Desperate songs about addiction, isolation, hope, murder, sex, and Mexico. In spite of the dark subject matter the songs are quite catchy, setting Billy's plaintive cries over a bed of wide-horizon rock and roll. Features Bryan Devendorf of The National on the EP's title track.
SALON.COM (Internet): The latest from the consistently excellent Brassland label is All in Time, the debut EP by Brooklyn, N.Y., band Pela. I get a really good feeling about this band - long on skills and passion, short on posturing, and with songs full of stealth hooks which...reveal their majesty on repeated listens.
OHMYROCKNESS.COM (Internet): This band...have all the makings for a sizable following - catchy power hooks, a singer who can actually sing, and well-written words of desperation...good enough to headline Bowery themselves very, very soon.
*SIXEYES (Internet): If Coldplay's Chris Martin lived on the street for a year, smoked a pack a day, and didn't have a knack for spewing forth the pap that radio programmers salivate for - he could sound and write like Billy Swanson. But now that Pela and Billy are here, that dream can die a happy death.
The band's debut recording, the EP All In Time, is a rich primer for what this band will deliver when they give us a full length. Pela is an addiction, one which upon first listen you don't realize you need, and then one you are sure to realize you crave.