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A brighter shade of Pale
Well, skip a light fandango if it isn’t The Pale, back with a new EP after the long absence that followed their massive contribution to the Irish rock scene of the early nineties. The Final Garden sees them re-emerge as a sturdier yet looser musical unit than of yore.
Jackie Hayden, 25 Apr 2006
Devereux seems ambivalent about new technology and the changes it has wrought on the music industry.
“We were always inclined to mix electronic stuff with natural acoustic instruments,” he reflects, “but I think I’m rebelling a bit now against the way digital technology can sometimes compress the natural sound out of everything. If anyone suggests that The Pale comeback is inspired by all that, in some ways it’s actually a reaction against it, but I admit that the internet now enables a band to have more exposure.”
Despite the hiatus, Devereux was far from idle between Pale incarnations, having also explored other formats under the Produkt banner.
“I wanted to do something that was a bit anonymous, that had no reference to The Pale,” he explains, “I also wanted to see what it was like to work with a musical unit that had a lot more members than The Pale ever had. I have to admit that I ended up admiring anyone in an eight or ten-piece band. There’s only three of us in The Pale now and that’s enough for me!”