The eclectic rock group from Tokyo known as the Pale Brood have released their latest EP record, “Like Mother Like Brood.” Very nearly a full-length album, the EP consists of eight original tracks for an approximate total listening time of half an hour. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the support of the corporate music industry. Part pop, part folk, part bluegrass and rooted in the music traditions of Ireland, “Like Mother Like Brood” is a record unlike any other in a world which makes standing out a staggering achievement by any standard.
The first hearing of the Pale Brood’s “Like Mother Like Brood” yields a record with a surprising amount of variety and versatility. The band cites such influences as the Pogues, New Order, U2, the La’s, Lou Reed, Oasis, Crowded House, INXS, the Police, and Midnight Oil.
Sonic elements of each may be discerned in the Pale Brood’s new EP, and they have the surprising ability to blend these disparate styles into a warm and consistent whole. What is more, this whole is not only catchy, groovy, fun, and sometimes even touching, but actually all of these things in equal measure from start to finish.
Part of the upbeat vibrancy of their EP stems from the band’s general modus operandi. Asked to comment on the theme of their new album, the Pale Brood write, “We always play for enjoyment and remember that the music we create always has the ability to affect people in a positive way.”
This is, in fact, the emotional effect of the record. It’s not possible to hear it and not feel a little happier in general. This makes the extended-play album totally accessible to music fans of every genre.
The Pale Brood’s current official bio describes them as having formed in Tokyo, Japan, in 2007. They began by performing traditional Irish music and favorite songs by the Pogues, and quickly expanded their repertoire to include originals. Their tone is larger and fuller than one expects from a band based on acoustic instrumentation, evidence of the talent and tasteful playing of their members, Owen Cooney, Richard Johns, Andrew Shive, Shogo Taniguchi, and Chris Young.
“Like Mother Like Brood” by the Pale Brood is available online worldwide.
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