The lands down under have been producing some fairly interesting music as of late. Australia has given us Jet, Sleepy Jackson and Rocket Science in the past few years and their partners in crime, New Zealand have offered up The Datsuns and D4. Chalk another one up for the Kiwis and say hello to Pan Am. While not having anything to do with airlines, this Pan Am, however fits in perfectly with the ë60s vibe that Pan Am Airlines has today. This trio is made up of a pair, Paul Barrett and Cole Goodley who have been in bands together for over ten years, despite being only 25. They grew up listening to ë60s rock records and itís evident on their self-titled, most recent long player. Itís a ë60s garage rock/power pop party around the Pan Am way 24-7, so get your Carnaby Street clothes, your Who vinyl and head on over. Sounding very similar to earlier era Sloan, Pan Am mix crunchy ë60s flavored guitars with harmonies ahoy. Songs like ìJapanese Girls,î ìNatural,î and the buzzsaw album opener that is ìSupa Sam,î are all testaments to just how much talent these boys from Auckland have. You may have a bit of trouble tracking this down, but it will well worth your while.
JEREMY P. GOLDSTEIN