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Pagiins

Searcy, Arkansas, United States | SELF

Searcy, Arkansas, United States | SELF
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"Garage Punk Pagiins Play Fringe Pop"

Alternative music is everywhere. Even the smallest town has at least one individual who pushes their own art forward with disregard to its lack of audience. Fort Smith is one of the state’s biggest cities, so one might expect a fairly large community in the alternative arts. However, this isn’t true--at least, not in the eyes of Robert Bishop, drummer for the alt-pop, garage-punk band Pagiins who hail from Fort Smith.

“In a year we have only played [in Fort Smith] two times” states Bishop in an online interview. “We decided to spend more time playing outside of town because […] the alternative scene in Fort Smith is so small that you can count everyone in it. So we have more or less adopted Fayetteville as home turf.”

What he says about being able to count the entirety of the scene is fairly sound, seeing as though Pagiins and other bands from that community have a sort of incestuous bond with one another. Pagiins is made up of members from six different bands: Taifas, A+ Setup, Matt Demon, Resin Hands, Backward Guard and Blurry Photos. And each of those bands share members with one another. Pagiins, however, is one of their best incarnations.
Their EP Good Things Take Time is six catchy, well-produced pop tunes that pull at your leg to be re-listened to. And apparently Paste Magazine agreed. Paste noted Pagiins as one of Arkansas best 12 bands citing their hooks as one of the many reasons to love the group. Their polished garage sound and psychedelic themes are something less talked about, yet just as important. Those two elements are what give this band its identity. Songs like “Idiosyncratic Ant Blues”, “I Don’t Feel Anything” and “What’s the Point?” all have their bounce-able melodies and rhythms, but it is what they are filled with and the context surrounding them that makes Pagiins not just another band. This is punk reissued in its earliest form. Their pysch themes are the main weight leaning them toward the outsider genre. Without it, their sound is not so far off from radio pop - which I know many may read as an insult, but it is not intended to be. I believe the caliber of music they produce is quality enough for mainstream appeal. And that is sort of what punk was when it started, wasn’t it? I’m sure plenty of Mohawk sporting crust punks would argue this point, but punk music is just an outsider’s take on the inside. Joey Ramone just wanted to make pop music but he didn’t really know how. And if you listen to his later albums, specifically songs like “Danny Says”, you’d hear what Joey wanted all along. In the beginning the Ramones intended on making catchy tunes, simple melodies and danceable beats--just listen to “Road to Ruin” or “Rocket to Russia”.

The typical pop mentality becoming a-typical due to irregular subjects, speed, and neurosis is what one finds listening to Pagiins. On the initial listen to “Potential Foes” try imagining a cute girl singing the chorus on a ukulele. It’s practically radio pop but the song is fast, the guitars are distorted, and group vocals reign over a singular frail voice. Pagiins revitalizes a genre that has been left to stigma and for skinheads and pseudo-anarchists to call their own. There is, of course, a place for those people in punk music, and definitely have their own specific sects of the category but Pagiins are revitalizing the roots of the sound. This is just a group of alt-rockers living in a conservative city near the Oklahoma border. They don’t truly belong there and they know that, but that doesn’t matter. They aren‘t going out of their way to be punk, they just inherently are. Proof coming from Bishop‘s own words: “That’s what it’s all about, just a bunch of kids loving good tunes.”

There is a call to other influences as well. Such as classic surf on the song “I Don’t Feel Anything” and the blues on the title-track “Good Things Take Time”. The distorted slide guitar on “Good Things” makes the song, and provides good reason for being the title track; it is definitely the best cut on the EP. Their surf tune “I Don’t Feel Anything” sticks out in my mind as one of the few actual surf songs released in recent time. A lot of bands boast about being surf, but they really just mean they use reverb and play catchy lead riffs. This song is actually reminiscent of surf kings like Dick Dale.

The only thing better than a good band like Pagiins, is a good band that is also prolific. Luckily, Pagiins is just that.
“New material is constantly being worked on at any given time” Bishop said, “I think there are a total of fifteen new songs we are working on.” These new songs are sure to appear on the new EP slated to be released December 3 under the name Bad Things Don’t, a clear sister release to their premiere.

“The (new) sound is a bit more sloppy rock n’ roll than the poppy ride that was our last EP. For the full length we plan to fuse those sounds and ultimately nail our sound. So fingers crossed.” The band also has plans to tour after their full-length is finished, and they even have a few shows lined up for the near future including the Taproom in Lawrence, Kan. on Nov. 15, Kirby’s Beer Store in Wichita, Kan. on Nov. 16, and the Soundpony in Tulsa, Okla. on Nov. 30. - Current Magazine


"Pagiins Open Up Your Mind [Music Video]"

It’s been quite some time since we’ve gotten overly excited about a rock act, probably because most of the music being released today is a far cry from the guitar riffs, garbled vocals and memorable hooks that even the early 2000's offered up. But that all changes today, thanks to a surprise music video from Fort Smith, Arkansas-based rockers Pagiins who are preparing to release their sophomore EP, Bad Things Don’t in just a few weeks (digitally via Bandcamp) on December 3rd.

