Together Pangea crosses continental divide with approach to new EPs

By Kendall Polidori, Staff Reporter

Steven Nunez
The punk band Together Pangea includes William Keegan, lead vocals and guitar; Danny Bengston, bass; Erik Jimenez, drums; Roland Cosio, guitar.

Los Angeles-based band Together Pangea is delivering a new live experience for fans by performing songs from its two latest EPs, “Non Stop Paranoia” and “Dispassionate,” which were released within a year of each other.

Known for its high energy, punk vibe, the four-member band—including William Keegan, lead vocals and guitar; Danny Bengston, bass; Erik Jimenez, drums; Roland Cosio, guitar—tweaked its sound and approach to create a more personal and memorable batch of songs.

Bengston said the band used to approach releasing music by having an album follow a single, but for its latest two EPs, the band wanted to have “two separate sets of songs” instead of one collection with all ten songs. He said the songs sound completely different from each other, and releasing them separately would allow a steadier flow of music for people to listen to over the span of a year.

Bengston said “Non Stop Paranoia,” which was released last October, has more of a synth-sound to it, with lyrics reflecting anxiety and paranoia in the age of misinformation. “Dispassionate,” which was released in May, is more writtenword oriented, with self-reflection and reminders of what to love and cherish in life, something the band has not really focused on previously. On the second EP, Together Pangea took much of their inspiration from ’80s post-punk music.

“The music business has changed a lot in the last couple of years … the emphasis is more on putting out music as quickly as possible and having music out for people to listen to on streaming services, versus having a physical release,” Bengston said.

The band started out in 2009 with the goal of simply doing what it loved and having people pay attention. Bengston said the group has been lucky to release music and tour for almost a decade.

Steven Nunez
The band started out in 2009 with the goal of simply doing what it loved and having people pay attention.

“This is our lives, and it has been for quite some time,” Bengston said.

With the new shift in sound and lyrics, the band has been able to continue captivating fans’ attention, as they did at their July 11 show at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., in Chicago, tapping into the energy of a room packed wall to wall with people jumping and moshing, each person leaving the show covered in sweat.

The band has been touring practically non-stop since 2013, and has had some of its most memorable experiences while performing in Chicago. Bengston said the city is “hands down” one of the best in which to play, and the band was glad to kick off the tour here.

“We have a lot of friends in Chicago … it is like a home away from home,” Bengston said.

The band’s fondest memories have come from traveling to new places for shows, including Australia where Bengston spent his birthday with koalas. Bengston said the band wants to tour outside of the country more, but, until then, it can be found at one more Midwestern show, this weekend in Indianapolis.

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