PALEFACE is an American musician and artist, currently ontour as high-energy Ameriana three piece band, in supportof his Ramseur Records full-length, One Big Party. The band celebrated the release with a special guest- performance alongside The Avett Brothers at NYC's Radio City Music Hall, followed by US and Europe tours. Soon after the album's release, Daytrotter.com featured a brand new live stripped down recording session by Paleface, and one of the tracks was voted "Daytrotter's Best of the Year - Reader's Choice". And later PASTE Magazine premiered "PALEFACE - The Making of 'One Big Party'" a short docu- mentary which follows Paleface during the process of record- ing, touring and performing, and features interviews with Paleface, his darling drummer Mo Samalot, and Scott Avett of The Avett Brothers.
Paleface was first schooled musically by friend Daniel John-
ston and soon discovered by the legendary Danny Fields (The Stooges, The Ramones, MC5) at an NYC open mic. He has since released over a dozen records including two major label releases, and he's collaborated and performed on three albums by The Avett Brothers. Paleface has influenced and inspired a wide range of musical acts, from indie electropopsters YACHT, to Grammy Award recipient Beck who calls Paleface "a big influence on my early work" on Annie Leibovitz's book American Music. At the moment, Paleface is in the process of writing a new album to record later in the year.
Jkutchma and the 5 Fifths
Somewhere between Elvis Presley's honorable discharge and his immediate sequestration under Colonel Parker's fleshy, bejeweled wing, there existed a window of opportunity. What if, instead of "Paradise, Hawaiian Style," we'd heard a deeper exploration of country and gospel music; what if he'd been backed by the Funk Brothers or the Wrecking Crew; what if Americana hadn't come to mean either at best a rote recitation of Old Time music or at worst a bland, formulaic, slightly twangy version of Adult Contemporary? What if songs of genuine yearning, resolve, pain, and triumph drew in equal measure from both Hank Williams' high lonesome and D. Boon's credo, "Punk is whatever we made it to be."?
J Kutchma and the Five Fifths are interested in trying to find out what that could sound like. This is, of course, not to say that the band bears any resemblance to the rhythm section/force of nature behind Motown's hits or the greatest punk rock trio ever to climb in a van, only that the urgency with which they played, the trust they had in their bandmates, and the willingness to stumble upon How A Song Should Sound, to tear up the chart and start over—these are the hardest and best parts of playing music, and they're the whole reason these five got together in the first place.
In the Showroom!