Champions of the DIY movement (add another reason to our list of why we love these guys) Pagiins’ new music video is a choppy, low budget ( yet-extremely-creative) music video that visually represents the group’s latest single “Open Up Your Mind” perfectly.

A funky guitar lead kicks things off, quickly adding tambourine and snare drum back beats, with an accompanying bass line to die for. Eventually these sounds all collide flawlessly with front man Robert Bishop’s vocals, and the rest (even when it comes to a play time just over 2 minutes..) is history.

We’ve had this bad boy on repeat for probably a good 20 minutes now, and we have a feeling you’ll be doing the same. So without any further ado, introduce yourself to Pagiins. - The Get Downnn


"Introducing: Pagiins"

We here at DrunkenWerewolf HQ haven’t heard music that borders this kind of cool since the heady heyday of The Dandy Warhols and their legacy of Americana gone bananas indie pop. And Fort Smith, Arkansas band Pagiins are only on their second EP.

Never mind living in a place Google Maps tells me isn’t near much of anything; if the sound of their song “Self Saboteur” is anything to go by, the five piece are capable of building their own metropolis from the ground up. Fronted by the impenetrable Leif Hinshaw, Pagiins released “Self Saboteur” for free to the masses yesterday – perhaps to put Fort Smith on the map (literally), perhaps to start an imminent and irrepressible takeover of all things good and holy. Who knows?

New EP Bad Things Don’t is due out on December 3rd via BandCamp. Check out Pagiins’ FaceBook page to say you liked them first. - Drunken Werewolf


"Pagiins"

"What's the Point" and "idiosyncratic Ant Blues" are the first two pieces of Good Things Take Time , the fabulous debut EP from Pagiins . This is a small collection of pop songs and garage all catchier than each other, as energetic a ferret on speed - Le Choix


"New Artist: Pagiins"

What do you get when you evenly spread indie, surf, punk and garage rock all over your Bandcamp page? Well it seems the answer is Pagiins and their debut EP, Good Things Take Time.

The Arkansas five-piece are a combination of four previous bands and it's not hard to grasp upon listening. When I say an even spread of styles I mean it, each track has one dominant styling, be it surf, punk, garage or indie. The most important thing about this is how Pagiins blend them, making the most of each one.

From the indie beginnings and 'na-na-na's' of opener, "What's The Point", to the punk tendencies of "Idiosyncratic Ant Blues" and our personal favourite, "Potential Foes". The half way mark welcomes the title track and the band take their foot of the pedal, demonstrating some effortless cool. Good Things Take Time ends with a duo of driving surf-pop jams and to put it lightly, can we have some more please? - 1 For The People


"Pagiins - Whats the Point?"

Pagiins produce energetic garage-rock with furious hooks and tongue-in-cheek humor. Several of their songs begin with an odd vocal outburst, sometimes sounding like an angry rodent, before unleashing a polished wave of guitars and dexterous percussion. Upon listening to their recently released Good Things Take Time EP , their sound instantly reminded me of a cross between Thomas Function (MP3: “Can’t Say No“) and The Walkmen, with the strong rhythmic grasp of The Pixies thrown in for good measure. The first track on the EP, ”What’s the Point?”, seems apt for a party — with its gleeful guitar-heavy approach and jubilant ”na-na-na”ing. It’s almost the weekend, so this seems about right. - Obscure Sound


"12 Arkansas Bands You Should Listen To Now"

Pagiins are exactly what a good garage band should be. They’re loud and gritty and fun, but they don’t get lazy with their production. The vocals are easily discernible without feeling overly polished. You can hear the steady beat of the tambourine just as well as the thrashing guitars. - Paste Magazine


Discography

Good Things Take Time EP - 2012

Bad Things Dont EP - 2012

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Paste noted Pagiins as one of Arkansas best 12 bands citing their hooks as one of the many reasons to love the group. Their polished garage sound and psychedelic themes are something less talked about, yet just as important. Those two elements are what give this band its identity.

Never mind living in a place Google Maps tells me isnt near much of anything; if the sound of their song Self Saboteur is anything to go by, the five piece are capable of building their own metropolis from the ground up.

The Arkansas five-piece is the combination of four previous bands and its not hard to grasp upon listening. When I say [they have] an even spread of styles I mean it, each track has a dominant styling, be it surf, punk, garage, or indie. The most important thing is how Pagiins blend them, making the most of each one.

The band has been described as a cross between Thomas Function and The Walkmen, with the strong rhythmic grasp of The Pixies thrown in for good measure. There are two drummers sharing 2 sets so they keep the grooves going and really use the rhythm to keep everyone dancing.

Check out the band on college radio in the U.S and Europe.

* Snippets from Current Magazine, Drunken Werewolf, One For The People, Obscure Sound*