait like vultures”. We do have a mutual love for 80s bands though that has inspired us, but we are more likely to be listening to The Smiths, Joy Division, The Cure and Sonic Youth now than The Shop Assistants. We don’t only listen to this type of music, some of us have guilty pleasures like Depeche Mode and Iron Maiden.”
Their new album is being put out on the London based Odd Box Records label, the band having released previously the free download single B Line from the album on local Gateshead label Tiny Lights. Still, the band currently have no plans to up sticks and move to the big smoke.
“We think it’s an old fashioned view to think you have to live in the big city to be established there. We are building a good fan base in London, despite living in Newcastle. Obviously, having the album released on a London label has helped but so has Leon’s VW Polo. It’s more about having people who don’t mind driving the length of the country and staying in Premier Inns. It’s a trip out and we enjoy the cheap breakfasts.”
Next up for the band will be the release of another single from the album, which will include a remix by local legends Dubstar, who will also be taking on DJ duties for the bands’ album launch at the Cumberland Arms in Newcastle on Saturday 9th June.
“The new track is called Dog,Cat,Pony and it’s certainly different to how people will have heard us before. We are also going to continue to get ourselves out there, so there will definitely be a lot more road trips in store. We’re working on new songs now, and so we are already thinking about the third album.”
Pale Man Made release Red Box Secrets via Odd Box Records on 4th June. The band play The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle on Saturday 9th June.
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