by Andrew Sacher
Palehound's new full band lineup (photo by Manny Harpin)
Ellen Kempner's indie rock project Palehound released her impressive Bent Nail EP back in October via Exploding In Sound, and now she's set to release a new 7" for the label, Kitchen, on February 25, her first recorded with the four-piece band she plays live with. One of the things we mentioned when we first wrote about Palehound was their Speedy Ortiz connections (the singers of both bands are friends, Speedy used to be on EIS) and on "Holiest," the first single from Kitchen, the comparisons of the two bands are even more noticeable. With a very adept band behind her, Ellen can work in those mathy subtleties that Speedy mastered so well, and there's a few moments where her voice is a dead ringer for Sadie Dupuis'. Ultimately though, both are just terrific songwriters and if you like one you're bound to like the other. Check out the new song below.
As usual, Palehound has a number of local shows coming up, including one this Sunday (1/26) at Shea Stadium with Dead Wives (ft. Mike of Speedy Ortiz), Flagland and Advaeta. After that, they'll play Pianos on February 20 and 27 and then make their way south hitting other cities on their way to and from SXSW.
UPDATE: The full lineups for the Pianos shows also include Infinity Girl and What Moon Things on 2/20; and Grass Is Green, Celestial Shore, Bluffing and Howler on 2/27.
All dates are listed, along with the new song, below...
Palehound - "Holiest"
Palehound -- 2014 Tour Dates
01/24 - New Paltz, NY @ Writer's Block w/ What Moon Things & Palberta
01/25 - Cambridge, MA @ Elks Lodge w/ Grass Is Green, Krill, Ovlov & Trespasser
01/26 - Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium w/ Dead Wives, Flagland, and Advaeta
02/14 - SUNY Purchase @ The Stood w/ Swearin' and Frankie Cosmos
02/20 - New York, NY @ Pianos
02/27 - New York, NY @ Pianos
02/28 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Great Indoors w/ Marge and Amanda X
03/01 - Baltimore, MD @ Windup Space w/ Two Inch Astronaut, Hive Bent, and Blood Horses
03/03 - Richmond, VA @ TBD w/ Cat Be Damned and Roseanne?
03/06 - Tallahassee, FL @ All Saints Cafe w/ Woozy and Danielle Steele
03/08 - San Antonio, TX @ Texas Is Funny Records Showcase
03/12 - Austin, TX (SXSW)
03/13 - Austin, TX (SXSW)
03/14 - Austin, TX (SXSW)
03/15 - Austin, TX (SXSW)
03/21 - Asheville, NC @ Odditorium w/ Wyla
03/22 - Washington, DC @ TBD w/ Two Inch Astronaut and Klauss
04/26 - Bronxville, NY @ Sarah Lawrence College w/ Mac DeMarco