**Please note some of the Press References are under the bands previous band name – ‘Hughes Brothers’ **
Spending their early childhood growing up together on the isolated shores of Christchurch, New Zealand brothers – now band mates – Pause Applause recently set their sights further abroad, currently calling the creative hustle of Berlin home.
In their first year the brothers released their debut four track EP titled ’Take Me On’’ under the name ‘Hughes Brothers’. They featured on NME’s music review page as “Promising emerging artist of the year”, Music Under Fire listed them as TOP 10 der Most Notable artists and they achieved #1 spot on The Audience Charts with their single Punchline.
During Berlin’s winter of 2013 lead singer Simon Hughes was admitted to hospital after a severe depressive episode and given a diagnosis of Bipolar disorder. After taking time out to reflect and recover, music became the therapy with which would inspire the material for Pause Applause’s 2014 double EP release. With 5 tracks on each EP, both EP’s give a personal and intimate insight into Simon’s journey through his recovery from depression and lyrically crack open the heart to explore both joy and hardship, woven into the fabric of each track. The music is inspired from the perspective of both brothers, following the journey of recovery and the pain of watching the ones closest to you struggle.
The latest Autobiographical EP releases promise to be vulnerable and at times hauntingly honest, but it’s a journey that the boys feel compelled to share. Through their latest release, Pause Applause intend on using their music as a platform to shed some more light on the often misunderstood topic of depression.
The first EP titled ‘Alive I’ will be released internationally for free download on the 3rd of July 2014 at www.pauseapplause.com just in time for the European summer and features the Video Single ‘Alive.’ 2014 is set to see Pause Applause emerge as the newcomers to watch, with shows spanning across Germany including support for Canadian indie rock chart toppers Arkells, as part of their European Tour.
“A refreshing fit, remaining loyal to the art of genuine song writing.” – Indiemusicreviewer.com