Approximate Hellhound is here.
Think: Screamin' Jay, Sam Beckett, and a seemingly limitless capacity for laughing in the face of life's unrelenting ugliness.
Approximate Hellhound follows the explosive and critically acclaimed Revival (produced by the legendary Eric Drew Feldman), the much-lauded solo debut Lucky's Tune (produced by mythic rock deity and Pixies mastermind Frank Black a.k.a. Black Francis), as well as Paley's infamous Sub Pop single, and a dark and checkered past squandered on rock.
Reid Paley is also the co-writer with Frank Black of a bunch of songs. The ones that appear on Mr. Black’s albums are "Don't Get Me Wrong" [on Christmass], "I'm Not Dead (I'm In Pittsburgh)", "Golden Shore", "Dog Sleep", "Down To You" [on Fast Man Raider Man], and "Another Velvet Nightmare" [on Honeycomb].
Reid Paley has torn up stages all over the damn place.
Approximate Hellhound features the animal magnetism and frightening charisma of Mr. Eric Eble on the Czechoslovakian upright bass, and Mr. James Murray working that trap kit, with a special guest appearance by Ms. Daria Grace.
And Paley continues to bang it out on his ‘55 Gretsch.
So carpe diem, pal.
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Dare to broaden those horizons.
Enrich your life beyond your wildest dreams.
Astound your friends, appall your neighbors, and give that special someone something to think about.
You'll be glad you did.
Alright then. Here's what some other people have to say:
"One of America's best -- and most underrated -- songwriters."
-- PopMatters (Jennifer Kelly)
"A voice to turn good girls bad...Maybe crazy but damn exciting."
--The Village Voice
"The bastard child of Sinatra and Lemmy. Great epic, minimalist rock tunes with that end of the night feel."
--Random Magazine UK (Jaz Rhodes)
“The deliciously gravelly voice and Weillian pomp of tracks like “Yr Polish Uncle” might put The Bad Seeds out of business. It’s not often that adjectives like ‘clever’ , ‘dark’, and ‘heartwrenching’ should be bandied about in the same sentence, but Reid Paley Trio’s a special case. They’re a special NY band.”
-- The Sentimentalist (Madeline Virbasius-Walsh)
"Possessed with the voice of a drunken wolf. Songs that roar."
--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Regis Behe)
"Paley’s visionary take on modern music brings something quite exciting to the table - syncopated rock with simplicity of feel, dark humour, cutting remarks, witty poetic ramblings - all feeling like a breath of fresh air. Wondrously intriguing, compelling as hell, and refreshingly original.”
--Toxic Pete UK
“Blues and jazz trip around his nocturnal growl in this accomplished collection. There’s no holding back the ferocious swing of Take What You Want, and the brooding Better Days manages to rouse the soul even when Paley is staring destruction in the face. A gem worth uncovering.”
-- The Big Issue UK (Lianne Steinberg)
"Straightforward, sarcastic, funny and gifted at putting a song together."
--New York Press (Ned Vizzini)
“As soon as Reid Paley sings you realize there’s something else in the mix. A jazz-blues-rockabilly sound so distinctive that it takes a while for your listening organs to balance the gruff, hoarse voice with the excellent playing. A dark wit that will have you spitting your dinner over the stereo in mirth.”
--SoundsXP UK (Ged M)
"Put simply, the Reid Paley Trio knows how to get down. He's got mischief in his eye, Elvis in his joints, and booze everywhere else."
--NYRock (Jean Fury)
"Reduce-you-to-tears razor wit...Reid Paley ought to be a household name."
--Pittsburgh City Paper (Justin Hopper)
"Best Actual Gig of the Year. Very very impressive."
--Sleazegrinder UK (Stu Gibson)
"For all his simplicity, Reid is like nobody else."
--Seattle Weekly (Kurt B. Reighley)
"A proudly weird talent with a nervy raw appeal."
--Time Out New York (Mike Wolf)
"More messy jazz from a drunken genius."
--City Life, Manchester UK (Emma Unsworth)
"A soot-black sense of humor as biting as an underfed Rottweiler."
--Cleveland Free Times (Jason Bracelin)
"Best Of Manhattan"
--New York Press
"One of the East Coast's best-kept secrets, his wryly misanthropic schtick is all his own. Live, he is the Bill Hicks of the blues. You need to see him."
--What's On In London (Joe Cushley)
Revival: "Best 50 Albums of the Year"
"Four Stars" for Revival (highest rating)
"As Baudelaire was the spleen of Paris, Reid Paley is the spleen of New York... How else could he write such messianic blues, such prophetic rock 'n' roll?"
--442éme Rue, Paris (Lionel Dekanel)
"An unholy howl of a voice."
--CMJ (Judy McGuire)
"Though records like Revival drip with talent, sweat and humor, live is the way to experience Paley."
--The Village Voice (Jason Gross)
"A legend waiting to happen."
--Muzic.com (Sheril Stanford)
"A great musical attraction...a sort of Sinatra for the disaffected."
--Mississippi Reflector (Jim Beaugez)
"Actually, it's more than one date with this vampiric Brooklyn songwriter - it's four. And lucky us. Paley lives on the darker side of Saturday night, his witty ballads backed by a Czechoslovakian upright bass, a trap kit, and a voice that sounds like a bag of gravel in a blender. Just remember - his drawl is worse than his bite."
--City Life, Manchester UK (Emma Unsworth)
"Reid Paley is the kind of artist Seattle loves."
--The Stranger (Erin Franzman)
"For fans of churlish honesty and unaffected one-man shows, REVIVAL is a nonstop riot."
--San Francisco Weekly (Silke Tudor)
"Paley's bare-boned and bloody-knuckled approach grabs you like a shot of tequila that's gone down the wrong pipe."
--Aquarian Weekly (Chris Uhl)
"A jarring reminder of what rock'n'roll once was and could be again."
--The Washington Times (Derek Simmonsen)
"What? You want some kind of description of the artist and his music? Just fucking listen to the guy and enjoy his prowess."
-- Frank Black a.k.a. Black Francis