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Nancy Pants is the loud and low-fi dirty-garage-psychedelic-punk-dream-pop project of Montreal based Ohara Hale (Mori, Ohara) on vocals and guitar, AdamWaito (Adam & The Amethysts, Miracle Fortress) on bass and vocals, andJeremy MacCuish (Parlovr, Nanimal, Smokes) on drums. Sonically they evoke a bunch of awesome dogs playfully tussling on a sandy beach under a palm tree that has caught fire. The band was conceived during a road trip to a comic book convention Hale and Waito were tabling at (both also double as illustrators/comic book makers) in the summer of 2014. Shortly after they enlisted Jeremy and one jam later they recorded their first demo ep on a cellphone. On November 20th, 2014 the band released their self-released debut album on a pink tape to much critical acclaim and at least 30 Grammys and 5 sandwiches by now. After a year of Canadian and US shows, the band premiered two singles “Mother Mary” and “PS” on Consequence of Sound and are scheduled to put out another full release as soon as they finish it.







 

 

 

 

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MORE INFO: Conceived by Hale and Waito on a road trip to an indie comic book convention in 2014 (the two musicians also double as illustrators/comic book makers), they recruited MacCuish and recorded their lo-fi 5-song demo on Waito’s iPhone after only one band practice, which they released online the next day and immediately followed with a few DIY music videos and a handful of Grammy's and Oscars and sandwiches. 

 

Sonically, they evoke teenage '60s garage pop and weird '90s punk, pitting Hale’s elastic vocals against MacCuish’s bombastic drumming and Waito’s fuzzed-out bass. Their debut full-length, TOTAL NANCY PANTS was recorded at their rehearsal space and at Waito's apartment using actual microphones and self-released on cassette on November 20, 2014.

 

 

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"Nancy Pants are ready for their close-up. Memories of high school dances and community centre punk shows are evoked in the swelling groove and call-and-response lyrics of "Prom," and highlights the fact that while Nancy Pants are pop in essence, they're definitely punk in execution. Total Nancy Pants marks an assured and enchanting debut for this Montreal trio, and cements them as yet another Montreal band to look out for.” - Exclaim!

 

"This is a record that grabs your attention from the get-go and one that makes sure it doesn't lose you. Total Nancy Pants avoids the trap of same-ness that can often slow down guitar-driven records thanks to a diverse use of guitars across the record, like the jangly "Just a Little More", a pleasant and sweet highlight. The record keeps the consistency going with stand-out tracks like "Apple", and especially "Halley's Comet", where gorgeous guitars jangle around intertwining vocals and harmonies.  With a diverse and attention-grabbing aptitude toward songwriting, Total Nancy Pants is a very promising debut.” - CJLO

 

"Their swinging set had a serious Detroit Cobras feel; they were loose and ambitious as lead singer Ohara Hale appeared incredibly composed onstage. The dark verses lead into insanely catchy choruses and their set was the evening’s highlight." - NOW Toronto (live review)

 

"Montreal's Nancy Pants provides vicarious warm-weather vibes by way of a Spector-esque wall of sound; expect ringing guitar, booming drums, and energetic dual vocals.” - CBC

 

"Garbage dancer: foil, cereal box, yes ok some Christmas garlands. Sewer somersault, basement splits. Pogo and worm. Found some records in a milk-crate, "Louie Louie" and "Black Hole Sun", remember to wear gloves. Night sky's a black canvas and tossed gravel. Daylight's a flashlight. I traded my dad's Pontiac for a bass guitar. I kissed a girl. I fired an elastic band at the auditor and we'll sparkle til we droop." - Said The Gramophone

 

"Sink your teeth into a Montreal, sugary-sweet, 60’s inspired band that will surly pop-rock you out of your pants if you don’t securely secure them up, before you press play." - Indie Underground

 

"Total Nancy Pants is a much needed vitamin D blast in a a time sorely lacking in sunshine. The album has a definite retro doo wop influence to the lo-fi garage pop rock tracks on the album. Hale’s yelps and vocals become an instrument in and of themselves, adding high octane soprano bursts of colour. There’s a skill to crafting a sound that is fuzzy and dreamy and yet still high in energy: a notable feat by two seasoned songwriters whose vocal interplay is akin to candy, more specifically pop rocks." - Forget the Box

 

 

 

 

 

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