Alison Statton by Pants Yell! on Apple Music

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

How can you not love a band with the chutzpah to name what is essentially their debut after a singer in an obscure, early post-punk band (2008’s Alison Statton is named for the Young Marble Giants’ singer, Alison Statton)? Boston’s Andrew Churchman (vocals/guitar) and Sterling Bryant (bass) style their songs with a light hand and perhaps an affection for the spare art-pop of YMG, filtered through a more contemporary twee-pop sound. The warm, vintage-organ sounds of opener “More Purple” immediately calls to mind YMG, but the song soon takes on its own personality, with Churchman’s sweet ’n’ sour voice lifted by bright, jangly guitars and melodious horns. There’s a fullness to the trio’s sound, giving their brand of inarguably fey pop a hint of muscle (“Reject Reject,” “Tried to Be Good,” “Shoreham Kent”), but they also deliver willowy, winsome lamentation (“For Dee”) and loads of airy, twinkly pop to shuffle your feet to (“Alison Statton,” “Evan’s Way,” “The Royal We”). “A New City Life” spews enough punky angst from screeching guitars and hammered drums to steer the collection out of any sticky sugar-bog of which you may be leery.

EDITORS’ NOTES

How can you not love a band with the chutzpah to name what is essentially their debut after a singer in an obscure, early post-punk band (2008’s Alison Statton is named for the Young Marble Giants’ singer, Alison Statton)? Boston’s Andrew Churchman (vocals/guitar) and Sterling Bryant (bass) style their songs with a light hand and perhaps an affection for the spare art-pop of YMG, filtered through a more contemporary twee-pop sound. The warm, vintage-organ sounds of opener “More Purple” immediately calls to mind YMG, but the song soon takes on its own personality, with Churchman’s sweet ’n’ sour voice lifted by bright, jangly guitars and melodious horns. There’s a fullness to the trio’s sound, giving their brand of inarguably fey pop a hint of muscle (“Reject Reject,” “Tried to Be Good,” “Shoreham Kent”), but they also deliver willowy, winsome lamentation (“For Dee”) and loads of airy, twinkly pop to shuffle your feet to (“Alison Statton,” “Evan’s Way,” “The Royal We”). “A New City Life” spews enough punky angst from screeching guitars and hammered drums to steer the collection out of any sticky sugar-bog of which you may be leery.

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About Pants Yell!

Playing catchy, slightly naïve pop that suggests a stripped-down American variation on the C-86 sounds of decades past, Pants Yell! is a trio from Cambridge, MA, who began making music together in 2003. Andrew Churchman and Sterling Bryant were both studying art in Boston when they began writing and recording songs in dorm rooms and basements. With Churchman on guitar and vocals, Bryant on bass, keyboards, and backing vocals, and Carly Smith on drums and backing vocals, Pants Yell! made their recorded debut in the summer on an Asuras Records compilation called Watermelon Should Last Forever with the memorably titled track "Electroclash Is the Noose Around My Neck." A cassette-only album, Our Horse Calls, followed shortly afterward from the Italian label Best Kept Secret, who found out about the band when Churchman sent them a CD-R demo along with a mail order. After releasing several homemade recordings, Pants Yell!'s debut album, 2004's Songs for Siblings, was recorded in a 16-track analog studio and earned a wealth of enthusiastic notices from the indie music press in America and overseas. In 2005, Pants Yell! released a 7" vinyl EP, '83 in '05, and in 2006, with the group's members finally done with college, they took on a more aggressive touring schedule, playing in the United States, Europe, Sweden, and Iceland in support of their third album, Recent Drama. In 2007, Casey Keenan, formerly with Major Stars, signed on as Pants Yell!'s new drummer, and the group recorded their fourth album, Alison Statton, released by Soft Abuse Records at the end of the year. Received Pronunciation appeared in 2009. ~ Mark Deming

  • ORIGIN
    Boston, MA

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