Equally Raw And Lush
So you don't like guitar solos? Well, it's not that there are no guitar solos on Australian band Pangolin Band's progressive CD TRB. it's just that they are not about guitar solos, using the six-string to deliver Allan Holdsworth-style chords, Shoegazer thunder, space country fills and ambient metal rhythms. So what does that all mean? It means the band can move from the delicate to the thunderous, and from spaciousness to jazzy clatter, and from rawness to lushness, sometimes stopping at points in between. Still confused? Good, then perhaps what we have here is a band clever enough to carve out an aural space not inhabited by a hundred other bands. Guitarist Paul Hughan is one of the principals of this outfit, and if your curiosity has been aroused, check out what's happening Down Under.
Pangolin Band came together in 2002 in Melbourne, Australia. The band consists of Paul Hughan (guitar), Barry Mason (drums), and Gerrit Thomson (bass). Paul Hughan has followed a long and winding musical path, having been classically trained (a Bachelor of Music from Melbourne University) and who's made a living as a guitar teacher, but his main focus has always been electric music. He has worked with a country-rock band, with acoustic Soul-Blues band Mink, (which performed as support for people such as Chris Wilson, Joe Camilleri and Geoff Achison), and with power-pop band Zentaxis. At one time he focused on playing solo guitar, with a repertoire from players such as Leo Kottke, Pierre Bensusan and Bert Jansch, and recently arranged music and performed for a Flamenco version of Carmen. This band, however, represents for him a chance to bring all his interests together in one powerful alloy. He approaches the electric guitar as a pool of complex possibilities, from classical style counterpoint to Flamenco drive to bluesy wail to pure sound.
Pangolin Band continues to pursue airplay, sales outlets and other promotional outlets for their debut CD.
32 Bella Vista Rd.
Glen Iris 3146
Web site: www.pangolinband.com
Kick Axe Outerspace Rock
If you artificially, temporarily and safely lower your testosterone levels, you may be able to make it past the photos of gorgeous lead singer (Lori Geib, AKA Lil), actually open the CD and play the music - then you'll be treated to the kick axe outerspace rock sounds of Plastron, on their second release Enchanted Evening, on the Master Beta label. Based in the great state of Pennsylvania, guitarist Rich Carter and bassist Geoff Pawlikowsko keep the alt-radio-friendly music guitar-driven, although bereft of solos. Tracks such as "Blast" offer unquenchable surf energy and '60s sitcom style breaks. "El Gato" will leave you begging at Lil's scratching post, while "Electric Box" gives the twistedly imaginative listener plenty to 'grapple with'. "Rocktopus" is an ear-bending tune that serves as ideal foreplay before you "Blast" your "Pinazz" some "Enchanted Evening". This is an unpredictably fun band... now, back to Lil...
Lead guitarist Rich Carter has been playing clubs and venues in various styles of original bands for 15 years. He's played for audiences ranging from thousands to just five people (including the bartender). Rich relates, "I think my musical/guitar style evolved around the concept of always trying to win over a new audience that has never heard us before and most likely could care less. To win over a crowd in a completely jaded NYC club to really need to offer something different and give it at least 110%. When writing I unintentionally keep a live audience in mind, and audience that stays focused on the music and not drifting off to the bar mid-song. I try to keep things interesting and evolving - each song is a short musical story with an intro, a plot, and maybe a big grand finale!"
Check out the photo gallery at Plastron's web site for more of Lil, who does more for the Girl Scouts than Tagalongs and Thin Mints ever did (oh, to be a Plastron). Plaston continues to surprise and gain new fans with every encounter.
613 Lorraine Ave.
Oreland, PA 19075
Web site: www.plastron.org