Vocalist/guitarist Ellen Kempner released a solo EP "Bent Nail" in '13 while she was attending Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, NY.
The one-woman acoustic project soon morphed into a jangling electric quartet before being reworked (with a totally different line-up) into a trio of Kempner, bassist Nick Koechel and drummer Jesse Weiss. The group's '15 full-length debut was titled "Dry Food."
In her early teens, Kempner, who grew up in Connecticut, attended a summer performing arts camp. One of the camp counselors was Sadie Dupuis, later the frontwoman for Speedy Ortiz. The two became fast friends and listened to music together. "Sadie got me into pretty much all the music I'm into now," said Kempner. "She's like an older sister to me."
Palehound, with Kempner, guitarist Ben Scherer, bassist Thom Lombardi and drummer Max Kupperberg recorded the "Kitchen 7" EP in Brooklyn.
The two song set contained "Holiest" and "Pay No Mind." Kempner stated that recording the EP was "a really rewarding, hilarious, and simultaneously trying experience." And while there was a nod toward band unity, that line-up didn't last.
Meanwhile, Exploding in Sound released Speedy Ortiz's '12 EP "Speedy's Sports." That connection led the label to sign Palehound.
2015 Dry Food