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Bandcamp. If you've heard of it you'll know why we are using it! If you've not heard of it you'll thank us for telling you!

Can you imagine a website where bands can upload full resolution audio files (.aiff) and you can chose what type of format your download is, and there's a minimum of third party overheads reducing the band's income.

Imagine no more because that's what Bandcamp is. By starting with the highest possible quality source, they’re able to convert our tracks into a bunch of different format and quality combinations for you to listen to, including MP3 (320, VBR V0), Ogg Vorbis, Apple Lossless, FLAC and AAC (aka .m4a or iTunes store format)

You can see why we have chosen bandcamp as our supply partner for our downloads.

Having said that In the days of our demo recordings the facilities available to up-coming bands were rather basic compared to this century!

The demo tracks were mostly recorded on a cassette based "portastudio" or in some cases directly off the sound desk at gigs but this also imbues the tracks with a certain 'patina', which given their 30+ years age is quite fitting, so please understand that these are not modern recording studio quality. We're currently leaving the tracks open for streaming so you can hear what you are getting before buying!

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Soundbite

 

Paul

Paul Mackie

The title means two things to me..

 

1. Escaping from the shadow of corporate enterprise, the shadow of say Canary Wharf and:-

2. In the shade of my favourite tree whilst in the Scottish mountains, away from all and at peace, a place where I can regroup and think.

 


I put my heart and soul into this album, it means so much to me and to have an opportunity to express ones inner most feelings is quite amazing and helped gain clarity in my direction in life. I feel that I have put to rest a lot of the conflict which I was feeling at the time of writing. I want to thank the guys in Pallas, Mike Bentley, my family friends and loved ones for helping me through a crazy time and thanks for proofing the album with me night after night, it was beautiful.


Pallas fans… I thank you from the bottom of my heart for making it possible, for making me feel at home, for hugging me and just loving something like the prog community with all that you have. I have learned so much about community and being active to support a cause, whatever it may be, and you were always in my thoughts as I put my lyrics together.


 

Niall

Niall Matthewson

This started as a completely different song, called BIG CITY, as far as I remember. The original song was written several years ago and many attempts were made to make it work, but it always ended up back on the shelf.

 

I remember asking the other band members listen to a certain Norwegian Eurovision song entry that I liked very much and we came up with the intro based on the feel of that song.

 

I’m not very sure how much of the original BIG CITY song remains but it would be safe to say ‘not much’!

 

Graeme

Graeme Murray

It's funny because sometimes as a band we've come up with an idea that everyone initially has been very enthusiastic about and then the enthusiasm wanes and the song runs into difficulties and never gets finished. This is one of those songs. 

 

I always really liked the original idea but we came back to it several times, but never got it finished,and I thought that it had been consigned to the bin. I'm delighted to see that this original idea call Big city finally made it onto a PALLAS album and I must see that it's one of my favourite tracks on the album.


I'm looking forward to playing it live it went down extremely well on a few gigs before concentrating on the album and it helped to fine tune the song before going into the studio.

 

I particularly love the outro of the song as it fades off into the distance.

 

Colin

Colin FraserColin's comments coming soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ronnie

Ronnie Brown

Shadow of the sun was built, dismantled and re-built so many times! It started out as a guitar riff that had been around for some time, working title: Big City. As the track evolved, the Big City riff was gradually extricated, note by note, until it was altogether gone.

 

The process is similar to building a house, removing the walls and finding that the roof mysteriously stays up. (We often work this way).

 

The chorus has been attached to the song right from the start and has a really cool interplay between two major chords, a tone apart over a single pedalled note. The effect is uplifting, especially in the second four bars, when the bass part starts to climb with the chords. You could sing virtually anything over this and it would sound good, and Paul's lyric is particularly hooky and memorable.

 


Lyrics

 

And now no more fear

At last no more tears

The time has now come

Clear cut and run from here

 

Pretension has gone

It's time to go home

There is no confusion

There's no illusion

I'm going home

 

To the shadow of the sun

My dizzy head spins      

In the shadow of a lie

My aspirations die

 

But the sparkle of the night

Takes my hand and leads me there 

I am the shadow and the light

This new life will feed me

 

I need space to breathe

Where my soul won't grieve

I will reminisce 

On my youthful bliss again

 

The sickness has gone

I'm moving on

Just one premonition

One lucid vision 

I'm going home

 

To the shadow of the sun

My dizzy head spins      

In the shadow of a lie

My aspirations die

 

But the sparkle of the night

Takes my hand and leads me there 

I am the shadow and the light

This new life will feed me

 

From the shadows to the sun

My dizzy head spins      

From the shadow of a lie

Aspirations rise

 

To the sparkle in the night

And in my heart I'll see you there 

With a sparkle in my eyes

This new life will free me

 

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