Sunday, November 06, 2005
remember Arthur Seaton says he won't be beaten
The first album 'Pacific Street' is, in terms of production, a bit of a mess...a case of too many ideas. The songs are great though and their trademark strumming acoustic 12 string and ba bA BAAAH brass sound is all there. 'Start a War' is The Paleys distilled and summarised.
The Pale Fountains- 'You'll Start A War'
Album no.2 '...From across the Kitchen Table' is a rockier record, it's a bit more focused. Songwriter, Michael Head is joined by guitarist brother John who plays brilliantly squally lines over simple chord progressions. The fact that even I can strum Pale Fountains tunes on guitar has always made them appealing. This is a gutsy, passionate record with its heart way out on its sleeve...perhaps a reason they couldn't get the hits Virgin needed.
The Pale Fountains- ...From across the Kitchen table
Mick and John Head are still out there as the brilliant 'Shack' who break cover from their Mersey paradise from time to time to be lauded as legendary only to disappear again...perhaps they prefer it like that.
To witness scousers argue over who knew The Paleys best (it's a good board actually) visit Shacknet
Buy 'Pacific Street' and 'From across the Kitchen Table' here