Pan Am Down

Pan Am Down

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"Pan Am Down is not derivative, but don't be surprised if comparisons to bands like Wilco or Son Volt keep coming up in your mind. The sound is a blend of ....Americana...., Rock and singer-songwriter sensibility that leads to the creation of smart and intricate story songs." -Wildy's World

Biography

Pan Am Down started as a solo project by Joshua Kraemer (Ultra Cindy/Collider/Her Sparkle Dims) in Brooklyn, NY while he was a NYC Transit Worker. He recorded "One" which was released 2/17/09 on Imperfect Smile Records. After a short solo tour of the Northeast, the decision was made to move back to Norfolk, VA and build a band around what he had started. As things always seem to find a way of coming together, the new Pan Am Down line up is right where it needs to be with the addition of Ralph Bautista (Collider & Her Sparkle Dims), Tiffany Riley (No Flowers for Him) and Justin Trauger.

The band has just finished recording "The Orange Avenue Sessions EP". They are also looking forward to getting back into the studio this Fall to record their next full length, slated to be released early in 2010 on Imperfect Smile Records.

Lyrics

Sweet Wishes from Afar

Written By: Joshua Kraemer

Sitting with you at the top of the stairs
Never knew Portsmouth, New Hampshire could be exciting
What was the moment that you knew?
That all our directions held the clues.

I think we knew this day would come,
Yes we knew this day would come.

Driving north on Interstate 95,
Neutral Milk Hotel made it all come alive.
Feet on the dashboard, cigarette in my hand,
In these moments we would understand.

I think we knew this day would come,
Yes we knew this day would come

Sweet wishes to you,
Sweet wishes to you,
From afar, from afar.

A Walk in the Former Yugoslavia

Written By: Joshua Kraemer

Hardened stare, I can't dissuade,
Against my impressions, academic games,
All the things you wanted, hard to decide,
Expressions are blank, I'm going for a walk.

And I saw you, at the top

Your voice it softens, suffering denial,
Patterns of your foot steps, circular and wide,
Once we watched closely, to each others' smiles,
But now they've disappeared, I'm going for a walk.

And I saw you, at the top

Where do we go, where do we go from here?
Where do we go, where do we go from here?

We were once like Yugoslavia,
federated but now fractured.
We were once like Yugoslavia,
federated but now fractured.

Where do we go, where do we go from here? (four times)

Discography

"The Orange Avenue Sessions EP", July 2009.

"One," debut LP, released February 17, 2009 on Imperfect Smile Records, Brooklyn, NY.

Joshua Kraemer's Releases:

With Ultra Cindy:

"Roller Coaster/Whirlwind," 7 inch, Praha/Mary Ellen Records, 1992.
"Handprints II: A Compilation," Wax Puppy Records, 1993.
"Ten Cent Fix," compilation, Jiffy Boy Records, 1993.
"Something Pretty Beautiful," compilation, Brilliant Records, 1993.
"Wyatt's Torch," compilation, Brilliant Records, 1993.
"Mermaid's Parade," full length, Earthling Records, 1994.
"Lemon Lime Vol. I," compilation, Spin Art Records, 1994.

Set List

Pan Am Down's set list usually covers seven or eight songs off the debut album, plus a couple of newer songs. The set usually last around thirty to forty minutes.