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FROM BLUE NAVY TO PALLOR: THE SHADES OF JAKE DRYZAL

By BRUCE SIWY
bruces@dailyamerican.com

He’s writing and producing albums like a career musician. It’s a good start for someone who can’t yet legally drive.

Fascinated with rock ‘n’ roll since he was 7 years old, Jake Dryzal is dreaming big to make his passion his livelihood someday.

The 15-year-old Windber resident has worked the past five months to write
and record his first album under the Pallor moniker, a project he described as an experimental combination of acoustic, punk rock and heavy metal music.

“I love making music because it’s just a way to show how I feel,” he said. “And I want other people who feel the same way to appreciate it.”

Dryzal — son of Dan and Jodi Dryzal, and brother to Dana and Bradley Dryzal — has been playing guitar since he was 8 and writing music since he was 10. He is a former student of the Greater Johnstown School of Music.

For about three years he was recording under the name Blue Navy, performing at venues including Ace’s and Woodside Bar & Grill. He said he gave his new musical project a new name because the songs were a little angrier, comparing the sound to bands such as My Bloody Valentine, Suicide and American Football.

“Blue Navy is a lot softer, sad and slower in pace,” he said. “Both (projects) dealt with things I wanted to happen in life, but never came to me.”

Most of the drumming for the Pallor album was done by 20-year-old Richland Township resident Kevin Pribulsky using Acoustica Beatcraft software. There are “live” drums on only one track.

To record the guitar and bass parts for the album, Dryzal used a simple flip camcorder. He played mostly a Fender Stratocaster through a Marshall, employing mostly alternative tunings, calling them simpler and more distinctive than standard.

He said he enjoyed the experience, and hopes to grow as a musician, aspiring to eventually earn a music degree in college.

“Follow your heart,” he said. “Write what you want to write about and it will turn out amazing.”

Pallor

Self-titled, Eight tracks, 60 minutes, No label

In Pallor’s self-titled debut, Jake Dryzal shows that even heartbreak can be a beautiful thing.

The Windber teen’s thematically melancholy release combines the deadpan, achingly earnest vocal delivery of ‘80s art rock with lo-fi drum machine and acoustic sounds of ‘90s industrial. Though maybe not a concept album, the music is painted with poetry centered on themes of loss
and reverie.

Dryzal shows a real knack for building musical drama and ambiance, taking a measured, minimalist approach
that would lend well to movie soundtracks. His songwriting style takes a principled turn against the grain of “radio rock,” often dropping into self-absorbed stretches of moody instrumentalism.

It’s worth noting that Dryzal, at 15, is still too young to drive a car. With the type of vision he demonstrates on the Pallor release, it will be interesting to see how he progresses musically over the next several years.

-@BruceJSiwy