Boston based fuzz rockers Palehound got a chance to play in front of a home crowd of sorts on Sunday night as they opened a bill of four bands headlined by UK pop punk giants Basement. Though hailing from Yonkers, NY the band currently lives, writes, and records in Boston. Their debut LP “Dry Food” came out August 14th, via Exploding in Sound Records. The album itself is a hidden gem for anyone who digs Pavement, The Breeders, or Pixies. Their 90’s inspired groovy guitar sounds have already been making waves the media garnering attention from the likes of NPR, Pitchfork and Paste Magazine.
They kicked off the show on Sunday playing to what frontwoman Ellen Kempner described as “The largest crowd we’ve ever played to.” They split their set almost evenly between their 2013 Bent Nail EP and new LP Dry Food playing 3 tracks from the former and 4 from the latter. Though only known by a few people in the crowd when the show started, the trio definitely gained some fans. Several people were making their way over to the merch table to introduce themselves and purchase the record shortly after their set ended.
Kempner’s fuzz laden guitar was the driving force behind their set, invoking thoughts of 90’s garage acts gone by. The band’s stage presence was consistent with their sound, giving off an almost shy vibe, making their set more about the sound then the artists. With a recent influx of artists trying to encapsulate that 1990’s aesthetic in their sound, image, and attitude there are plenty of bands who attempt to emulate it, but few nail it as well as Palehound have in the authenticity of their sound.