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Sunday, February 13, 2011
Paleface Interview Before Florida Tour
As the North Carolina-based duo begins its five-date Florida tour, Paleface, the duo and its namesake guitarist, continues its push from the perimeter of the music scene to a spotlight.
Probably best known for his associations - such as learning songwriting from Daniel Johnston, influencing Beck and Kimya Dawson, helping create the anti-folk scene and writing for the Avett Brothers - the high-energy Paleface with drummer/partner Monica "Mo" Samalot is drawing well-deserved attention with their latest album, One Big Party. The album is joyous neo-folk being drawn through a classic rock filter. The catchy-as-hell shuffle, "Rock N Roll' (featured below) will leave you blithely humming for days.
Before heading to Florida, Paleface gave After Hours a few moments to discuss music, touring and the popularity of duos:
AFTER HOURS: You have been most closely associated with the “anti-folk” label, what does that term mean to you? How would you classify your music?
PALEFACE: Anti-folk was a term jokingly used by folk musicians in New York who were into punk and couldn't get gigs at the established folk clubs in the city who just wanted Baez and Seeger re-runs. Because it was the new folk music, it ended up taking over and those old clubs that didn't adapt closed. I see that music everywhere - its really just folk music that knows the past but wants to do something itself that's new. M
y music is just my art so I don't really need to classify it in general. If people can feel something or be moved by it then I'm happy.
How your approach to music or the music business changes with the digitalization of music? Has touring become more important during this time when the music business is in such upheaval?
Touring is the most important thing. It's the only way to earn a living doing music at the moment. Some are lucky enough to get money from advertisers which can really help supplement. 20 years ago that would have been unthinkable - the kiss of death for any band or "serious" artist. Now it's commonplace.
It's weird when something you grew up with disappears in front of your eyes.The rock star dream is still out there but its pretty limited to the american idol wanna-be types now. Probably not anymore Kurt Cobains to be heard from. And not too many people underneath that make a great living either. It's kinda all or nothing these days - like the rest of the country - fewer and fewer people are getting the pot of gold. But things could change when you least expect them to so- Who Knows!?!
Your new album is more upbeat, having more of a classic rock foundation with pop overtones, than your previous work. What brought about this direction
I thought of the last 3 records as kind of a trilogy. A Different Story was kinda of like an indie-americana album and The Show Is On The Road was like a DIY folk record....One Big Party just kinda happened that way - an american classic rock goodbye if you will - i tried to picture the songs going out over a large audience and how they would sound to the person in the parking lot. Would they be able to recognize the song from there? Would it travel that far? I think that's one of the reasons classic rock has lasted so long - it traveled through the air well.
With your second album as a duo, do you have an explanation on the current popularity of man/woman duets such as She & Him, Jenny and Johnny, Mates of State, etc.?
You have been on tour since October in support of One Big Party, do you travel well together?
We are both thankful to be doing what we are doing. It gets hard sometimes with the long drives but it comes with the territory - its accepted and expected that its not all going to be roses and parade rides.
Thank you for coming to Florida. At times, we feel like we are off the beaten path with regards to seeing quality bands live. What can people expect when they come out to see you in Florida?
We'll try to have as much fun as possible playing and hopefully people will join in with us.
2011 Florida Tour
Feb. 17: DeLand, FL @ Nest
Feb. 18: Gainesville, FL @ Durty Nelly's
Feb. 19: Tampa, FL @ Ella's Folk Art Cafe
Feb. 20: Orlando, FL @ Will's Pub
Feb. 24: Delray Beach, FL @ Dada
Feb. 25: Fort Lauderdale, FL @ The Monterey Club