TRACK PREMIERE: THE PANDORAS “IT’S GETTING HARDER ALL THE TIME”
The Pandoras were one of the great L.A. rock bands—four wild-eyed 60s-punk cavegirls with ripping riffs stripped outta then-unknown garage 45s, all backing the animal-style vocals of lead growler Paula Pierce, who passed away in 1991. (Representative video here!) But in 2015 the Muffs’ Kim Shattuck—a Pandoras member who started in the mid-80s—was at the front of a Pandoras reunion for the 2015 Burger Boogaloo, and the wild welcome there inspired them to get back together—with Melanie Vammen, Karen Basset and Hillary Burton—and record this brand new EP, which includes both Pierce originals and covers, too—like this bubblegummy take on the Mindbenders’ “It’s Getting Harder All The Time.” Hey! It’s The Pandoras will be out on Burger on Fri., Mar. 23, and you can pre-order here! Full press release below.
“It’s Getting Harder All The Time”
Hey! It’s The Pandoras (2018)
LP/CD/CS out 3/23/18
PRE-ORDER NOW: bit.ly/heypandoras
The Pandoras emerge from the garage after closing the cave door in 1991—The Pandoras, a band best known for its 1960s garage-rock-inspired songs and attitude, are back after a 25-year hiatus. After a vibrant Facebook group revealed a feisty underground fanbase, The Pandoras got together to hang out and jam. One thing led to another, and they realized they could put on an amazing live show. The band had a successful headlining tour in Europe in 2015 and more recently, played shows with The Bangles and Flamin’ Groovies. Although The Pandoras’ lead singer/songwriter, Paula Pierce, died of an aneurysm in 1991, her music, bandmates, and fans are carrying on her legacy. Here are the Pandoras:
Melanie Vammen (The Pandoras, The Muffs, The Leaving Trains): On Vox organ, harmonica, tambourine, and backing vocals
Karen Basset (The Pandoras, The Rebel Pebbles): Taking over on bass and harmony vocals
Hillary Burton (The Pandoras, honeychain): Drums and backing vocals
The band has recorded an EP’s worth of Pierce-penned songs and covers; it was produced by Kim Shattuck and engineered by Grammy-award-winning Chris Dugan. The EP is being released on March 23, 2018 on Burger Records.