Melbourne-based rock’n’roll band PAGAN have announced their debut shows in UK and Europe for this Autumn. The shows will see the band kicking off with a free show at London’s Old Blue Last ahead of show across the UK before they head to Europe. Support comes from Phoxjaw on all shows.
Pagan – Nikki Brumen (vocals), Xavier Santilli (guitar), Dan Bonnici (bass), Matt Marasco (drums) – have had what only be described as an incredible reception to their debut album. The singles received spins on BBC’s Radio 1, Kerrang! Radio & triple j Home & Hosed, Short.Fast.Loud and The Racket. Global press reaction has also been somewhat rapturous for Pagan’s debut album Black Wash, a collection of 11 songs (‘spells’, in Pagan speak) by four people who have each experienced their own individual hells but walked through the flames together, hand in hand, brought to life by producer Mike Deslandes. Together, they pay homage to their punk rock and heavy music ethics, draw inspiration from the dancefloors of neon-soaked discotheques, and back-alley rock and roll clubs of old,rebelling against the rules and nostalgic romanticism that seem to plague underground music to this day.
The drama of Black Wash plays out over the backdrop of a very organic, dynamic and fluent rock and roll soundtrack that bravely walks a tightrope between pretty and delicate restraint, catchy-as-hell dance rhythms and monolithically heavy walls of sound and fury, all meticulously crafted and agonisingly arranged by Daniel, Matthew and Xavier.
Pagan have charmed audiences with their unique candour and straight-up saucy attitude since forming in 2015. Since being named a winner of Triple J’s Unearthed competition in late 2016, the past 18 months have seen them play coveted festival spots in their homeland of Australia, including UNIFY Festival and BIGSOUND.
Pagan released their debut album via Hassle Records (frnkiero andthe cellabration, Casey, Petrol Girls) in Europe and the UK this Summer.
The band perform at the Key Club in Leeds on November 23rd.