Hard work pays off for Pangaea


A WIGAN rock band is proving with the launch of their debut full-length album that good things really do come to those who wait.

Four-piece Pangaea are preparing to release their 10-track, self-titled album in the next few weeks after an arduous process which started as far back as early 2010.

Perseverance has finally paid off for the band, made up of vocalist Psylo, a.k.a Tim Harding, guitarist Alex Chialton, bassist Trev and drummer John Boughey, with the tracks showcasing their blend of classic hard rock, grunge, modern alternative rock and acoustic music.

Front man Psylo said: “There’s a real variety of different sounds on the album. I would have to say it’s still very much a classic rock and hard rock album, and melodically we don’t stray far from that template, but there’s also a track on there which is a version of an older song called Compromise which is more of an acoustic song with lots of strings on it.

“We also had a really talented string player come in to score it.”

Psylo says the two-year recording process has been beneficial to Pangaea, with the group scaling down their live appearances in order to concentrate on the songwriting and bringing their varied influences together into a cohesive whole.

He said: “All of us have been listening independently to a huge range of different genres of music, although the most obvious influences are still the bands we grew up listening to in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.

“Our bassist is a big fan of heavy metal and the riffs he comes up with are often the starting point for our songwriting, our guitarist is influenced more by grunge, whereas I’ve got the classic rock background but also listen to everything from jazz to pop through to rock ‘n’ roll.

“When you throw all that together you can create something unique if you can find the right way.”

The band are currently in the process of putting together a distribution deal for their new record, which was mastered and recorded at Catalyst Studios in St Helens.

Psylo says the band decided to stick with self-titling their creation after trying out numerous ideas for names.

Pangaea will be released soon. For more information about the band, search for Pangaea on Facebook.