New L.A. trio togetherPANGEA make their UK debut with the release of E.P. ‘Sick Shit’coming out 5th May on Harvest/Island Records (digitallyavailable from 7th April). After dates alongside a veritable who’s-who oflike-minded rockers, including Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin, Wavves, and TheBlack Lips (not to mention 2013’s notorious “Burgerama Caravan of Stars” UStour) together PANGEA bring the party to the Europe for a string of headlinedates this June.
together PANGEA do rock ‘n’ roll as it wasmeant to be – raw, unpredictable, and probably dangerous, but also blazing withintelligence, emotion, and edgy experimentation. The volcanic riffs and massivemelodies are matched by an equally provocative lyrical stance, they cast anacerbic eye over the wreckage of the party they helped start – it’s 3am and thedrunken fun has given way to sexual panic, anxiety and self-doubt. Slightlystoned but by no means slack.
Frontman William Keeganfirst started writing and recording in his Santa Clarita bedroom, his teenagetapes eventually coming to full flower with the aid of bassist DannyBengston and drummer Erik Jimenez. Known then simply as Pangea, theband played countless beer blasts in and around CalArts, their boozy mayhem andbreakneck pop hooks quickly earning them frenzied crowds throughout theSouthern California DIY scene and beyond. A string of seven-inches, cassettes,and LPs – including releases on Burger Records and The Smell’sOlfactory label and Harvest Records.
Though Keegancites such unexpected heroes as Pete Seeger and 21st Century KRecords artists like Little Wings and the Microphones, he fully fesses up to‘Sick Shit’s’ most primal inspirations. Songs like ‘Snakedog’ and ‘AllCreation’ fuse classic post punk ambivalence with fist-pumping stadium rock,their neurotic hooks, throat-rending vocals, and fat, distorted riffshearkening back to the glory days of the alternative nation.
There’saggression and swagger laced throughout together PANGEA’S songs, teamed a realand relatable angst and fragile human sadness. Like any angst-ridden tunesmithworth his salt, Keegan also directs his gaze inwards, coming to turns with hisown cynical view of relationships on songs like the mordant ‘Offer,’ itscracked melodies and jaundiced skepticism fueled by his recent romanticstruggles.
The break through act fromSXSW 2014 and hotly tipped by Rolling Stone you can expect to hear a lotmore this year from together PANGEA.