The Pale Release New Recording of their Classic ‘Butterfly’

September 28, 2021

Irish music legends The Pale release a brand-new recording of their 1992 classic hit single ‘Butterfly (2021)’ which is set for release on Friday October 15th.

This is the second single to be taken from the band’s upcoming 13 track best of compilation album entitled ‘Paleanthology’ The album will be released on CD and on all Digital platforms on Friday October 22nd and will soon be followed by a Limited-edition coloured Vinyl pressing. 

‘Butterfly (2021)’ was recorded and mixed by Ber Quinn (John Grant, The Divine Comedy, The Villagers) at Dublin’s Sonic Studios, and was especially recorded for their new career retrospective.

Originally released in 1992, ‘Butterfly’ reached number 16 in the Irish charts and has become the Pale’s most renowned song and a huge favourite at their legendary live shows.

“Ireland in the 80’s felt like a country that would soon be completely emptied of all its young people. Like butterflies in full bloom leaving the chrysalis and migrating to more bountiful climes. A generation that discontinued the trades of its parents and built their lives independently from the ground up. ‘Butterfly’ is a celebration and recognition of that entrepreneurial spirit” – Matthew Devereux

The Pale will be back on the road to promote the release of ‘Paleanthology’ with the band joining fellow Indie giants Sack for a special one-off show at Opium, Dublin on Saturday, October 9th before headlining shows at Whelans on Thursday, November 25th and Kavanaghs in Portlaoise on Friday, November 26th. And finally finishing out the year in Mullingar’s legendary venue The Stables on Saturday, December 4th.

‘Butterfly (2021)’ will be available to download on the Pale’s Bandcamp page at, and available to stream on all digital platforms from October 15th.

‘Paleanthology’ will be available on CD, Digital Download and on all streaming platforms from October 22nd, with the Coloured vinyl edition to follow soon after.

The Pale formed on Dublin’s Northside in 1990 but drew their influences from far beyond. At the time the band were part of the burgeoning busking scene on Dublin’s Grafton street, before advancing to performing across Irelands many music venues and attracting the attention of a large quantity of record labels all extremely eager to sign them. 

They released their debut album ‘Here’s One We Made Earlier’ in 1992 which featured the hits ‘Butterfly’ and ‘Dogs With No Tails’ followed by tours way off the beaten path in Russia, Japan, Eastern Europe as well as time spent touring with an alternative circus, constantly perfecting their energetic live show that the band has become well known for. While they continued to release a string of albums that effortlessly skip between style and genres, all the while retaining a strong lyrical focus.

2019 saw them release the critically acclaimed album ‘Merciful Hour’, Followed by shows across Ireland to promote their new album, as well as numerous festival appearances including closing out the Friday night of Feile 19 in Tipperary. while November 2019 saw their hit single ‘Dogs With No Tails’ being featured in Season 2 of the BBC hit series ‘The Young Offenders’.

While recently the band celebrated 30 years in the music industry and returned to the UK for the first time in many years for a short tour, and plan on returning to the UK and Europe in 2022.

Tour dates:

Saturday, October 9th – Opium, Dublin (With Sack)

Thursday, November 25th – Whelans, Dublin

Friday, November 26th – Kavanaghs, Portlaoise

Saturday, December 4th – The Stables, Smiddy’s Bar, Mullingar

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