Portland, Oregon six-piece, Alan Singley and Pants Machine weave a tight, groovy pop sound that will shake you up and mellow you out. Their latest album "Feelin' Citrus" is an orchestral indie rock cocktail packed with genuine sunshine and vitamin-c. On your stereo or on the stage, these gems will surely have you under a citrus spell.
The band is led by 27-year old, Burt Bacharach afficianado, Alan Singley, who wrote and aranged all 12 songs for,"Feelin' Citrus", while teaching music at a local non-profit. Singley quickly grew more confident in his arranging and conducting abilities surrounded by many of Portland's most elite orchestral players in his day to day routine.
Alan Singley and Pants Machine's music covers a full spectrum of emotions and styles and as Pitchfork.com describes, "certainly manages to surprise". However unpredictable, one can tell every song has been thouroughly crafted by a quirky, introspective, lover-of-life. Sometimes the lyrics are psychedlic free verse, other times they read like a conversation, but are always inspired by real life: bikes, rice pudding, urban sprawl, home.
Pants Machine formed in 2003 as a two piece with Singley and then drummer Benjamin Jaspers. At first they played gritty basement ditties, but the sound quickly evolved when they were joined by bassist Gus Elg, and jazz guitarist Leb Borgerson. In 2006 they released "Lovingkindness" which eventually climbed to 118 on CMJ. In 2008 they were joined by a new drummer, Scott Hayden, and horn section, Reed Wallsmith and Jacob Potter, drawing them ever closer towards pop perfection.
"Feelin' Citrus" was a totally D.I.Y undertaking, with the band self-producing and bassist, Gus Elg as lead engineer. At every step, great care was given to stirring up magic on each track. All the party jams were recorded live in a secluded cabin in Idaho and all the ballads were recorded live with a ten-piece orchestra. The album was mixed at Portland's legendary Jackpot! Studios and includes guest appearances from members of Portland's Talkdemonic, Point Juncture, WA, and Blue Cranes.
It took two years, a trip to the emergency room, and even a lineup change, but on August 25th, Alan Singley and Pants Machine unleash "Feelin' Citrus" on Portland's own, Bladen County Records. September brings a West Coast tour and the band is already in pre-production for the follow up to "Feelin' Citrus".