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Pela's frontman Billy McCarthy was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California and dropped out of high school at age 16, after which he played in failed bands up and down the west coast, later moving overseas to Europe to make a living as a subway busker. He worked in 10 countries, most of which would have him only long enough to pay for one-way tickets to the next city. (During this tour of duty he attempted to play… read more

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  • loved them!
  • very very cool sound:)
  • @jeffradick what are you on about? just like you can prefer a certain album to another album by the same band and so on, you can prefer AUGUSTINES to Pela aswell. both great groups with a similar sound. i personally prefer AUGUSTINES. Never knew i was crazy.
  • To anyone who says they prefer Pela to We Are Augustines you're crazy, it's the same, absolutely was the same sound, maybe you prefer Anytown to RYSS. Almost all the songs on RYSS are Pela songs, aside from Book of James which wasn't ever recorded or played as a Pela song but is a masterpiece. Billy is Billy and Billy was Pela. Before We are Augustines you could watch Pela on youtube playing almost every song on RYSS, most have been removed though. Here's a link to Juarez though by PELA, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOSneLsJp88
  • i am officially in love with them!!!!!!!! :D
  • awesome band!
  • !! The Trouble with River Cities !!
  • Anytown Graffiti is such a fantastic album. I wish these guys hadn't split. I prefer this sound over We are Augustines.
  • still awesome.
  • anytown graffiti is still awesome.

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