Are Predictable EP (2005, SideCho)
track on The Pale Pacfic's (formerly The Pale) latest EP Rules
Are Predictable could be the 'Boys Of Summer' for the dream-pop
crowd. The bassline and overall groove are quite similar to said
song but thankfully the band saves face by skillfully incorporating
reverb, a sea of keys and a much-needed tempo shift halfway through.
Otherwise Mr. Henley might have to change his views on copyright
law and take up shack with every pirate's most-hated archnemesis,
Lars Ulrich. *Shiver* Now ironically segue into 'Identity Theft'
where the band is quick to remind us 'it's not stealing if you're
skimming off the top'. Fair enough. Great bomb-shelter siren guitars
on this one, by the way. The band closes up shop with a wink, nod
and wave to their friends all across the country on 'All My Friends'
while bright, shimmering keys twinkle and flutter onward. Pleasant,
if not a smidge tacky.
Are Predictable is a decent release but certainly not essential.
Nothing here really warrants repeat listens and Gabe Archer's vocals
are perhaps a little too cute (emo-lite) and lacking in personality.
This might appeal to fans of Longwave, Doves or Death Cab For Cutie,
though The Pale Pacific have some catching up to do when tossed
up in that salad. I do, however, plan on going back through the
band's catalog in hopes of finding material a bit rougher around