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since 2001

june 2010

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Pants Pants Pants

"Ok, Fine" CD


Genre: indie pop

June 2008

This interesting keyboard-infused pop album comes encased in a glossy origami-folded package (don't unwrap it, or you will fucking regret it!!), the most overt indication of Pants Pants Pants' quirky, electronic-heavy style. Their second album so far, this twelve-song collection endears its audience by way of (usually) cute female vocals and silly song structures. The latter characteristic, however, also causes Ok, Fine to fall flat on occasion. While catchy "Dino Love" and silly "Stay in School (Don't Play The Fool)" (dig the Horatio Sanz reference) are among the record's best, others (bizarre "Human Machines," too-long "You Have Died of Dysentery" [a reference to ancient educational computer game Oregon Trail]) drag down the fun due to weak melodies and mediocre overall sounds. Others, like Bettie Serveert-esque "Moonpretty" and experimental and compelling "Graphite" are almost really good, but fall just short of being completely realized. I'm not sure how often I will be pulling this disc out, though as far as goofy female-led pop music goes, this does the trick. A notable cover of Pearl Jam's "Jeremy" is included for good measure, replacing the PJ sound with a lighter pop vibe.

pants pants pants' myspace


youuuuuuuutube!: full house pants pants pants cover "mmm mmm mmm mmm" by the crash test dummies

Fun Fact: Like Modest Mouse (which this band doesn't resemble in the least), Pants Pants Pants' first songs were recorded on answering machines.

Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 12 tracks, 44:15, distributed by the band, released 2006]