Following the recent European shows & the release of ‘Dry Food’ earlier this year, Palehound have a new video for the album track ‘Cushioned Caging.’
“In similar spirit, the Boston band’s new video for ‘Cushioned Caging’ leaves you unsure whether you’re being cuddled in endless duvets, or battered over the head by a sledgehammer. It’s really, really ace, basically.
The video — a collaboration between Palehound’s frontwoman Ellen Kempner, and film-loving school kids at Boston’s Real to Reel Filmschool — takes place in a surreal waiting room with a difference. Instead of taking tickets for tooth extractions, or Argos microwave ovens, visitors to Palehound’s surgery of choice get rewarded with an empty room in which to smash shit up.
“The idea started with wanting to destroy things, so we worked our way backwards from there to come up with a story and reason to sledgehammer stuff,” summarises director Badger Antoniou. “It was pretty funny. We all had safety goggles and were hiding behind pieces of plexi-glass for the destruction scenes. Amazingly none of us lost an eye or limb, and even our camera came out okay!” Fair enough, really.”
“As deliberately unpolished as these songs are, Kempner and band ensure that her songwriting talents aren’t obscured by it. Rather, they add to its realness, making these songs all the more powerful.” — Record Collector — ★★★★
“‘Dry Food’ is a soundtrack to that tide of self-doubt. With a stark lyrical dexterity and deliciously noodling guitar riffs, the album is torn between crippling sentiment and stark detachment. Distraught and distracted, with her first full-length album Ellen Kempner brings a wealth of emotion into a searing lease of life.” — DIY ★★★
“A post-punk pop explosion is not the usual way to deal with the ache of relationship blues, and although lines like “It hurts in my bones” hint at a deeper pain, the opening salvo of the album is defined by its relentless drive and inventiveness.” — Music OMH 4/5