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review: PAMs – Phasers

by Richard Archer

PAMs – Phasers (EP, April 2017)

On ‘PAMs Phase #1’, PAMs established themselves as masters of quirk and chaos, songs such as ‘Don’t Push Me’ sounding like a boozy, parallel universe version of the Scooby Doo gang having a dust-up inside your stereo. It was thrilling stuff, so it’s good to have them back for a second round.

On ‘Phasers’, they are moving  toward a more honed end result, and if that sounds disconcerting then don’t panic – there’s still plenty of ruckus there to enjoy such as the glam-for-a-bit ‘Fun’, on which bass player Satori Kurosawa shouts:

  • “If I cant have no fun, I don’t want nothing at all”

Audibly, the production has moved away from the murk of the previous cassette but that gives the new set of songs a particular character of their own and suits the refinement in performance that is apparent.

Maybe different influences are permeating the band right now. The band see-saw between Ramones style sprints (‘No Shoes’ is Ramones as played by the Runaways) and a slick wheels-on-tarmac groove worthy of bands like Crime (‘Comped To Death’ and ‘Pinback’ in particular).

It’s nice to see a band with an idiosyncratic nature like PAMs move around within their sound rather than repeat the same recipe and full credit goes to them for upping the ante.

PAMs Bandcamp



new music Feb–Apr

A round up of new releases we’re getting excited about.

New tracks 
Downtown Boys – Somos Chulas
Nia Wyn – Help Me
The Nyx – Hideaway
Skating Polly – Hail Mary
Pearl Harts – Hit the Bottle
Dream Wife – Somebody
Grace Savage – Medusa

Pink Grip – Demo EP
The Whooper-Ups – Sensible Daydreams EP
Yur Mum – Live EP
Blondie – Fun/Monster
IDestroy – Annie/98%
Screaming Toenail – Food Chain  EP
PAMs – Phasers EP
Cat Apostrophe – World is Fucked EP
Sunflower Theives – Hold the Storm EP
Blindness – The Monsoon EP

Cherry Glazerr – Apocalypstik
Desperate Journalist – Grow Up LP
The Darts – The Darts
The Menstrual Cramps – We’re Not Overyacting
The Courtneys – Courtneys II 
Party Fears – Part Fears LP
Hurray for the Riff Raff – Navigator LP
The Kut – Raw – demos CD
Trigger Warning and the Safe SpacesEverything is Problematic! LP
Sneaks – Act Out LP

V/A compilations
Kobayashi I – Intergalactic Warriors
Hang In There – A DIY Covers Compilation

Pending releases

Feature – Banishing Ritual LP Apr 07
The Baby Seals – Lips Are Sealed Apr 07
Long Teeth – Canned Laughter Apr 20
Darling Buds – Evergreen EP April 21
The Nyx – The Nyx EP – April 21
Skating Polly – New Trick EP Apr 28
Wolf Girl – Moody/Get You – May 5
Blondie – Pollinator – May 5
Oh! Gunquit – Lightning Likes Me – LP May 19
Coathangers – Parasite EP – Jun
Lorde – Melodrama 2nd LP – Jun