Paleface and Mo be rockin’ the roost…
By Blurt Staff
Last December, when
Paleface and Mo charmed the bejeezus outta BLURT during an opening set for the
Avett Brothers, we knew we would be fans for life. Now comes word that Paleface
has inked a deal with North Carolina label Ramseur, longtime home of the
Avetts, which plans to release his new album The Show Is On the Road early next year.
You can read our
comments at the above link and also check out the goods directly at the
official website: www.palefaceonline.com . Meanwhile, below is a capsule history of Paleface handily provided by the
1989 Paleface meets Daniel Johnston. Daniel teaches him how to write songs
and Paleface begins to make home tapes, which in the following years will
evolve into sought after underground bootlegs.
1990 Roommates and burgeoning songwriters, Paleface and Beck hang out in the Lower East Side, NYC. Danny Fields (Stooges,The Ramones,
MC5, The Doors, etc.) discovers him at Lach’s Antihoot and signs on as his
1991 Polydor signs Paleface to a major label deal; he writes and records his
first album Burn and Rob.
1992 Paleface is excited for his first album tour, but is mismatched with
tourmates The Judybats and then The Crash Test Dummies. Not long after, he
tours with Billy Bragg and gains his own following laying the foundation for
his grass roots fan base. He appears in Rolling Stone and Spin Magazine.
1993 Paleface begins work on his second record, but A & R badgering keeps
him awake at night and by the end of ‘93 he gets dropped because the record
company doesn’t understand the new songs.
1994 He records Generic America produced by Kramer for the indie label Shimmy
Disc. With the touch of one finger, Kramer erases the masters. Consequently,
the record doesn’t come out.
1995 The New York
Post does a feature article on Paleface in Lisa Robinson’s column. Toward the
end of ‘95 he signs to Sire Records. Hanging out behind the bar at Coney Island
High, Paleface finds out he’s been signed to Sire from Jesse Malin,
(D-Generation), who had read it in the paper earlier that day.
1996 Sire releases PF’s album, Get Off, about the same time as Beck’s
Odelay. Sire doesn’t want to compete with the marketing and one month later
Paleface is dropped.
1997 A bit disillusioned with the music industry, he begins a spring tour with
The Breeders and Lutefisk. Rightfully pissed off, they all indulge in too much
While touring near Vegas Paleface gets shakes, Lutefisk breaks up soon after,
and The Breeders album gets shelved.
1998 Paleface alters his lifestyle and starts the process of restoring his
health and well-being. Paleface also begins a very prolific writing period; he
produces and records some of his best songs as lo-fi underground bootlegs.
2000 Paleface meets and becomes friends with a new breed of artists which
includes The Moldy Peaches, Langhorne Slim, and Regina Spektor at Lach’s
Antihoot in NYC and releases his famous underground classic The Multibean
2001 Jason Carmer (The Donnas, Run DMC,) and Arion Salazar (Third Eye Blind)
invites Paleface out to San Francisco
to make a new record, but the sessions are postponed after the events of
September 11th. PF releases another one of his home recordings, The Couch Tape,
and sells out his bootlegs at shows.
2002 Paleface forms a new band called “Paleface” with Monkeybone and they gig
around New York.
Monkeybone is a vehicle for Paleface to showcase the new songs that he’s
writing faster than the band can learn them. During this period, Paleface plays
gigs with The Moldy Peaches and other New
York emerging rock bands like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and
is introduced to their audiences.
2003 Along with his re-emerging solo career, PF experiments with the Americana sound and forms
a new side project called “Just About To Burn.” They release their first
record, Produced by Paul Kostabi (“Ena”) and the band tours London. The crowds love
the new songs and the new sound.
2004 Free Your Mellow is recorded and released as a new Paleface solo record.
2005 Paleface is invited by The Avett Brothers to their mountain recording
hideaway to join in the making of Four Thieves Gone. 31 songs are recorded
including 5 PF songs from which “Dancin Daze” is chosen for the final release.
Later that year The Multi-bean Vol 2 is compiled and released.
2006 “I Just Wanna Play Guitar” is recorded with old friends
Momotaro, Julian Summerhill, and Ena. It is released in Germany on the
trash/punk rock label Wanker Records. Refurbished Just About To Burn begins
recording anew. The band has grown to a four-piece.
2007 Paleface (and Mo) hit the road and tour all over the US. They
are both featured on The Avett Brothers record Emotionalism (Ramseur), which
sells close to 50,000 copies in its first year.
2008 Paleface releases “A Different Story” and continues to tour
[Photo Credit: Cheater Slick]