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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.

INWEEKLY: Where does your style/sound come from?
KUPFER: We each have our own unique approaches to style and strong structure, which is great for giving songs different perspectives within themselves. We can usually anticipate that a song will rarely end up sounding anything like its initial demo did. The trick is in making those distinct styles as seamless and cohesive as possible.

INWEEKLY: How is the new album coming?
KUPFER: We’ll be releasing the new album in February. I think in a lot of ways it’s the album that our first one was attempting to be. It lives in the same “indierocktronica” neighborhood, but the bipolar spectrum of slow and moody to frenetic insanity is that much more exaggerated.

INWEEKLY: Since your first record, how do you think you have changed as a band?
KUPFER: We’ve come a long way in embracing the unexpected directions that a song narrative can take when filtered through each member. The newer material benefits from being a little less precious with each song’s original composition. We also have more gear and expensive custom earplugs.

INWEEKLY: How often are you on tour and do you enjoy being on the road?
TOUGH: Touring is great. More times than not, it feels like a progression. Like we’re unlocking levels and getting closer and closer to saving Princess Toadstool or something. We’ve been doing some small runs here and there to stay active, but we hope to be out as much as our bodies will allow us to next year when the record comes out.

INWEEKLY: What was it like doing a Tiny Desk submission?
KUPFER: It was something we decided to do last minute, since we love the sessions, but really didn’t think we were the type of band usually associated with the show. We realized we had a tiny desk on hand so we threw the video together, and it actually gave us an excuse to try out a fun new synchronized lighting setup that we’ve been using for live shows ever since.

INWEEKLY: What’s in the future for you guys?
TOUGH: Hopefully, a balance of sleep and touring and meeting all of the dogs.

THE PAUSES
WHAT: Five-Eight with The Pauses and Dinosaur Daze
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14
WHERE: Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox
COST: $10
DETAILS: vinylmusichall.com