Punk Fox (2014)
Hey, it's another one of those rare instances where someone actually sends me a record to review. It's always pretty fun and exciting to get a mystery package in the mail like that. This is actually the 2nd record I've gotten from the Punk Fox record label, which is surprising as I wasn't all that into the 1st release they sent me. Well, it's still nice to be thought of, but unfortunately for me The Pale Faces is one of those records that I'm destined to never play again.
First off, if you look up this band online and end up on their Facebook page there's never ending talk of the 'collective' they're part of. It's been my experience that people who refer to their friends as a collective are usually kind of pretentious . I can't say that for sure about The Pale Faces and they may be super cool folks, but I can tell you that I don't really like their record.
A-side "Guru" is built over a chugging guitar riff that goes nowhere, lots of "oooohs" instead of lyrics and the loudest mixed shaker egg you've every heard on a record in your entire life. Geez, I can't even believe how loud they left that thing in the final mix, it's borderline absurd. The B-side "Nature Calls" isn't much better. This time they add a wacky organ sound to the mix and then play the guitar riff on top of it almost note for note. Again, the song is repetitious and just does absolutely nothing for me. Oh, it also comes with a DVD, but this isn't I Buy Way Too Many DVDs Dot Com and I have no motivation to see or hear any more of this band.
I don't like writing bad reviews and I feel especially guilty when it's not something I bought on my own, but someone sending me the record because they think I'll like it. That being said, I just don't like The Pale Faces. Hopefully the next time Punk Fox sends me a record I'll be more into it. If they ever send me anything again.
The Pale Faces - "Guru":