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Pale People


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In 2015, two disgruntled University of Montana music students—Mack Gilcrest (keyboards, vocals) and Kurt Skrivseth (bass, guitar)—combined forces to form Pale People: an eccentric, introspective, often uncategorizable rock trio.
Joined by drummer Brian Tremper, and drawing influence from a hodgepodge of acts (Stephen Sondheim, Primus, Blur, and the Dresden Dolls among them), they recorded their first album, Bright Ideas (2015), mere months after forming. Sneaking into an off-limits University studio late at night, they finished tracking the album in two weeks, and what emerged was raw, theatrical cabaret-punk, addressing topics like pornography addiction, the Patriot Act, Greek myth, and serial killers.
The band recorded their second album, Portraits (2016), in a friend's basement. The album is a collection of character studies, with subjects ranging from Honey Boo Boo to a Tetris prodigy, and the music is timbrally diverse, featuring instruments like accordion, trombone, toy piano, and organ.
Following the completion of Portraits, drummer Brian Tremper left the band for personal reasons, and Gilcrest's old friend Austin Graef was brought in to fill his place. In Graef's basement, Pale People recorded their third album, The World Is Yours (2017), which featured even more eclectic instrumentation, and lyrics about things like superheroes, sexual trauma, and the colonization of Mars. The band continues to perform, record, and experiment in Missoula, Montana.


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