The Pale

Thursday 25th November 2021

Whelan's, Dublin

A celebration of over 25 years at the vanguard of the Irish Indie scene! The Pale are about to revisit their classic album ‘Here’s One We Made Earlier’ for a very special one-off show in Whelans on Saturday Feb 3rd 2018.

Released on A&M Records, the band’s debut marked the emergence of one of the Irish indie scene’s most innovative and creative acts. Journalists and A&R executives struggled with descriptions and superlatives, wrapping their tongues around comparisons to Tom Waits, Les Voix Bulgares, Primus, Brecht, Madness, Europop, Jacque Brel, Talking Heads and even the Sex Pistols. The album mixed a range of influences from classic Indie, Eastern European folk, Ska and classic torch songs, while at the same time sounding utterly unique. At the heart of the group is the vocal acrobatics of Matthew Devereux, coupled with the ethno-punk stuntmandolin of Shane Wearen.

Ireland then was very different to that of today. The Pale represented a new found Irish confidence, a country emerging from the bleakness of the 1980s to a new optimism that brought us Jackie’s army, Zoo TV, The Commitments and a homegrown music scene that had major label sharks swimming in a feeding frenzy snapping up bands. The singles ‘Dogs With No Tails’, ‘Butterfly’ and ‘Shut Up Venus’ catapulted the band onto the world stage, charting across Europe, Israel, and Turkey.