Call for Music Writers... Rock, Indie, Urban, Electronic, Americana, Metal, World and More

Music
cover art

Pants Yell!

Alison Statton

(Soft Abuse; US: 4 Dec 2007; UK: Available as import)

Boston’s Pants Yell! have been crafting charming bedroom pop for a few years now, but with Alison Statton they sound like they’ve come up in the world. Though their indie pop is still definitely on the twee side, they have stepped up the production a bit, and the improvement in sound makes the band sound all the more sure of themselves. Along with the improved recordings, the band features their rhythm section here more than on any previous releases. As a result, Alison Statton sees the band show their strength as something closer to a rock band. Songs like “A New City Life” feature bright drums full of presence, and they even pump some distortion into the lead guitar. “Reject, Reject” and “More Purple” show off their affinity for catchy, bubble-gum melodies, but the songs trump their predecessors because the band doesn’t sound like they’re navel-gazing the whole time. And while Marcie Ellis’ vocals are as shyly fey as ever, the amped-up sound of the band, with the drums and horns leading the way, could make this record their coming out party. The band has been writing smart, quick bursts of quiet pop for years. Now, with just a hint more volume behind, maybe more people will hear what they’ve been missing.

Rating:

Matthew Fiander is a music critic for PopMatters and Prefix Magazine. He also writes fiction and his work has appeared in The Yalobusha Review. He received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from UNC-Greensboro and currently teaches writing and literature at High Point University in High Point, NC. You can follow him on Twitter at @mattfiander.


Tagged as: pants yell
Media
Pants Yell! - Our Weather
Related Articles
28 Jan 2010
If this is Pants Yell's last hurrah, the band makes the most of it, leaving at the height of its powers.
12 Dec 2006
Sprites, snow fairies, and pants that yell, oh my! Dave Heaton's picks for indie-pop albums of the years are an animated bunch.
18 Sep 2006
Sweet pop angst-turned-apathy with just enough tongue in cheek to charm.
Comments
Now on PopMatters
PM Picks
Announcements

© 1999-2014 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters.com™ and PopMatters™ are trademarks
of PopMatters Media, Inc.

PopMatters is wholly independently owned and operated.