Liverpool band Pale Rider have released their new video for their single I Run On Rain. The band have spoken about their demolition jobs on Liverpool venues, taking it across the M62 and laying their music down in the studio.
Formed in 2017, Ben Russell (vocals, guitar), Fran Codman (lead guitar), Louis Dutton (bass) and Sophie Thompson (drums), Pale Rider bonded over a love of The Stooges’s Fun House, The Black Angels and wild space-rock.
Early live gigs alongside The Lucid Dream and the Captain Beefheart Festival in Liverpool led to Getintothis declaring them ‘Liverpool’s best new band’ while Louder Than War tipped them as New Band of the Day, adding: “Pale Rider are uncompromisingly addictive, nail-bitingly ambitious, they’re creating future sounds for the Space Age of today.”
Sophie said: “Me and Ben are from Carlisle but have lived in Liverpool and love Liverpool’s music community, I think we’re very much a live band at the minute and our power and presence comes into fruition live – and that kinda comes through in the video.”
BBC Merseyside and Amazing Radio joined in the praise with airplay of I Run On Rain while blogs The Cultural Manual and Even The Stars tipped them as Ones To Watch in 2018, the latter declaring: “With a front man whose voice can soar into the stratosphere and a drummer who dictates the songs with a subtle change of pace or a bold explosion of power, they look set to become a fixture in the North West’s flourishing music scene.”
They recently headlined at EBGBs for Independent Venue Week with drummer Sophie on a panel promoting Safe Gigs for Women alongside Frank Turner, and return to the stage in March alongside Phobophobes before a special date at Liverpool Sound City.
“It was class to escape that side of things and play in Manchester and experience a new audience”, Sophie said, “there was a load of people who traveled over to see us and it was a great night and I think the video captures that a bit.”
“We’re a new band but it feels like already there’s a momentum with people from Liverpool and Manchester heading over to see us.”
Fran Codman said, “It was boss to go in the studio – we’d had the tunes for a couple of months, taken them to dirty dungeons round Liverpool but to lay them down in Elevator was a good experience.”
Fran and the band are equally keen to push forward and bring their music to the masses, “Now we’ve played in Manchester and a headline show in town, there’s a couple of more prominent support slots coming up in Liverpool. We feel like we’re moving in the right way and we’re gonna take things up a bit. We’re still in our infancy but the last show in EBGBS we took the fucking roof off and when we play with Phobophobes in March it’s gonna be even heavier.”
Pale Rider play with Phobophobes at Liverpool’s Shipping Forecast on Thursday March 15 before supporting The Lucid Dream at Manchester’s Band on the Wall on Friday, April 6.
They’ll play Liverpool Sound City on Saturday, May 5 at Hangar 34.
Watch the video for I Run on Rain here: