TOGETHER PANGEA: BULLS AND ROOSTERS

August 23rd, 2017 | Album reviews

together PANGEA
Bulls And Roosters
Nettwerk

It might be hard to believe, but L.A.’s Together Pangea (formerly known as just Pangea) have been around for about a decade now. The band has evolved from wild party punk beginnings and grown into an outfit better placed on the heavier end of indie/alternative rock, although they’ve preserved the rawness, urgency, and spirit that made them so endearing in the first place. The quartet’s latest, Bulls And Roosters, sees Together Pangea digging deep and further refining the earnest, guitar-driven rock and roll sound they locked into with 2014’s Badillac. Collaborating again with engineer/producer Andrew Schubert—with mixing help from Chris Coady—the recordings here capture the band at their tightest and most comfortable, and they’re absolutely swinging for the fences with their songwriting. They cover a lot of ground on the record, varying styles from clean and classic power-pop to more textured ‘80s guitar tones, but it all works well together. They might not be coming in with the speed and reckless intensity of their earlier material, but the songs still hit incredibly hard, with an emotional depth and vulnerable honesty that a younger, more immature Pangea just couldn’t achieve.

—Simon Weedn

TOGETHER PANGEA’S BULLS AND ROOSTERS IS OUT FRI., AUG. 25, ON NETTWERK.