Departing from the raucous, arguably coarser tunes in The Phage and Badillac, together PANGEA have released a softer and sunnier track in the form of Money On It. The band have expressed that in their old age “[we are] a little more positive than we used to be” and that they wanted their upcoming album, Bulls and Roosters, to reflect this change.
Since the early days of their debut record, Jelly Jam, the band have since released three full-length albums, including Living Dummy (released through Burger Records), following which they started performing with the likes of Ty Segall, WAVVES and The Black Lips. Following this was the release of Badillac (released through Harvest Records), a highly energetic and classic indie-rock album which arguably cemented them as one of the most vibrant and dynamic indie bands we have around today.
They have an incredibly extensive tour planned, lighting up the U.S.A and Europe with their two new singles, Money On It and Better Find Out before their fourth album drops on August 25th. Better Find Out is unabashed garage rock packed into one-minute and forty seconds – an appropriate teaser track after their two-year absence – and a sweet, 80s-inspired music video that summarises their erraticism and cheeky blend of old-fashioned vibes with new-age moodiness.
Compared to Better Find Out, it’s hard not to be reminded of peak Rolling Stones when Money On It opens, as the guitar-heavy ballad bounces along comfortably and the gentle percussion contrasts Keegan’s distinctively bracing voice. It is instantly clear that Money On It marks a new and exciting direction for together PANGEA – and while the lyrics are not “exactly positive”, they are tentatively more optimistic than earlier albums:
“I put my money on it / I put my money on you / We can talk until we talk it out/ Or we can work until, yeah baby, until we work it out.”
Get your hearts and souls ready for Bulls and Roosters, dropping in late-August – but until then, revisit together PANGEA‘s catalogue of garage rock jams on their bandcamp or on Spotify, and keep an eye on their website to see what else they get up to in the meantime.