photo by Michael Graef 

photo by Michael Graef 

A balding neurotic, a disabled music-school dropout, and a diabetic martial artist: Pale People is Missoula, MT’s answer to the question, “How loud can piano rock get?” Led by Mack Gilcrest (piano, vocals), their songs range from soft confessionals to howling rants about the lonely and insane. Kurt Skrivseth (bass, guitar) brings a commanding slap-bass style reminiscent of Rush and the Chili Peppers. Austin Graef (drums, percussion) is a jazz drummer who prefers to rock and refuses to waltz. Listening to Pale People is cheaper than therapy.


Mack gilcrest - piano and vocals
(2015-present)

photo by Michael Graef Born in Eugene, Oregon, Mack Gilcrest now lives and operates in Missoula, Montana. He began playing piano at age 6; percussion at age 10; composing music at age 12. Having studied classical composition and percussion performance at the University of Montana, he then took a drastic turn towards piano rock with two friends from the same school—the result of which is the band before you now. His songs deal with erectile dysfunction, violence, the mentally ill, the tiny ways in which modern media warps us, taking one’s clothes off, general paranoia, improbable joy, and putting the FUN back in FUNeral. His personal interests include marinara sauce, Patti Smith, birch trees, the daily battle to remain a person, and you.

photo by Michael Graef

Born in Eugene, Oregon, Mack Gilcrest now lives and operates in Missoula, Montana. He began playing piano at age 6; percussion at age 10; composing music at age 12. Having studied classical composition and percussion performance at the University of Montana, he then took a drastic turn towards piano rock with two friends from the same school—the result of which is the band before you now. His songs deal with erectile dysfunction, violence, the mentally ill, the tiny ways in which modern media warps us, taking one’s clothes off, general paranoia, improbable joy, and putting the FUN back in FUNeral. His personal interests include marinara sauce, Patti Smith, birch trees, the daily battle to remain a person, and you.


KURT SKRIVSETH - BASS AND GUITAR
(2015-PRESENT)

photo by Michael Graef Kurt Skrivseth was born and raised in Missoula, MT.  He started playing guitar at 15, began rebelling against his angst ridden suburban urges and at 16 picked up the bass (his first true love).   After jamming locally with a myriad of individuals for a couple years, Kurt studied composition at the University of Montana.  While delving into the jazz department, he sprouted a friendship with Mack Gilcrest .  He has a heavily publicized love of cheese and dachshunds that love cheese.

photo by Michael Graef

Kurt Skrivseth was born and raised in Missoula, MT.  He started playing guitar at 15, began rebelling against his angst ridden suburban urges and at 16 picked up the bass (his first true love).   After jamming locally with a myriad of individuals for a couple years, Kurt studied composition at the University of Montana.  While delving into the jazz department, he sprouted a friendship with Mack Gilcrest .  He has a heavily publicized love of cheese and dachshunds that love cheese.


austin graef - DRUMS AND PERCUSSION
(2016-present)


photo by Michael Graef Born in Tampa, Florida, but raised in Missoula, Austin Graef discovered the world of drumming at the age of ten. A former student of both the University of Montana and Carroll College, Austin abandoned his pursuit of a degree in Political Science for a less corrupt and more rewarding life as a barista and a musician. He is known to find joy in kick-punching, poetry, and very small rocks.

photo by Michael Graef

Born in Tampa, Florida, but raised in Missoula, Austin Graef discovered the world of drumming at the age of ten. A former student of both the University of Montana and Carroll College, Austin abandoned his pursuit of a degree in Political Science for a less corrupt and more rewarding life as a barista and a musician. He is known to find joy in kick-punching, poetry, and very small rocks.