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The Pauses share the Origins of new single “Digital Detox”: Stream

From the indietronica trio's forthcoming sophomore record, Unbuilding

The Pauses Origins, photo by John Deeb
The Pauses Origins, photo by John Deeb
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    Origins is our recurring new music feature that sees a band exploring the various inspirations behind their latest track.

    Six years after their A Cautionary Tale debut, Orlando three-piece The Pauses are finally ready to return with their sophomore full-length. Entitled Unbuilding, the record is out June 22nd via Arctic Rodeo Recordings.

    Like their past releases, Unbuilding is the result of collaborative songwriting between multi-instrumentalist Jason Kupfer, drummer Nathan Chase, and vocalist/bassist/keyboardist Tierney Tough (who moonlights as Beach Slang’s touring bassist). With the help of producer/mixer J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines), the trio have pushed their sound deeper into pop territory as they add guitar thrust to their indietronica styles.

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    Nowhere on the album is this better exemplified than on lead single “Digital Detox”. Sounding as if Speedy Ortiz was a late-’90s emo band, the track buzzes and whistles (literally) in a perfect dance of digital disillusionment. Synths hit as hard as the distorted guitars, creating something nearly like chiptune yet with the drive of tech-savvy garage rock. Tough carries the flag of the cyber revolt in her lyrics, singing, “This instantaneous relief/ I’m losing my own game/ Will we see that absence breeds/ before we amuse ourselves to death?”

    Take a listen below.

    To dig deeper into the song, Tough and Kupfer have broken its Origins.

    Social Media:

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    Tierny Tough: The lyrics are pretty straight forward and address internal struggles that I’ve had with social media. Every once in a while I need to go through a cleanse and deactivate my accounts to feel like a human again.

    Bjork — “Hyperballad”:

    TT: Even though there’s absolutely no reference to social media (hello, 1995), the escapism in this song has always sat right with me. There’s a sense of surrendering to one’s situation, and just trying to deal with it the best you can. I find that very relatable to the ways we communicate today and tried to express that with my lyrics. Also, I can totally imagine modern-day Bjork tossing her iPhone off a cliff.

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    A Commercial Jingle:

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    Jason Kupfer: ​”​Digital Detox​”​ actually began its (almost very short) existence as a sort of micro-jingle written for a commercial spot, which was viciously rejected by [Super-Lame Client Redacted] on the spot. It was kind of a bit of a relief in a way, because I saw potential in it as a possible Pauses tune. I’d sent the very basic sketch over to Tierney, expecting a resounding confirmation of [Super-Lame Client Redacted]’s feelings toward it, but she saw some of the same potential that I did, as demonstrated by this very discreet Facebook wall-post back to me [above].

    We kicked it around a bunch and it evolved into something really different for us and presented a challenge in taking something far poppier, sugary, and “blippy bloop bloop”-ier than we’d ever written and sort of strangling the darker elements out of it, most of which came from Tierney’s lyrics, which in turn, re-influenced certain musical approaches.

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    Super Mario Bros.:

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    The whole arpeggiated 8-bit synth bridge was a direct nod to the idea of self-suffocating by way of digital overload and a Super Mario Bros, chiptune-y vibe just seemed to represent that perfectly. The rise and fall of that section is the melodic equivalent of hopping on an endless carpet of turtle shells, eating a million gold coins, and then immediately being attacked by a ghost and falling into a bottomless pit. You know… the Internet.

    Steamboat Willie:

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    As it progressed down this path, the whistling areas seemed to take on an eerie sort of antithetical quality, while still keeping the tone well within that misleadingly chipper pop-neighborhood. Plus, I’m just really into the idea of a song that seems like it could sync up seamlessly if played over any scene from Steamboat Willie.

    Unbuilding Artwork:

    The Pauses -- Unbuilding Artwork

    Unbuilding Tracklist:
    01. Eventually, Everything Connects
    02. Don’t Wake Me Up
    03. Digital Detox
    04. Had/Have
    05. The Beginnings of Things
    06. The Best for the Most for the Least
    07. The Means
    08. Heart of the Steal
    09. Animus?

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    The Pauses will head out on tour to support Unbuilding later this summer. Find their full schedule below.

    The Pauses 2018 Tour Dates:
    05/24 – Tallahassee, FL @ The Wilbury *
    05/25 – New Orleans, LA @ Neutral Ground *
    05/26 – Denton, TX @ The Space Station *
    05/27 – Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlie’s *
    05/29 – Phoenix, AZ @ Trunk Space *
    06/02 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick #
    06/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Hi Hat #
    06/04 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red #
    06/05 – Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse Saloon #
    06/07 – Amarillo, TX @ The 806 #
    06/08 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater #
    06/09 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Loading Dock #
    06/12 – Seattle, WA @ Funhouse #
    06/13 – Portland, OR @ Analog Cafe #
    06/15 – Sacramento, CA @ Goldfield Trading Post #
    06/16 – San Francisco, CA @ TBA #
    07/12 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar ^
    07/13 – Orlando, FL @ Blackstar ^
    07/14 – Gainesville, FL @ High Dive ^
    07/20 – Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge
    07/21 – Birmingham, AL @ The Nick
    07/23 – St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird
    07/24 – Omaha, NE @ O’Leavers
    07/25 – Chicago, IL @ Landland
    07/26 – Bloomington, IN @ Blockhouse Bar
    07/27 – Chattanooga, TN @ JJ’s Bohemia
    07/28 – Raleigh, NC @ Slim’s
    07/29 – Jacksonville, FL @ Rain Dogs

    * = Acoustic
    # = w/ Far
    ^ = w/ J. Robbins

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