Recorded live as part of ARC’s Live Session Series, the brand new 7 inch from stateside punks Pale Angels showcases some of the band’s newer material along with a cover of The Feelies’ ‘Crazy Rhythms’. Right down to the artwork, it’s about as raw an offering as you can imagine.
There’s certainly a crowd that will appreciate the DIY ethic of the release. The all encompassing lo-fi hiss perfected by Jesus & Mary Chain and more recently Eagulls is prominent throughout. ‘Just Faces’ and ‘Romantic Depression’ are a wash of disorientating punk jams and manic, rambling vocal work that will satisfy the aforementioned clique but very few beyond.
Coming in at a minute long, ‘La Esquina’ is over before its even begun and serves as an ignorable precursor to The Feelies cover. I do actually quite like what Pale Angels have done with this track. They’ve tampered very little with the bones of the song itself, but the shoegaze-heavy production gives it a suitably grungey makeover and much gnarlier sound than the original.
If you like your punk spelled with a capital P U N K then this is definitely worth a listen. Otherwise avoid. There’s nout here for you.
‘Strange Powers (ARC Live Session)’ by Pale Angels is out now on Specialist Subject Records.
Words by Joe Danher