Palodine

PalodinePalodine is a band from Ogden, Utah (originally from Seattle, Washington). The band name Palodine gives me no rest. Despite intense googling I'm left with only breakneck speculations. My best speculation so far is that Palodine is just another spelling of the word "Paladin" which is derived from the Latin word palatinus (high-level officials attached to imperial or royal courts). This is just a speculation. If I’m wrong I will have to go back to the drawing board and start all over again with some new facts. I have later found out that Katrina Whitney just made up the name so that when you searched for it, it would be easy to find. She liked the way it sounded too! Palodine was formed in 2005 by Katrina Whitney (vocals and percussion) and Michael Aryn (multi-instrumentalist). Palodine started out as a four-piece band with Jason Brooks (multi-instrumentalist) and Christopher Hydinger (drums) but soon became a duo. Whitney and Aryn had a parallel music experience in other bands in genres like shoegazer, gothic, experimental, folk and country. Whitney and Aryn also have another band, Blackwood Hymnal, with a less hard sound. Blackwood Hymnal can be placed somewhere between low intensity, long term hiatus or defunct on an activity scale. Whitney and Aryn got married in 2009. A caveat is in place. Don’t let the husband-and-wife soft duo stereotype fool you. This is hard stuff, indeed. The hardness can be described in terms of haunting, yet beautiful vocals, pounding drums, pulsating bass and rowdy and impudent guitar riffs. Katrina Whitney started to play the drums when other members in the band suddenly quit and Palodine had a show coming up. Whitney was forced to learn how to sing and play drums in a couple of weeks. It’s common knowledge that it's hard to play drums and sing at the same time. Whitney and Aryn scaled back to a duo format. Palodine perform both as a duo and a band (then reinforced by other musicians). The music of Palodine is made real justice on their albums. The sound quality is brilliant. Palodine has opened for better known acts like Wovenhand. Playing live is normal an opportunity to connect with the audience. All audience is not music lovers. Everybody hasn’t come to the venue (i.e. bars) for the music. Palodine has, like many other artists/bands in the genre, experienced lack of interest from the audience when playing in venues where drinking and socializing takes over the music (i.e. more or less drowning out the music).

The music is, by “gothic country” standards, sophisticated. The music has been described as "goth moodiness, high and lonesome twang and a cinematic sensibility". Whitney and Aryn are both proficient musicians and skilled songwriters. While other bands in the genre take some pride in stripped-down and minimalistic arrangements and production, Palodine works with full-bodied soundscape with many instruments, care in details and entirety. Their albums are very well-produced. Their first album was recorded and mixed on an unheated floating barge in Seattle’s Lake Union during one of the coldest weeks in the city’s history. Palodine write a lot of songs to each album and not all of them end up on the album. Palodine can afford to be discerning when picking songs to their albums. The lyrics are dark and dreary, often filled with Biblical imagery and symbolism. The lyrics deal with outer and inner demons and topics like murder, abuse, "broken down cars and broken down dreams" and a mining death. There’s a thin line between honesty and theatricality in the genre. Palodine goes however clear. The mood is bleak, but the bleakness never feels unnatural or elaborated. Another caveat is in place. This is not music for parties. Palodine has been labeled "southern gothic", “dark Americana”, “avant Americana”, “slowcore” and “indie rock”. In my opinion, it’s “gothic americana” spot-on. Palodine has been described as a mixture of 16 Horsepower and Mazzy Star, which I find is a pretty accurate definition. If I may contribute with a label to the genre, I would label Palodine "shoegazer gothic".

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Palodine has released four studio albums. Their first album “Desolate Son” was released in 2006. Their second album “Garden of Deceit” was released in 2008 and is their darkest (and best) album. Their third album “All the Pretty Wolves” was released in 2014. Their fourth album "High Desert Hymns" was released in 2015. The two first albums were released on Tarnished Records. Their third and fourth album was self-released. The albums are described in an aptly way on the site cdbaby. From first to last album: "Alternating in mood from fierce to somber and, Desolate Son is a provocative portrayal of violence, remorse & final words" (Desolate Son), "Dark and gritty with urgent guitar work, bombastic percussion and resonant female vocals" (Garden of Deceit), "Dark Americana meets Dirge Rock and Heavy Blues" (All the Pretty Wolves) and "Gothic Americana dark roots music with hints of folk/rock/country, sophisticated lush and layered" (High Desert Hymns). There's more music from Palodine on its way. A new album will be released in January 2016. They will be back with a harder sound on this album. Palodine is represented by a song (Revelations) on one of the four compilations with The Best Of Dark Roots from Devils Ruin Records (Rodentagogue II). It is a mark of quality. The album covers are stylish. All album artwork has been designed by Katrina Whitney, who also is a writer, artist, photographer, florist and interior decorator.

 

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Below is a suggestion for a CD compilation.

 

No

Song 

Album

1

Fire In The Field

Desolate Son

2

Vengeance

Desolate Son

3

Devour Me

Desolate Son

How To Use

Desolate Son

The Maker

Desolate Son

6

Redwinged Blackbird

Garden Of Deceit

Scar

Garden Of Deceit

Sweet Mouth, Black Heart

Garden Of Deceit

Woman Of Cain

Garden Of Deceit

10

Sorrow Has Opened Our Eyes

Garden Of Deceit

11

Revelations

Garden Of Deceit

12

Ways To Drown

Garden Of Deceit

13

All The Pretty Wolves

All The Pretty Wolves

14

I Am Called The Black Sheep

All The Pretty Wolves

15

Crude Pine Box

All The Pretty Wolves

16

Light Above The World

High Desert Hymns

17

Abraham

High Desert Hymns

18

Amargosa

High Desert Hymns


 

Best album: Garden of Deceit

Best songs: Vengeance, Devour Me, How To Use, Sweet Mouth, Black Heart, Woman Of Cain, Sorrow Has Opened Our Eyes, Revelations, Ways To Drown, All The Pretty Wolves, I Am Called The Black Sheep, Crude Pine Box, Light Above The World

 

 

 

 

 

 

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