Album Review

Pangea – “Living Dummy” – [Burger Records]

Thurston Hunger   7/11/2012   12-inch, A Library

Ah, the joy of a simple well-cooked Burger!
Juicy riffs, cripy guitars on the outside,
raw vocals on the inside. This album tastes
like summer at the community pool. Punk
popsicles melting in the Southern California
sun. Vocalist William Keegan has such a great
voice for this, is he angry or crying? Both!
Erik Jimenez takes a big drumming approach to
these little songs, with huge reward. Whenever
he gets a chance he just whips the crap out
of his kit. Bassist Danny Bengston lends
wingman support via his goofball backing vox
(some times barbershoppy, sometimes falsetto)
always driving home the vibe of the stupid fun
of youth. With riotous apologies to Grrrrls, I
suspect it helps that there are four guys here.
Alone. Making mix tapes for each other when one
of them has to work late and so band practice
is cancelled. Not sure “Too Drunk to Come”
gets made otherwise. If John Waters were to
remake “Ridgmont High” this is the band playing
at the prom. “Haunted” is the slow dance. Hell on
the chorus of “Summertime” they almost turn into
a TV cartoon. I like to pretend that “Night of
the Living Dummy” is a love song to a girl zombie.
Side A alone should make most zombies smile.

-Thurston Hunger

PS I’d heard of Pangaea before, but interesting urban dictionary definitions, I’m thinking these guys are more about #2 than #5…

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