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Pan / Press

“Last year, Columbia, S.C., quartet Pan issued their debut, a seven-track EP called Post Rock Is Not Dead. The title fit not only because Pan seemed out to prove that Mogwai did, in fact, not come on to die young but also because they seemed to believe in post-rock, playing it with a concision and focus and craft that suggested this is the stuff these four guys would lay down their honor (or, at the least, stylistic flexibility) for. That continues on this year's enthusiastically coined LP, These Are the Things I Love and I Want to Share Them With You. Though Pan largely avoids the lengthy expanses of its predecessors, they do treat these tracks with clear intentions of the same emotional redemption”

“Upon researching, I found out that this group got their moniker from Peter Pan (you know, flying and eternal childhood and all that) and the thing is John From New York does reflects that. Its not a twee pop song or anything like that, but there’s this boundless uplifting quality that makes you feel like donning green and whizzing around. The other weird thing about this track is that its quite complex and it feels like that it was pulled off in one afternoon, with the band members having a laugh in the process. Deceptively simple. I like that!”

“If you were standing in a doorway, wary of life and its ways, this song/band would cause you to walk into a room full of strangers without trepidation.”

“The band is sometimes compared to Explosions in the Sky, but I don’t think I’d label them as such. I do like EITS but they have a far more heavy reliance on their instrumental endeavors. I feel like Pan has a better balance in their songwriting and thus sounds less haunting. But to me it’s okay that Pan is less melancholy, more than okay; preferable. I think their music in this LP is still amazingly creative and spirited. I’m very much looking forward to hearing more.”

“post-rock is alive and well, and Pan has two fingers firmly on the pulse.”

“Pan ! Le nom claque tout en éveillant un désir de fêtes païennes. Il est étonnamment court et percutant pour un groupe de post-rock, genre dans lequel on est habitué à devoir utiliser des acronymes bien plus longs que ça. Mais comme These Are the Things I Love and I Want to Share Them With You(merci, c'est gentil) dure moins de 40 minutes pour 12 chansons dont deux seulement dépassent les quatre minutes, on n'est définitivement pas en face d'un disque de post-rock ordinaire.”

“I absolutely love this album, Pan did everything right. It’s a very fun, unique, clever and uplifting album. I’m not big on vocals in my post-rock unless done right and Pan nailed it. An excellent combination of post-rock elements, math rock feel and pop-ish approach to song writing. The music is full of life, eccentric and vibrant. The songs just make me happy. Every time I hear this album I just really get into it. It’s an album that you can’t help tapping your foot to or bobbing your head. Sonically the guitar tones are very rich, drums are tight and the instrument layering is also excellent. A truly great album, a must have for any post-rock collection”

“Go give these guys a listen. Their fresh blend of Dreampop and indie-influenced rhythms will leave you ready to climb mountains and ask out that girl you’ve had your eye on.”

“Pan is smartly refashioning common tropes, imbuing heady instrumentals with a kinetic sense of accessibility. (It’s working: Paste recently named Pan one of 12 South Carolina bands you should listen to now.) As Flegas puts it, their intent is to make radio rock that doesn’t need a vocal to make an impact. On Things, Pan proves just how successful this approach can be. “Joe Frazier” is a straight-up barn-burner, its bottle-rocket riffs jutting to-and-fro in a breathless two-and-a-half minutes. But it’s also a densely satisfying listen, manipulating tight melodic patterns with quick-witted subtlety. Pan even adds vocals occasionally, but when it does they’re utilized as another energetic texture.”

“The new full-length, These Are the Things I Love and I Want to Share Them With You – more endearing, more suave, more vocal – promises to keep the press rolling in. Making no compromises to their signature, saturated musical intensity, Pan’s new record seems to have been perfectly crafted for reaching out and touching folks in a super personable fashion, and at the caliper of other records later credited as ‘the breakout.’”

“It’s hard to pull off post-rock, post-Explosions In The Sky. The crescendo-to-nowhere builds and stunted cinematics of lesser acts so dilute the pack, it’s hard to get excited about a new band. But Pan set out to upend that expectation from the beginning. Its first EP was called, adamantly, Post-Rock Is Not Dead. The band’s first full-length makes a strong effort to prove it, too. With most songs capped under the four-minute mark, TATTILAIWTSTWY (unwieldy, even as an acronym) injects some much needed vitality into the instro-rock field. Sharp riffs informed by indie rock, post-hardcore and classic metal counter the big, foggy builds to make something much more lively than incidental volume ever could.”

“Little in the instrumental rock world hasn’t been said already, so what matters is the conviction a band brings to their particular corner of the post-rock. For this Columbia quartet, the enthusiasm evident in the title courses through these dozen tracks like life blood. Pan relies more on repetitive riffs done at high RPM (“Joe Frazier”) and Southern-flavored guitar melodies (“Helen & Francis”) than most instrumental-rock acts, and when they add the gang-vocals, like on LP highlight “John From New York,” the sense of elation takes on a triumphant sheen. These are conquering heroes returned from epic voyages and bearing the bounty of their adventures told in song.”

“Less preoccupied with the drama of ocean-swell crescendos and largely self-serious attitude of post-rock, Pan injects a welcome dose of energy and rock ‘n’ roll fun into its songs. Its speedy guitar runs and muscular percussion draw more attention than its loud-soft dynamic, which means Pan’s music almost never melts into the background.”

“Formed in 2010, the band has built a post-rock foundation for themselves drawing on bands like Russian Circles and Pelican, but they amp up the good-time vibes by also looking to Fang Island for inspiration. Even though it is easy to spot what’s being worn on their collective sleeve, it should be noted that Pan is more than just a collection of influences. Sure there are dense walls of noise and crushing guitars with soaring melodies, but the band’s most identifiable attribute remains the utter joy that radiates off of their music. It might seem bit trite or corny to say so, but once you listen to tracks like “Joe Frazier” or “John from New York” you’ll realize just what these guys are going for.”

“Группа PAN (или Peter Pan хз,хз…) Ребята из PAN просто боги позитивного и счастливого пост-рока. Свой дебютный EP 2011 года они без заморочек назвали «Post Rock Is Not Dead» (Пост-рок — не мертв). Ради них я создал отдельный тег «Happy-Post-Rock». Как хорошо, когда всё идет не из головы, но из сердца. P.S. К сожалению, ссылки на альбом нет. Под катом возможно только послушать альбом онлайн целиком через Soundcloud. Буду очень признателен (и не только я) за предоставление альбома в качестве.”

“TATTILAIWTSTWY has a glaze and sheen not found on Pan's debut EP, Post-Rock is Not Dead. But the high-frequency gloss is a benefit: Guitars chime, churn and twinkle cleanly and clearly, letting the band's variegated textures soar as they build and swell. Pan's post-rock is stadium-sized, trading grayscale slogs for high-resolution panoramas.”

“Not nearly as dark or 'verbed out as SIgur Ros and not as longwinded and patient as Explosions In The Sky, Pan offers quicker bursts of instrumental landscapes. Their brevity will likely keep more drone-loving post-rockers outside their walls, but opens way for more spastic listeners.”

“The fact that Pan has very sparse to no lyrics in their music is only a factor because they use the same instrument set up used predominantly by rock bands. With this set up (Guitar/Bass/Drums), in the last 70 years, there have been only a small amount of bands that have gained widespread popularity sans vocals. They did this by doing the same thing Pan is doing now. Writing dynamic songs that stir emotion and are full of melodic lines. Even though vocals and lyrics aren’t present, Pan still takes full advantage of other traits of popular music like repetition and melodies that are easy to recall.”

“indie band del South Carolina, usano il pugno di ferro del punk da una parte e la piuma del romanticismo alt-rock dall’ altra. A me ricordano i meravigliosi e poco conosciuti Rainer Maria, che con una sorta di disperazione sonora amano, corrono, rincorrono, sognano, suonano. Ti riempiono il cuore quando credi che tutto stia per crollare. In parole povere: anche i poeti dal suono sanno farsi coraggio.”

"According to the band they have made it their goal to “uplift you and fill you with positive energy and happiness” and I gotta say that it totally worked on me.. This really isn’t earth-shattering or even innovative music, but it is really well-executed and there is no denying the joy and the fun that went into creating it. That emotion is placed proudly on display and can be totally infectious if you just let it be what it is."

"Bring your earplugs to this one. Columbia’s Pan carries with it a sound too large for a mere rock club to contain. In fact, there might be some arenas that would be found lacking. Its post-rock is enormous, bursting forth with heroically chugging riffs that soar with relentless energy. Layers build up patiently and then crash down in gripping catharsis. Who needs words? There’s enough feeling in these mighty instrumentals to satisfy any emotive need."

