Monday, August 14, 2006

Alan Singley & Pants Machine - Lovingkindness: MAGNET Jul/Aug 2006

When a lead track’s lyrics reference the Beatles’ “Birthday” and Queen’s “We Will Rock You,” it’s safe to say the party has just begun. Oh, and let’s not forget about the Thin Lizzy shout-out. But this Portland, Ore., quartet isn’t stuck rehashing its fawned-over forefathers. Instead, it makes rambunctious pop in a post-Sufjan world. Which shouldn’t imply the group gravitates toward Stevens’ penchant for the non sequitur and non-secular; Alan Singley & Pants Machine simply favor the epic bells, synthy sounds and occasional choruses used by the man who put Illinois (not Chicago) on the musical map. For a closer approximation, try Ben Kweller or Ben Lee admiring the Architecture In Helsinki or serving as the foundation of Tilly’s Wall. Look out, Portland: This band could wear the pants in your pop town.

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