Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Pale Horses

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Pale Horses

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PALE HORSES

mewithoutYou (Run for Cover Records, 2015)

mewithoutYou's newest album is brass and bizarre--and biblical.

The progressive punk band's sixth album Pale Horses gallops through 11 tracks of eclectic insanity with a religious twist. Many songs imagine the end times, both in lyrics and in sound. Cymbals crash. Drums blare. Bass lines boom ominously. Listeners are left terrified and intrigued. What does the end hold?

Pale Horses is an all-access pass into lead singer Aaron Weiss' raw wrestling with religion. Elements of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism loom throughout the album. The stories are tough to understand at first, but they fit with the album's goal. Faith, like these lyrics, needs to be engaged time and again.

In their first single, "Red Cow," mewithoutYou rockets us back to Zion's hill at the time of Moses. Pale horses come "clanging" in while frogs and locusts plague the Israelites. The music crescendos as Weiss screams with the agony of uncertainty: "Was he a violent man? …

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