Melbourne-based blackened rock’n’roll band PAGAN are thrilled to announce their debut album Black Wash will be out on July 6th in Europe and the UK via freshly inked deal with Hassle Records.
Featuring the new single ‘Death Before Disco’ – the video for which has been released today – and 2017’s belter ‘Imitate Me’ amongst the album’s 11 tracks, Black Wash is available to pre-order
Pagan – Nikki Brumen (vocals), Xavier Santilli (guitar), Dan Bonnici (bass), Matt Marasco (drums) – released their huge new single ‘Death Before Disco’ last month to what can only be described as
an incredible reception. Telling the story of being gaslighted in a relationship against a wall of riffs, the track has received spins on BBC’s Radio 1, triple j Home & Hosed, Short.Fast.Loud and
The Racket and love on community radio stations right across their homeland of Australia. National press reaction and support back home in Australia has been equally full of praise, with Pilerats
calling the track a “riff-riddled stomper of the heaviest order”, with Kill Your Stereo stating it’s “one of Pagan’s best cuts yet.” frankie Magazine now count themselves fans after
featuring Pagan in their latest issue, STACK Magazine praised singer Nikki Brumen, saying she "continues to verify herself as one of the most engaging vocalists in the country", while Hysteria
Magazine simply called the track “fierce”. Pagan celebrated its release of with a jam-packed Holy Communion party in their hometown of Northcote last month, evidence of which can be seen in the new
‘Death Before Disco’ video released today.
Pagan’s forthcoming debut album Black Wash is 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, in part at Abbotsford’s The Aviary and South Melbourne’s Holes and Corners studios. Together, they pay homage to their punk rock and heavy music ethics
(‘The Greatest Love Songs’), draw inspiration from the dancefloors of neon-soaked discotheques (‘Year of the Dog’) and back-alley rock and roll clubs of old ( ‘Silver’), rebelling against the rules
and nostalgic romanticism that seem to plague underground music to this day.
From the album curtain raiser ‘Il Malocchio Si Apre’ (‘The Evil Eye Opens’) Nikki bares her soul, her ferocious and haunting howls navigating swiftly between the theological world the band have
created through striking imagery and lyrical symbolism, and the real world in which she has lived and survived. Her emotional landscape is addressed by references to the earth and the moon, light and
dark (‘Death Before Disco’), two forces which seem to play the role of the chorus in this story – the ever-important voice of reason in all great tragedies. 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 agonizingly arranged by Daniel, Matthew and Xavier, culminating in Pagan’s deathblow, ‘Il Malocchio Si Chiude’ (‘The Evil Eye Closes’).
Embracing their Italian roots in an almost sarcastic fashion until it’s pretty much become serious, Pagan have charmed audiences with their unique candour and straight-up saucy attitude since
forming in 2015. The past 18 months have seen them play coveted spots on UNIFY Festival, Yours & Owls and BIGSOUND, plus tour their blistering live show across the country with the likes of King
Parrot, Clowns and most recently Rise Against this past February. They have baited us with a string of single releases including the “thunderous” (The Music) ‘Good Grief’ and ‘Imitate Me’, which was
released after being named Feature Artist on triple j Unearthed. Last year Pagan announced a signing to worldwide label EVP Recordings and just recently have signed with Hassle Records (frnkiero and
the cellabration, Casey, Petrol Girls) to release their debut album in Europe and the UK, with news of European touring to follow soon.