New L.A. trio together PANGEA make their UK debut with the release of E.P. 'Sick Shit' coming out 5th May on Harvest/Island Records (digitally available from 7th April). After dates alongside a veritable who's-who of like-minded rockers, including Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin, Wavves, and The Black Lips (not to mention 2013's notorious "Burgerama Caravan of Stars" US tour) Together Pangea bring the party to the Europe for a string of headline dates this June.
together PANGEA do rock 'n' roll as it was meant to be - raw, unpredictable, and probably dangerous, but also blazing with intelligence, emotion, and edgy experimentation. The volcanic riffs and massive melodies are matched by an equally provocative lyrical stance, they cast an acerbic eye over the wreckage of the party they helped start - it's 3am and the drunken fun has given way to sexual panic, anxiety and self-doubt. Slightly stoned but by no means slack.
Frontman William Keegan first started writing and recording in his Santa Clarita bedroom, his teenage tapes eventually coming to full flower with the aid of bassist Danny Bengston and drummer Erik Jimenez. Known then simply as Pangea, the band played countless beer blasts in and around CalArts, their boozy mayhem and breakneck pop hooks quickly earning them frenzied crowds throughout the Southern California DIY scene and beyond. A string of seven-inches, cassettes, and LPs - including releases on Burger Records and The Smell's Olfactory label and Harvest Records.
Though Keegan cites such unexpected heroes as Pete Seeger and 21st Century K Records artists like Little Wings and the Microphones, he fully fesses up to 'Sick Shit's' most primal inspirations. Songs like 'Snakedog' and 'All Creation' fuse classic post punk ambivalence with fist-pumping stadium rock, their neurotic hooks, throat-rending vocals, and fat, distorted riffs hearkening back to the glory days of the alternative nation.
There's aggression and swagger laced throughout together PANGEA'S songs, teamed a real and relatable angst and fragile human sadness. Like any angst-ridden tunesmith worth his salt, Keegan also directs his gaze inwards, coming to turns with his own cynical view of relationships on songs like the mordant 'Offer,' its cracked melodies and jaundiced skepticism fueled by his recent romantic struggles.
The break through act from SXSW 2014 and hotly tipped by Rolling Stone you can expect to hear a lot more this year from together PANGEA.
1. Sick Shit, 2. Snakedog, 3. Offer, 4. All Creation
EUROPEAN LIVE DATES
23rd May - Paris - Fleche d'OR
24th May - Utrecht - Le Guess Who Festival
25th May - Amsterdam - Bitterzoet
26th May - Nijmegen - Merleyn
27th May - Rotterdam - Rotown
28th May - Groningen - Vera
29th May - Dauwpop Festival - Hellendoorn
31st May - Hamburg - Molotow Bar / Hafenklang
1st June -Copenhagen - Ideal Bar @ Vega
2nd June - Berlin - comet
3rd June - Warsaw - Hydrozagadka
4th June - Poznan - Minoga
6th June - Munich - Storm
7th June - Vienna - Chelsea
8th June - Budapest - GMK
9th June - Padova -Geoxino
10th June - Milano - Carroponte
12th June - Zurich - Exil
13th June - Cologne - MTC
14th June - Antwerp - Kavka
16th June - Glasgow - King Tuts
17th June - Manchester - Soup Kitchen
18th June - Nottingham - Bodega
19th June - London - Old Blue Last
20th June - Liege - Mad Café
21st June - Netherlands - Best Kept Secret
It's Monday morning and my bones hurt. I'm tired, hung-over, and there's a slight ringing in my ears.