For Immediate Release: April 17, 2019
There's a new rock band in Brooklyn who you mustn't sleep on, called Pale Ramon. Their name is derived from the 1934 poem by Wallace Stevens called The Idea of Order At Key West, in which the poet examines the creative powers of the human mind, and "to what extent artists are capable of creating, redefining, or mastering the natural world around themselves" (credit: GradeSaver). Led by vocalist/keyboardist Emanuel Ayvas (of Emanuel and The Fear) and Kevin Plessner (formerly of Monuments and Oceanographer), Pale Ramon will release their debut, self-titled album on May 24.
"Beat Punk," the album's lead single (which premieres today at PopMatters), is a melt your face rock song. "It's a response to everyone who said, 'They're just tweets, don't take him literally,' and, 'That's just how he talks.'" It is an expression of anger and fury at the political distortion that defines the Right, and it is about demanding civility and truth. "The Left cannot, and will not sit idly," Plessner writes.
Plessner conceived the song by creating a motorik beat; "For me the motorik beat feels like speeding down a highway at 90 mph, but this tune also felt like a fist fight," he says. Then, Ayvas, the song's narrator, intensely captures the shifting political landscape and anger that is growing throughout society by wailing, defiantly, "You got what you had coming / You got what you asked for / Now you got what you wanted / And I'm just sitting here laughing."
4/23 @ K. J. Farrell's (Long Island) *acoustic duo set*
4/27 @ 66 Congress (Greenpoint, Brooklyn)
5/29 @ Union Pool (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
6/27 @ Berry Room (Philly, PA)