Pensacola, Florida
Monday August 20th 2018


Put it on Pause(s)

By Shelby Nalepa

Self-professed “indierocktronica” band The Pauses, a trio from Orlando with a witty frontwoman and an affinity for dogs, will be playing at Vinyl Music Hall Saturday night.

Tierney Tough and Jason Kupfer initially started the project in 2009 after meeting on LiveJournal, adding drummer Nathan Chase later on.

Being in the Orlando indie scene for a few years now, The Pauses are known for their live interactive media show called Interact-O-Vision, which allows audience members to control the lights and visuals during their show. Rooted in the dynamics of ‘90s indie rock, the trio is working on a follow-up to their debut album “A Cautionary Tale” which will be out in February.

INWEEKLY: How did you all meet and start playing together? Have you played in other bands before?
TOUGH: Jason and I met in an Adult Swim fan group on LiveJournal in the early 00s. He used to prank IM me on AOL under the screen name “Free Horsey Rides.” I thought he was funny and so I asked him to come up from South Florida to Orlando to try out for the band I was in at the time. He was a great addition, but that band only lasted for a few years until our singer moved away. It was sort of a blow to us, so we both moved on to school for film (him) and design (me), but kept in touch by sending music pieces back and forth to each other. We eventually had a few songs and realized that our polar opposite styles of songwriting complemented each other’s so well that we should try the band thing out again. Several years and many awkward drummer auditions later, we found Nathan, and have been together ever since.

INWEEKLY: How did you get into singing and playing music?
TOUGH: I took music classes from kindergarten all the way to high school, and somehow got a scholarship to play jazz bass in college, which I didn’t follow through with because I chose to go on tour instead. I didn’t really start writing songs until a few years after that when simultaneously, that band broke up and then my first longtime boyfriend broke up with me. It all hit me pretty hard and so I just went out and bought a fixer-upper Rhodes, put a lot of work and money into it, and just let it consume me. As far as singing goes, I’m pretty sure it was just a natural reaction to hearing The Beatles on the oldies station in my dad’s car as a kid.

INWEEKLY: Are you all from Orlando? What’s the music scene like there?
TOUGH: We were either born here or have spent most of our time here. The music scene is really unique and supportive and is certainly something to boast about.

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