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Pangs
Stalemates & Sad Pastimes
Panther Fact Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
There's something surprising about the fact that Stalemates & Sad Pastimes was a fall/winter release. Its bouncing melodies, animated drumming, and silly, charming lyrics collectively scream "summertime." Even its white and hot-orange album art hints at warmer weather.

It's not difficult to envisage sun-tanned teenagers across America listening to this, Pangs' first full-length, on their way to a friends house or to the beach to lounge on the sand. "Way Wrong Love" could be perfect for a cheerful bout of beach volleyball in the sun, busty blondes in bikinis abound; "Sad Pastime," with its insistent guitars and aggressive drumming (compared to the rest of Stalemates & Sad Pastimes), seems perfect for an intense game of whiffleball in the park; "Funeral Girls" would be appropriate for the defeat that follows.

The similitude of Stalemates & Sad Pastimes to Very Emergency-era Promise Ring is clear, with its upbeat sound, its lyrics about girls, sex, and loss, and its status as a relatively catchy and enjoyable record that doesn't try to be anything more. Call this the resort-wear of indie-rock, for boys and girls who don't seem to want to let those last rays of summer's sunshine fade.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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