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 glides just as easily atop the
breathy sparkle and agile math of "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.
Since the release of the album, The Pauses have released a split 12" with
Great Deceivers, played multiple SXSW showcases, invented
Interact-O-Vision (a live interactive media show component), had songs featured in Harmonix's Rock Band
and multiple films (see: McSweeney's "The Love Competition" http://vimeo.com/33698394), and have literally shared the stage (with members
filling in as backup musicians) with Matt Pond, Davey Von Bohlen, and John Vanderslice.
Between projects, and when Tierney isn't on the road with
Matt Pond, The Pauses diligently work on writing and recording material
for their second album.
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and for a debut (or really just for any album), it's hella diverse.
Some parts sound like the guitar-heavy indie rock of Helium, others
sound like the keyboard-led indie pop of Mates of State, and others
sound like St. Vincent's wacky art pop. Surprisingly, it all works. And
even more surprisingly, an album this well executed has gone overlooked
for three years. Hopefully it doesn't stay that way much longer. "
"Theyve totally outdone themselves with this unboxing video of their track "Go North" which hits Rock Band via RBN today. Its one of the cleverest bits of promotion Ive 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
"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."
"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."
--Consequence of Sound
A Cautionary Tale (2011) New Granada Records
Produced by J. Robbins
1. Go North
2. Beyond Bianca
3. The Migration
4. Pull The Pin
5. Hands Up
6. The Leap Year
7. Little Kids
8. Goodbye, Winthorpe
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The Pauses/Great Deceivers 12" Split (2012) - New Granada Records
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Compilation album tracks:
"Don't Wake Me Up" on In Pleasant Company: A Mixtape for Jason (2012) Futurerecordings
*benefit compilation for Jason Noble (Rachel's, Shipping News)
Can play up to a 60 minute set.