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May 11, 2018
Pale Monsters ask: 'Are You Feeling Alive?' - Worcester Telegram (Victor Infante)
“Are You Feeling Alive?” isn’t just the name of Pale Monsters’ recent album - it’s the question that haunts every inch of the music between the bright and bombastic opener “All This Time We Wait” and the low-pressure-front closing number “Gone.” The band....explores the question at the album’s heart both lyrically and tonally, each vignette skirting the edges of an unspoken question: “Is this all there is?”
May 04, 2018
Pale Monsters 'Are You Feeling Alive' Review: Newly Alive, and Kicking - Reviewfix (Justin Lugo)
Mike Ward’s synth work might just be the album’s most discerning feature....Pale Monsters “Are You Feeling Alive” is an approachable, catchy release, and a big first step from a band that I expect to see more of in the years to come.
April 20, 2018
Pale Monsters - All This Time We Wait - The Indie Source (Anne Hollister)
....one of the best recent singles coming out of the indie rock scene....recalling the more artful approach embraced by many iconic New Wave/alt rock/art rock acts who emerged during the Seventies and early Eighties.
March 07, 2018
Pale Monsters create music for when the dance party ends - Vanyaland (Michael Marotta)
A few years back, the dance party era ended, and with it came a new mental reality, one where the party was over but the morning had not yet arrived.
Pale Monsters’ new album Are You Feeling Alive?, is the record for that time. Though Mulvey’s latest band has drawn comparisons to Bowie and Talking Heads for its tilted take on art-rock, the Boston quartet have captured and reflected a modern take on our paranoid world.
February 15, 2018
Pale Monsters - Are You Feeling Alive? - No Depression (Mindy McCall)
The ebullient, life-affirming qualities of some of these songs and their complementary melodies are poising the band to experience much more than success on the indie scene, but it’s guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Chris Mulvey’s capacity to invest everything he does with compelling melodic value that will hold your attention and keep you coming back for more....
Pale Monsters’ Are You Feeling Alive? is some of the best indie rock released in recent memory.
February 15, 2018
Pale Monsters - Are You Feeling Alive? - Too Much Love (Mike Yoder)
Are You Feeling Alive? is definitely alive and sounds inspired throughout much of the recording. Chris Mulvey and his band mates will make some considerable waves with this release....
Pale Monsters’ first full length studio album is an impressive songwriting and musical work from first to last and it solidifies them as one of the indie scene’s most promising outfits.
January 30, 2018
Pale Monsters - All This Time We Wait - Shockya (Karen Benardello)
Pale Monsters has set high new standards in the new wave-alternative rock genre with its alluring latest single, ‘All This Time We Wait.’ Mulvey and his bandmates have a natural ability to pay tribute to the musicians they admire, such as the Talking Heads and David Bowie, while also creating vital and exhilarating new sounds.
January 30, 2018
Pale Monsters - All This Time We Wait - Stereo Stickman (Rebecca Cullen)
Pale Monsters are a band bringing about the brightness of pop alongside of the grit and authenticity of indie rock. All This Time We Wait is a huge song, exploding in to life from the offset with an infectious and somewhat retro leading riff, the likes of which floats confidently above a colourful and synth-heavy backdrop. Then you get the lead singer’s delivery of these ideas, this melody, and this unforgettable hook. All in all it makes for a chaotic and powerful few minutes of music and performance.
January 30, 2018
Pale Monsters - All This Time We Wait - Sidestage Magazine (Yvonne Glasgow
"a new wave sound that is sure to make you feel nostalgic....It’s a catchy song with a great vibe that will make you dance. The vocals have this interesting accent to them that’s hard to place but easy to listen to."
January 28, 2018
Pale Monsters are New Wave Masters - Beat Media (Yvonne Glasgow)
This isn't cookie cutter music.... This album will have you feeling feelings you haven’t felt in a long time....Fans of anything from New Order to The Talking Heads and The Police to David Bowie will revel in the sounds on this album.
January 27, 2018
10 Questions with Chris - Indie Music Interviews
What has been the high point of your music path?
Finishing up the new Pale Monsters' album, Are You Feeling Alive?
There is a pretty amazing high every time an album is finished, and the songs we have been slaving over are finally done. This time that high is even bigger. We are all really proud of the work and excited to get it out there.
January 25, 2018
Pale Monsters - "All This Time We Wait" - Skope
Pale Monsters go for a wild, unpredictable and colorful psychedelic sound on “All This Time We Wait”. Vocals have a sound reminiscent of Television’s highly stylized delivery, as they possess a truly commanding presence. Elements of electro, post-punk, and indie rock come into a satisfying stream of consciousness whole. Absolutely teeming with life, the song virtually bursts at the seams.....
“All This Time We Wait” shows off the undeniable chops of Pale Monsters in creating a joyous off-kilter sort of pop, one whose melodies and rhythms feel so inviting.
January 24, 2018
Pale Monsters - "Are You Feeling Alive?" - The Rock and Roll Report (Matheson Kamin)
The Are You Feeling Alive? album from Pale Monsters finds the Boston-based band creating a release that makes use of many different influences. That musical blend creates an album that ends up being very strong from beginning to end.
December 21, 2017
Year In Review: Our Favorite Boston-ish songs of 2017 - Vanyaland (Michael Marotta)
Pale Monsters might be the most underrated band in Boston. Chris Mulvey's alt-rock quartet debut in 2016 with the twisted indie-rock jam "Everybody (Take What You Can Take)," and raised the stakes in October with the fluorescent "All This Time We Wait." Like other Pale Monsters, tracks the song is boosted to the galaxy by Mulvey's impassioned howl.
October 12, 2017
New Sounds Triple Play: Around the Horn with Pale Monsters, Future Carnivores and Township- Vanyaland (Michael Marotta and Bo Barringer)
Pale Monsters howl in the brisk October night with anthemic new single “All This Time We Wait.”
- Michael Marotta
Chris Mulvey has been a mainstay of the Boston music scene for a while now, first as the leader the Breeders/surf rock-influenced Muy Cansado, and now he has busted out with a fresh new ensemble of friends and fellow area music veterans in Pale Monsters. Highlighted by Mike Ward’s ebullient layers of synth squeals, Mulvey’s chiming guitar and a driving rhythm section (drummer Travis Richter and bassist Kevin McGrath), their new single “All This Time We Wait” is a celebration. Had this festival-ready banger come out two or three months earlier it would have made everyone’s summer mixtape.
- Bo Barringer
June 19, 2016
"this band has a knack for taking those stylings of what’s come before and forging them into something fresh and vital. There’s really not a lot of straight-up rock that feels new anymore, but, somehow, Pale Monsters pulls off the trick."
Take What You Can Take, Pale Monsters - Boston Herald (Jed Gottlieb)
"Leader Chris Mulvey has come crashing out of Muy Cansado with a set of loud, sad indie rock gems on Pale Monsters’ debut EP “Take What You Can Take.” He belts them out over retro synths from Mike Ward (Let’s Wait), punchy, plucky bass from Kevin McGrath (Diamond Mines) and the always mighty drums of Travis Richter (Kingsley Flood)."
June 15, 2016
"Enlisting his friends, the former Muy Cansado singer and guitarist has emerged with band Pale Monsters, a sound-shifting pop-rock project that feels like a modernized take on the guitar-fed styles of Talking Heads, David Bowie…"