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Jason Paul & the Know It Alls (members of Toys That Kill), Pale Angels at Ivy Room

May 24, 2017
9:30 pm
Ivy Room

Beer city's own Jason Klandrud came up in Milwaukee's early 2000's punk scene. He's played in many bands of that era including Eine Kleine Chinmuzik, Bob Ucker, and Rich People. Members include players from notable bands from said scene, the Modern Machines, Holy Shit!, and Tenement. Soon Jason grew tired of the brutal winters and in 2012 he packed his meager belongings and headed to the land of sunshine and superior Mexican food. San Pedro, CA. He became fast friends with the punk rock locals. Mike Watt has been quoted as saying "he's one well-mannered little dude!" Not long after moving to town he formed a supergroup called the Lost Notes with Raul Morales of Mike Watt and the Missingmen fame on drums and Trevor Rounseville of Underground Railroad to Candyland on bass. The trio pounded out some 'mats inspired gems. Due to the schedules of Jason's fellow bandmates, the Lost Notes have had a hard time gaining momentum. At that point Mr. Klandrud decided to christen himself "Jason Paul" and pursue his passion of performing solo with my acoustic guitar. Wearing his influences on his sleeve, JP pours his soul out with Dylan-esque verbiage and a proletariat heart. His strumming prowess would make Guthrie proud. His yodel harkens back to the great Hank Williams or even Buddy Holly. Don't be mistaken though, Paul's tunes aren't just regurgitations of antiquity. Everything rings fresh, urgent and relevant to his experiences and our current times. Don't miss a chance to check out a real American artist, playing straight unadulterated music that most would file under folk. Pale Angels Daydreaming Blues is the third album from Pale Angels, based between New Jersey and Swansea, Wales. Guitarist Michael Santostefano and bassist Jamie Morrison play hypnotic, blown out punk with the help of drumming friends on either side of the Atlantic (half written in Wales with drummer Reza Mirehsan, before completing and recording with Chris Krause in the US). If people say being in a band is like a marriage, Pale Angels is more like a long distance love affair, forsaking practicality for an intensely close musical relationship. The band has spent the past few years touring the UK, Europe and both coasts of America a few times over, playing their usual frantic live set in venues and basements as well as the occasional stripped back quiet set at in-stores and people's houses. Pale Angels are a band best experienced live, and Daydreaming Blues is an album which captures all aspects of that perfectly. Recorded live over two days at Strange Weather Studios, Brooklyn NY with Ben Greenberg (of Uniform, Hubble & previously The Men), the new album builds on the blown out, grunge-fueled, garage punk of their previous records with the injection of more dark pop influence, adding touches of Wire and The Pixies to their Husker Du and Ramones-influenced punk. Reflected in its title, Daydreaming Blues has a hypnotic, dreamy quality with depressing themes throughout. "blissfully aware garage punk that isn't afraid to carry a hook or two" - DIY "Fans of The Replacements, The Gun Club, or any handful of SST's mid-'80s bands may have a soft spot for Pale Angels" - Brooklyn Vegan "Reflects the darker sounds of UK hardcore until it unexpectedly tears into a Misfits rip about 2/3 of the way in for the sickest key change ever." - Noisey "Insanely exciting.. a raw as fuck garage-grunge explosion" - Crack "It recalls late 80s punk - think PIXIES or even Fugazi - Pale Angels also have an oddball British touch, akin to those off kilter Wire moments." - Clash "If you're a fan of Nirvana, Toys That Kill and Husker Du then this is well worth your time. A fuzzy, dreamy album that should be played loud" - 8/10, Louder Than War

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