After two LPs, one EP, one seven inch and two years, Pants Yell continues to grow through the relatively new medium of CD-R labels and the power of word-of-mouth. Pants Yell is a group that needs to be heard. If you haven't had the chance to listen to them yet, get a feel for the people that make the music.
RMR: Maybe a little introduction is needed. Why don't you all tell us a little bit about the members of Pants Yell
Andrew: Carly (drums), Sterling (bass) and I (Andrew-guitar) are all residents of Boston where we met at the Massachusetts College of Art. We've been playing music together for the past two years.
A: Summer was very busy but a lot of fun. Carly and Sterling graduated in May, and we all work day jobs of course; retail at a bookstore, record shop, picture frame shop, and Saks Fifth Avenue respectively.
We're always playing live so that didn't change. Most notably we were asked to open for Cass McCombs which was amazing and we had our little tour, which was really, really great. We only did 8 shows in a row: Albany, NY/ NYC/ Philadelphia / Bethlehem, PA /Arlington,VA / Wilkes-Barre, PA / Pittsburgh and Detroit, but it was still exciting for us.
In the fall I finish up school but the band continues on. We have a bunch of new songs to record which will enable us to put the finishing touches on the next full length. We have a couple shows in November with Casiotone for the Painfully Alone and Dear Nora that
A: We got involved with Asaurus by sending them a little demo cd a couple of years ago. CD-Rs are really inexpensive and easy way to produce music, but sometimes that (like '90s home tape labels) allows any kid with a guitar to write songs that are usually quite bad and unleash them onto the "public" which isn't so useful to underground music. Meaning it kind of gives cdrs a novice/ amateur name, but not necessarily.
RMR: You guys are the definition of sweet, pop rock in its most pure, unadulterated form. Have any bigger labels noticed Pants Yell yet?
A: I don't know about the sweet pop rock tag, but once someone from Mercury Records e-mailed us asking for our demo cdr that was at the time featured in Careless Talk Costs Lives. The inquiry struck me as more silly than anything.
RMR: According to your website, your latest release, '83 in '05, is available in
A: the 7" is available through the great Unpopular Records mail-order catalog, which is run by the same people who do the equally fantastic Tangents e-zine, who have been very kind and supportive of us. We get a lot of e-mails from people throughout Europe and from what Iím told we get a fair amount of European mail-order, but I don't think we'd consider ourselves very popular there (or in the US!)
A: Well, the whole song is about Alan McGee and Creation Records. The title of the 7" " '83 in '05" is a play on " '73 in '83" by the Legend! which was the first release on Creation. Certain parts of the song are sung from Alan McGee's perspective, such as the line you pointed out. He's lamenting about the way MBV and Kevin Shields drove him into mental instability and bankruptcy.
RMR: Any new LPs or collaborations in the works?
RMR: Hey thanks for your time Andrew, best of luck to you and your bandmates in the future!
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