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Together Pangea – Bulls and Roosters

Together Pangea – Bulls and Roosters

★★★

Together Pangea – Bulls and Roosters

Together Pangea feel like they’ve found a stride that suits their move forward.

Label: Nettwerk
Released: 25th August 2017

Rating: ★★★

Now on their third full-length, Californian’s Together Pangea are back to show that getting older doesn’t have to mean rebuking what got them here in the first place. Snotty punk that is rife with meaning and earworm melodies, ‘Bulls and Roosters’ takes what they’ve built up so far and gives it a much more focused and forward thinking edge.

The surf vibes are brazen throughout, but they’re twinned with more personal and reflective lyrics; such as ‘Kenmore Ave’ that has references to drug abuse. Together Pangea feel like they’ve found a stride that suits their move forward. The guitars are reverberant and filled with pleasing melodies, while the punk attack of the drums feels nowhere near lost.

Keeping the earnest stylings alive, it feels as if growing up was necessary move so they could stay true to their beginnings, after all, there’s no greater inspiration than growing pains. There’s still a bit of fury left too, ‘Better Find Out’ is panicked with a flurry of distorted vocals, oddly enough prior to ‘Peach’ which has one of the albums dreamier sounding guitar lines – the kind that ring true of the eighties. Striking out at thirteen tracks, there’s a lot of influence and melody – by no means a bad thing. Steven Loftin

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