Thursday 30 May 2013

Pan - Baton

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This one's a pleasant surprise. We weren't aware of Pan before now, even though they already have a debut album out and a new EP in the oven. New single 'Baton' will be on this EP and is an instrumental track that throws in a few surprises. Opening with some sharp drumming and pretty routine guitars, they even manage to make this sound like an indie classic-in-waiting, but there's more to come, and being an instrumental it's not in the melody and it's not in the chorus. Because there isn't one. No, the guitars gradually get a bit more cutting and the drums a bit more frantic.

Then in the middle of it all they sling in some crazy fret-work that probably wouldn't sound out of place on an '80s hard-rock track. Then they introduce some violin/fiddle that briefly makes the song sound like some kind of twisted, futuristic country track. And then it ends. Using the word "unconventional" would be hitting the nail bang on the head, and it makes us wonder what else these guys have in store on the new EP. More clues may be found upon listening to their first album, and handily you can find that streaming from their website below.

Pan's website

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Catch them live:

June 6, 2013 The Cave- Chapel Hill, NC
June 7, 2013 The Fire- Philadelphia, PA
June 8, 2013 House Show- Brooklyn, NY
June 9, 2013 Arlene\'s Grocery- New York, NY
June 10, 2013 The Parkside- New York, NY
June 11, 2013 House show- Boston, MA
June 18, 2013 The Bridge- Columbia, MO
June 19, 2013 The Sound Pony- Tulsa, OK
June 21, 2013 Hole in the Wall- Austin, TX
June 22, 2013 502 Bar- San Antonio, TX
June 23, 2013 Super Happy Fun Land- Houston, TX
June 25, 2013 Alabama Music Box- Mobile, AL
June 27, 2013 Mockingbird- Tallahassee, FLA w/ Zulu Wave, Baet
June 28, 2013 Cock & Bull- Sarasota, FLA
June 29, 2013 South Street Naples- Naples, FLA
July 5, 2013 Peacock Room- Orlando, FLA
July 7, 2013 Burro Bar- Jacksonville, FLA w/ Zulu Wave, Phenumology
July 8, 2013 Tin Roof- Charleston, SC
July 10, 2013 Radio Room- Greenville, SC
July 11, 2013 The Honest Pint- Chattanooga, TN
July 13, 2013 Preservation Pub- Knoxville, TN
July 15, 2013 The Saloon, NC Music Factory- Charlotte, NC
July 27, 2013 Recess Fest- Charlotte, NC

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