Presenting their own brand of combustible hardcore, Pangea place a good deal of passion, depth, and sheer all-out aggression into their music. Signed to Hotfoot Records, their debut for the label Hollow Hearts clearly demonstrates a band whose lyrics and music are anything but empty. Driving and intensive, Hollow Hearts is sure to gain Pangea a good deal of attention well beyond their New Hampshire home state. Here is an interview we conducted with one of the Pangea members to find out more about this dynamic band on the rise…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Pangea, and how long the band has been together.
My name is Andrew and I do vocals for Pangea. I joined the band about 2 years ago but Pangea has been a band since 2008. When I joined we completely revamped the sound of the band and went through a few member changes to end up with the lineup we have today.
Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We are based out of Southern New Hampshire, Northern Massachusetts area. The NH music scene is slowly dying out, but the scene in MA is doing pretty well. As far as local bands goes I would have to say check out: My Fictions, Aviator, Conflicted, Longshot, We Are the Vulture.
Is there any story or overall concept behind the CD title Hollow Hearts?
The majority of Hollow Hearts was written about people in our lives and past experiences.
Please select two songs from Hollow Hearts and what inspired the lyrics.
Well the title pretty much tells you the main theme of the song but “Years Wasted” is basically about that. Having spent a lot of time on something just to have it be wasted and mean nothing. Brainwashed is about how our generation loves to follow all the trends and be accepted for someone they aren’t. What inspired the lyrics for this song was being fed up with the fact that no one thinks for themselves anymore. How everyone is doing things these days just to seem cool when really its all an act.
How did you cooperation with Hotfoot Records come about?
Well for me personally I’ve always liked a lot of the bands Hotfoot has put out and thought it would be a good idea to try to work with them somehow. We all agreed that it would be good for us at that point in time and decided to go for it.
What could one expect from a live Pangea show?
Our live set is pretty energetic and fast paced. We play the same whether there is 5 people there or 300 people there.
Has Pangea ever played in the Los Angeles area or plan to do so in the future?
We have never actually played in LA before. We would love to make it out there at some point!
What kind of touring have you done in the past and do you have any unusual stories from the road you could share?
We have done a bunch of weekend tours around New England with bands over the past year and have longer touring plans for the future.
Are you or any of the other Pangea members involved with any other bands or projects?
Not really, but our bass player is in a side project band called Plague Survivors.
What was your favorite CD of 2011 and why?
That’s a tough question because there were a few CDs that really stuck out for me personally this year. “Separation” by Balance and Composure, “Killing Time” by Bayside and “Under Soil and Dirt” by The Story So Far.
What’s up next for Pangea in the New Year?
We hope to put out another release in 2012 and do some touring so be on the look out.
Any final words of wisdom?
Listen to Old Wounds and get weird.
Andrew McKenney- Vocals
Casey Nealon – Guitar/Vocals
Andy Pagliuca – Guitar
Matthew Willwerth – Bass/Vocals
Jarrett Polcari – Drums
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
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