Palehound brings DIY passion and aggression to Philly this Friday

Ellen Kempner of Palehound | Courtesy of Exploding in Sound Records

New York based Palehound released the six song Bent Nail EP back in October, and I have to say I’m disappointed I did not hear about them until now. A lot of potential is wrapped up in this band, from the songwriting and lo-fi tunes, to singer Ellen Kempner’s striking voice.

Similarities can definitely be drawn to Philly’s own Hop Along – both feature passionate and aggressive front women backed by calculated hooks that result in something that is heartfelt and catchy.

“Drooler” contains a softly trudging verse that leads into a blown-up chorus where Kempner exclaims “Vandalize my body / If it helps you sleep soundly.” This song definitely grows on you. “Psycho Speak” is a trip through stories of rich lovers, bad neighbors, and laziness that flows with a non-stop upbeat guitar riff.

The band’s most notable song comes with “Pet Carrot,” with a great amount of humor and honesty intertwined throughout. Kempner takes us through this song as her voice dips and dives across her vocal range, but the guitar and bass also also pop. The EP finishes strong with “I Get Clean,” which focuses on the inability to clear your mind and “Flytrap,” which is a powerful humming ballad.

Palehound will be playing a show at Dog Morgue this Friday with Krill, Alex G, Pumba, and Anchor 3. Stream Bent Nail below, and download it via Bandcamp.


Watch the theme song from Boston DIY band Krill (playing Hong Kong Garden on 9/4)


Last month, Krill released their quirky pop-punk LP, Lucky Leaves.  The DIY band somehow packaged this raw sound into concise and catchy songs and they have even dared to create their own theme song.  “Theme From Krill” is a self-homage featuring the group goofing off on camera mixed with footage of the group playing live.  Basically, the video takes the odd Boston trio and puts their personalities and musical style together, showing you what the band has to offer in 3.5 minutes.  Exactly what a theme song calls for.  Check out the video below and be sure to catch them September 4th at Hong Kong Garden.