PALEFACE is an American musician and artist currently on tour as high-energy duo with darling Mo Samalot (drums, back-vocals), and Soren Mattson (electric guitar, harmonies) in support of his Ramseur Records follow up One Big Party. Paleface 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 documentary which follows Paleface during the process of recording, touring and performing. PALEFACE welcomed the new year with a new music video for the album’s tittle-track, which has received television exposure via MTVu as well as via On-Demand programming, retail and web (Mtv.com, VH1.com, Magnet Magazine, among others). And just past Spring Paleface recorded a live Mountain Stage session that aired via over 130 NPR stations + satellite radio and web.
Paleface was schooled musically by friend Daniel Johnston 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 electropopsters YACHT, to Grammy Award recipients Kimya Dawson (The Moldy Peaches / Juno), and 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 with his band later in the year, and in the meantime he’s just self-released Multibean Bootleg Vol.3, a collection of raw demos, live performances and outtakes.
“You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more appropriately-titled record this year. One Big Party is one big sonic shit-eatin’ grin. Joyous, carefree and catchy as hell, this record is a perfect and cost-effective antidote to whatever ails ya” My Old Kentucky Blog
“melodic acoustic songs with a sunny vibe while maintaining an underground edge.” The New Yorker
“everything about this One Big Party suggests one damn good time”BLURT
“Paleface, a neo-folk icon” The Flagpole Magazine, Athens GA
“Paleface is one of the scene’s best-loved products” Time Out NY
“Influential cult hero Paleface, a man who has been on the cutting edge of contemporary music’s continual fascination with traditional Folk music and an influence on some of the most adventurous musicians who seek to translate that vintage spirit into their own voice.” City Beat, Cincinnati
“Whenever I hear the inspired music of Paleface, I am transported to a magical and happy place. Nothing else matters. Except the exceptional music that Paleface is accustomed to making. It has that early Dylanesque folk rawness to it so when it comes to Paleface’s eclectic style of folk and indie pop stylings, I just sit back, unwind, and crank up the stereo. Totally adore this band!” Loudvine.com
“From the outset Paleface’s new album, One Big Party, makes no amends for the raucous, boot-stomping experience in store…These songs are catchy and upbeat, retaining Paleface’s lyrical openness and sly sense of irony.” East Nashville Blog
“Paleface composes folk music in earnest, with a bluesy vocal delivery that portrays a feeling of something genuine and well-intentioned”KDHX 88.1FM St. Louis, MO
“Seriously, he’s the real deal, and you need to check him out” Star News, North Carolina