“From South Carolina comes 5 guys pumping out tasty and up-beat post rock. They mix it with 90's style indie rock and keep the songs fairly short so no parts ever feel overdone. It's good music to listen to on a cloudy day; it'll make you feel triumphant about anything you want. This EP is available for free from bandcamp and it looks like they are planning a full length release sometime soon.”

“This is a real fun record! It's like Post-Rock mixed with Fang Island which is absolutely badass! I love that childish touch it has if you know what I'm trying to say. These guys definitely how to build that up to huge walls.”

“I don’t know who declared post-rock deceased, but they certainly weren’t listening to Pan. The first act of the Columbia trio’s debut EP features bombastic riff-slinging of the first order. Tangling, effected guitars soar upward in an attempt to create Explosions in the Sky. The second half is more interesting, incorporating production tricks that make this release more than a simple document of a stadium-ready rock band. Ironically, it’s “Arenas” that showcases the band’s cerebral side. Technicolor solos a la Fang Island are filtered through a barrage of loops. It’s 95 seconds of absorbing chaos. Dead? With Pan, post-rock is thriving.”

“This 7-song ep is sweet, simple and easy on the ears. Initially, I was frustrated at the lack of vocals, but, in the end, it wins hearts. The title couldn’t be more fitting. Skinny drums sound like pristine home recordings and, delightfully, with snares that are warm and dissipating instead of ringing and abrupt (something that annoys me about some post-rock bands). Guitars are layered without trickery or complication, and bass is merged within them as a proper frequency placeholder. The whole sound reminds me of Thursday nights in the late 90s – of bands like Slingshot Episode and Hot Water Music, but with some smoother transitional elements (like The Get Up Kids sometimes adopted), that really allow the record to flow and leads to humbly shine.”

“Pan hail from South Carolina, and are all about claiming post-rock back. The much maligned genre is the dumping ground for basically any band that plays without vocals nowadays, and a lot of bands are quite vocal about not wanting it tagged to their creative outlet. So I'm all for Pan claiming it, even if its tongue in cheek. Their debut EP is titled Post Rock Is Not Dead, and it finds an amazing middle ground between the ebullient, effortlessly fun sounds of Fang Island with the grandiose sounds of obvious touchstones Explosions In The Sky - and there isn't much in the way of grandstanding, posturing or pilfering to be found. Its a solid release all round, and seeing as I love me my instrumentals, that is an infinitely good thing!”

“Columbia's Pan boasts Post Rock is Not Dead on its new EP. The music backs up the claim: Explosions in the Sky acolytes will love the group's soaring walls of textured guitars, but its tremendous energy will sweep up rock fans of other stripes as well.”

“Local Columbia, SC post-rock tour de force Pan have clapped eager ears with their ongoing energetic touring and 2011 release of Post-Rock Is Not Dead, a strikingly balanced album replete with danceable tunes exemplified by songs like "Seeking (The Sea King)." While sections of Post-Rock Is Not Dead may inspire you to "wipe your feet really good on the rhythm rug," the album seamlessly integrates a spacious, experimentally bent momentum that listeners could enjoy in the darkness of their bedrooms. Fortunately, I have been lucky enough for Ian Flegas, guitarist of Pan, to agree to an interview which will be held in the coming week.”

“South Carolina's very own Pan is often mentioned in the same breath as Post-Rock juggernauts, Explosions in the Sky or Godspeed You! Black Emperor. But if one were to make a more accurate assessment of this instrumental powerhouse, it would be to dub them innovators of Post-Post Rock. An eclectic combination of sound and fervor”

“Lead by a twin guitar onslaught and fortified by an airtight rhythm section, the band resists the urge to fill every moment with a barrage of notes, opting instead to explore tension and release to great effect, as Pan's songs drift from epic passages of sublime beauty to crushing assaults of melodic intensity. And they've got the chops to match their formidable composition skills, which are complex but never condescending. You don't need a degree in Advanced Music Theory to enjoy Pan. Two ears in good working order will do. Oh, and a hand for throwing goat. You're gonna need it.”

Mike Jones - WUSC Radio

“Pan's debut EP, Post Rock Is Not Dead, in its three songs, offers something of a mission statement for the band. The title itself is telling. Pan shows a real effort to move its instrumental songs as far from self-serious austerity as possible. The band keeps things upbeat with aggressive guitar melodies not too far removed from punk-metal bands like Strung Out, and a dance-rock lilt in “Seeking (The Sea King)” that suggests Ratatat. The panoramas this band paints don’t languish in a gloomy grayscale, but splash bright colors across the canvas.”

“If Mogwai is Beethoven, this band is Bach”