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Pale Saints - 30th Anniversary 'The Comforts of Madness' Out Now
Pale Saints : 30th Anniversary 'The Comforts of Madness' Out Now
21st January 2020

“No-one’s done anything quite like it since.” - Uncut (9/10)
“A timeless artefact… The Comforts of Madness still stands proud as one of the finest albums ever created and this timely repackage is an essential addition to anyone's record collection.” 
- Under The Radar (9/10)
“Near-perfect.” - Brooklyn Vegan
“Music that is at once wayward and concise, dissonant and beautiful.”
The Sunday Times (Must Have Reissue)
“Among the best indie pop from the dawn of the 90s.” - MOJO ****

Celebrtaing 30 years since Pale Saints released their debut album, The Comforts of Madness, the remastered special edition of the record is out now on 4AD. 

As well as a single LP edition reissuedon black vinyl, deluxe CD and LP editions are also released, both of which include a bonus disc of previously unreleased session tracks and the band's only John Peel Session.

+ The Comforts of Madness: 30th Anniversary Remaster is being released across three formats on 4AD - Double CD, LP and Limited Clear Double LP +
You can buy from the 4AD Store here +
You can buy and listen on other platforms here +

From Leeds, the original Pale Saints line-up were Ian Masters (bass / vocals), Chris Cooper (drums), and Graeme Naysmith (guitar), who having released a clutch of singles since forming in 1987, put out their debut album in February 1990.  Including the tracks 'Sight of You', 'You Tear The World In Two' and a cover of Opal’s 'Fell From the Sun' (the band that once featured 4AD alumna Kendra Smith and later became Mazzy Star), they made an exciting and frenetic entrance with The Comforts of Madness - an album that swam against the tide and even found its way on to the Top 40 of the UK Album Charts.

When appearing in The Times' Guide To The Best Albums of All Time, Pete Paphides likened the record to being "an electrical storm of discovery," saying that them being "pigeonholed as a shoegazing band, doesn’t begin to do them justice.  The Comforts of Madness hits the ground not so much running as charging in all directions.  It’s easy to forget that indie music once saw no contradiction in sounding sweet, savage and esoteric at the same time, but it was a combination that seemed second nature to Pale Saints."

For the album's 30th anniversary, Ian Masters has revisited the band's sessions where they demoed the album at their Woodhouse Studio before heading to the Blackwing Studios in London to record them with John Fryer and Gil Norton.  These album demos plus the band's only John Peel Session (recorded 23rd of July 1989 at Maida Vale studios in London) help to create a bonus disc of material for both the double CD and LP editions.  While the single LP is a faithful repress of the original, the artwork for the deluxe editions has been reworked by Timothy O'Donnell, with the double CD edition coming in a card sleeve and the double gatefold LP being pressed on clear vinyl. 

You can find information on all formats, and tracklistings, here.