Pale Blue Eyes
Pale Blue Eyes might just have released a genuine 2023 album of the year contender for the second year in a row. This House, released in October follows hot on the heels of debut long player Souvenirs which came out almost twelve months to the day earlier.
Both have provided the catalyst in elevating its creators to being lauded as one of the most exciting bands in the UK right now, while their live shows have received glowing plaudits from everyone that’s witnessed them.
Essentially a trio – vocalist and guitarist Matt Board, his wife Lucy on drums and bass player Aubrey Simpson – although more often than not a four-piece for live shows. Originally formed in the picturesque town of Totnes on the Devon coast, the Boards recently relocated to Lucy’s native Sheffield while bassist Simpson split his time between Devon and London.
While the band’s debut LP Souvenirs captured memories and melancholy from around the death of Matt’s father, This House is its next-door neighbour. The new album was finished in the immediate aftermath of the death of Matt’s mum.
Pale Blue Eyes are a young electro-modernist guitar group based in rural Devon. The band have released two singles to date, the Motionless/Chelsea double A-side followed by TV Flicker. Both singles were mixed and mastered by the great Dean Honer (The Moonlandingz, Róisín Murphy, I Monster, Human League, International Teachers of Pop). After the self-released Motionless/Chelsea single, PBE were signed by the esteemed UK Independent label Full Time Hobby.
The band have built their own recording studio – Penquit Mill, set amid the greenery to the south of Dartmoor. Buzzards soared overhead as PBE recorded their forthcoming debut album, again mixed by Dean Honer and scheduled for release in the autumn of 2022.
PBE come from a part of Devon populated by innovative and forward-thinking businesses. The band’s debut single was released with support from Devon’s New Lion Brewery and GroCycle mushrooms. PBE were further aided by Devon’s Green Funeral Company, who also form part of Callender, Callender, Cauty & Drummond Undertakers, the funeral directors for the MuMufictation afterlife memorial programme. Cauty and Drummond are, of course, also know for their work with The KLF and The Justified Ancients Of MuMu.
PBE began playing live relatively recently, cutting their teeth at Sea Change and Port Eliot festivals, as well as supporting Sea Power, W.H. Lung, Penelope Isles and Drahla. Next up is a tour with Silverbacks.
March 2022 All dates supporting Silverbacks Tickets: https://silverbacksband.com/tour
6 March– Manchester, Yes Basement 7 March – Liverpool, Jimmy’s 8 March – Bristol, Louisiana 9 March – Brighton, Prince Albert 10 March – London, Sebright Arms 1 March – The Loft, Portsmouth 12 March – Leeds, Headrow House