PANSY – ” Pansy “

Posted: June 1, 2021 in MUSIC

Pansy is the brainchild of Mat Hagger and has expanded into a four piece band compromised of Mat Hagger (Vocals/Guitar), Benjamin Abid (Bass), Danny Sein (Lead Guitar), and Cameron Frank (Drums).

What started as the brainchild of songwriter Mat Hagger, Pansy has subsequently morphed into the current four-piece band. Originally hailing from Grand Rapids, Michigan, the band are now split between Detroit and Chicago. Back in the Summer of 2019, Pansy convened for just three days and worked quickly to lay down the six tracks that make up their self-titled EP, which two years on saw the light of day earlier this month.

Although all 6 tracks were recorded in a mere 3 days, the band seems to have already found their stride with their debut EP, set to be released April 2021.

The Pansy album opens with a bang on the brilliant “I Wanna Dissolve“. Sliding in on a languid bass line, the track is punctuated by bright slacker-rock tinged guitars and warm swells of harmonious vocals, before bursting into the crescendo of noise that serves as an outro. Elsewhere on the record, “Buried” is a delicious amalgam of the distorted and the dreamy, reminiscent of Sun June or Forth Wanderers, while the wiry guitars of “Pity Party” dial up the grungy vibes to thrilling new levels. The highlight arrives on the record’s closing track, “Not Around“, a frenetic five-minute tumble of ragged guitars and moody drums, that ends with an anguished howl as Mat’s vocal is engulfed in a wall of visceral sound. It might have taken two years to arrive, but Pansy’s debut is well worth the wait, with new material apparently coming on the horizon, Pansy are one of Michigan’s best new bands.

released April 2nd, 2021

The Band:

VOX/GTR- Mat Hagger
BASS- Ben Abid
LEAD GTR- Danny Sein

Recorded in the summer of 2019 in an unfurnished basement off Kalamazoo Ave in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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