holger kochs: guitar, vocals
christian dang: guitar, vocals
stephan kochs: drums
hilly: bass


stephan & holger kochs
fon: +49 [0]2406-97181


It all began in 1994 with the idea of founding one's own label and the need to release their first EP. And so pale released the debut "Krusty-Tag ep" on the newly founded soda records: 6 songs somewhere between Buffalo Tom and the forgotten Doughboys with the ability to tell everything within 3 minutes. Pale were heard for the first time and all the overwhelming reviews that followed surprised everyone including the band. 5 months and 4 songs later Pale released their first full-lenght "Swear Jar" - the songs of the debut had been remixed to be released again. Once more the critics loved their output and concerts all over germany followed. In 1996 bad news disturbed their scene. The former bass-player left the band due to personal reasons. So a new one had to be found, which soon was the case, so that only two months later pale released the second album "Drop Pants For Food". Noisier, faster and still with the idea of the perfect pop-song, they recorded ten tunes with the help of bluNoise-mastermind Guido Lucas (Yage, Blackmail, Sometree, etc...) 1998 singer and guitarist Holger founded Reno Kid with ex-Leaving Vegas-singer Marc Isenbügel and three friends, but left the band one year and three awesome releases (including the "hearts pounding everywhere"-EP with Soulmate) later. Three years had to pass before Pale finally released the third longplayer, "Another Smart Move" (1999): 10 emotional-driven songs arranged like a mosaic, influenced by Paul Weller, the intelligence of Refused and the (so-called "emotional") half-times. A concept-album and more. Their way of commenting and laying feelings into words, music and their shows remain outstanding. 10 songs packed with ideas, feelings and imaginations of three years.

2000. After joining Defiance Records, an outstanding label from Cologne, which has already released stuff from great bands like Yage, Tumult, Ambrose or Engrave, Pale are releasing their new album "Razzmatazz (The Arts At The Sands)". A concept-album, telling the the story of 22-year-old Israel, a jazz- and soulfanatic, who returns after 1½ years to his homewtown and recognizes that his place is far beyond his friends, his family and all the things he had before. Only two things left. His love to music and a girl called Anna. In the tradition of concept-albums, such as The Who's "Quadrophenia" or The Jam's "Setting Sons", the songs, the lyrics and the interludes on "Razzmatazz" are all about this guy. Situations, thoughts and feelings of his life constitute snapshots within the songs and thereby depict his story in the whole of the album. Northern Soul and drumloops hit emo-guitars, samples meet overwhelming harmonies, half-times become desperation. In the vein of Jimmy Eat World's "Clarity" and Buffalo Tom's "Let Me Come Over", the songs range from fragmental structures ("I See You, But I Won't Stay Home") to 60's-beat-songs-arrangements ("Town Called Malice"). Like with all Pale-releases, the graphic-design of the album was done by Stephan and Holger. A circumstance that underlines the fact that Pale is capable of functioning as an autarkic and independant unit, or rather community.

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