The Pale formed in Dublin in 1990 with Matthew Devereux on vocals Shane Wearen on Mandolins Sean Molloy on Bass and a cheap as chips drum machine taking care of the beats. They released an award winning debut album on A&M records in 1992 called (Here's one we made earlier) The debut album and live shows received critical praise internationally. The singles from that debut (Dogs with no tails) (Butterfly) and (Shut up venus) did well in both Ireland and the UK. The highest chart positions came in Turkey, Israel and France and has given rise to successful cover versions of their songs released in Turkey over the last decade. As the group have toured they have added and subtracted instruments and players to the line-up. The mainstay of the group has remained to be the unique sound conjured up by Matthew and Shane. The Sound of the group is one of ethnic fusion and is often referred to as eclectic and quirky. Over the years The Pale have recorded five live sessions for RTE radio and a further two for BBC radio. The most recent session was recorded for John Kelly's The Mystery Train for which they debuted new songs from their upcoming album.
Fast forward to 2006 and The Pale are still playing live dates and releasing new records albeit independently. The lastest record is called (The Final Garden E.P) and is available on their own label called Devereux Records. Recently The Pale have re-recorded their single (Butterfly) in their native Irish for a compilation called (Ceol'06) which charted in the Top Ten. A live track from The Pale called (Slope) has just been released on a compilation called (The Garden Sessions) out now on RMG. All proceeds from this record go to The Irish Hospice Foundation. The Pale have just completed recording a new album due for release this year with Q (aka Colm Quearney) in the production seat. Over the course of the last few years Matthew Devereux and Shane Wearen have collaborated with a number of different artists and their main strength as a group is that they always think outside the box.
Their debut album Why Go Bald? was self-financed and led to a cult following. For their second album they received a loan from U2 manager Paul McGuinness and thus Happy Ring House continued their upward climb. Within a year they had signed to A & M Records and had massive success with singles 'Butterfly' and 'Dogs With No Tails'. In particular 'Dogs With No Tails' was a top 10 hit in Ireland, Turkey, and Israel.
"The whole independent approach to the recording has been rewarding," says lead vocalist Devereux. "Unfortunately though Wendy, the greyhound featured on the EP art work, was hit by a car and now walks on three legs!" Fortunately the EP in question has legs, and songs such as 'Church of Bones', 'Small Town', 'Good Ship', and 'The Final Garden' have become important parts of The Pale live set. The songs were first showcased when The Pale played support to Antony and The Johnsons at Vicar Street in Dublin.