Together Pangea brings blend of surf, punk and garage rock to Cellar Door
VISALIA – In today’s ever changing landscape of rock music, it’s hard to describe bands based on genre, style or rhythm. Those bands without a category invariably fall into the indie rock discussion. And one of the best and not being any one thing but still rooted in rock and roll is Together Pangea.
Formed in 2009 in Santa Clarita, Calif., Together Pangea (stylized “together PANGEA”) is continuation of longtime friendship between frontman William Keegan, bass player Danny Bengston and a near instant connection with drummer Erik Jimenez while all three were attending CalArts in the Los Angeles area. The band later added Roland Cosio on guitar and quickly became one of the hottest indie bands in Southern California.
The albums range from classic surf rock to 1980s punk rock but all with an early ’90s garage band sound. The band’s in-your-face lyrics and up tempo beats are tempered by mello guitar playing. They are known for their all-ages concerts where adolescent angst and awkwardness converge with college-aged social anxiety and explode into a relentless beat and irreverent lyrics.
The band released their debut record “Jelly Jam” in 2010 via Lost Sound Tapes. Living Dummy, the group’s second full-length album was released in 2011 by the Burger Records label. Following the release of the album, they went on their first national tour, dubbed the Burgerama Caravan of Stars, which saw them share the stage with other up-and-coming indie bands such as Gap Dream, Cosmonauts, The Resonars, and Curtis Harding.
In 2014, Together Pangea’s third full length album was released through Harvest Records. Titled “Badillac,” MTV called it one of the most anticipated indie releases of 2014. The band will perform at 9 p.m. this Friday, March 16 at the Cellar Door, 101 W. Main St. in Visalia. Admission is $10. For more information, visit cellardoor101.com.