The Pale Brood

The Pale Brood

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The Pale Brood is a Tokyo-based band that was first inspired by Irish music--in particular. Composed of both Japanese and foreign members, the group now plays a variety of pop originals in the Tokyo area.

Biography

The Pale Brood started out as a "just for fun" band that covered Pogues songs. Soon after, Owen Cooney (vocals) and Richard Johns (mandolin) started composing songs together, and within a year they had an album's worth of material.

From pubs to bars, they hit the major areas of Tokyo like Shibuya, Gotanda, Shinjuku, and Shinagawa. They have just recently released their first album, "Like Mother Like Brood."

Lyrics

Closer

Written By: Cooney

Across many generations

Our fathers lived and died

They saw the fire and rainbow

And they have laughed and cried

And all this time I had nothing on my mind

I never understood the reasons

Why they had tried

I don’t believe in reincarnation

But I know the soul survives

I’m told that everything works out

But I’m just waiting for the sign

Across the oceans and the fields that we have seen

Under the bridges and on the lonely street

Are we closer
Closer to the truth

Oh are we closer

Closer to the dream that we have seen

Since we left the cradle

Oh are we closer

Sometimes I start to get the feeling

That there’s no hope for any of us

More war, lonliness and desolation

I know we’re running out of luck

And all this time we had nothing in our minds

We never understood the reasons why we must try

Are we closer

Closer to the truth

Oh are we closer

Closer to the dream that we have seen

Since we left the cradle

Oh are we closer

Discography

Like Mother Like Brood (8 song album)

Set List

Sets can extend from one hour to two hours. We play long sets of covers (Pogues, Irish, bluegrass, rock) and originals.

One typical set might be:

Transparent (original)
Man from Mangawhai (original)
Yellow (Coldplay)
Spoken (original)
Maggie May (Rod Stewart)
Closer (original)
The Broad Majestic Shannon (The Pogues)
One (U2)