Haven't heard Pale yet? Without question, you will. Lately, this Houston-based rock quartet can't help but get noticed. Formed in 1997 by guitarist/vocalist Calvin Stanley, Pale has spent the last several years honing their trademark blend of passionate melodies and explosive, guitar-fueled choruses. As a result, the band has received a slew of media attention, loads of industry accolades and invitations for several high-profile live performances, including opening for the likes of Roger Waters, Depeche Mode and Frank Black. The band's 2004 release, Here, features 11 tracks of honest songwriting and perfect chemistry between Stanley and guitarist Robb Moore. Backed by the foundation of Stephen Wesson on bass and Travis Middour on drums, this is a serious rock album. Stanley's powerfully emotive vocals are vaguely reminiscent of a Thom Yorke/Rob Dickinson (Catherine Wheel) hybrid, yet he creates a sound all his own. A viable contender among the heavy-hitters, Here belongs in every rock aficionado's music collection. Listen to this refreshingly original band and you'll find that Pale is the next definitive sound in rock music. 'Pale has the rock-n-roll ideal: the moxie and evolving know-how to get noticed in a business that gives less and less opportunity to new talent. Pale is trying to find the rock-n-roll spirit again.' Michael Clark, Music Editor, Houston Chronicle 'They put on a great show, reminiscent of an early Cure or U2; definitely a major-label prospect.' David Katznelson, former VP for Warner Brothers.