Pagan Hellcats' In the Passion | Record Review | Indy Week
Pin It

Pagan Hellcats' In the Passion 


click to enlarge 08.20musreviews_paganhellca.gif

This debut EP from Chapel Hill quartet Pagan Hellcats mixes bluesy rockers and rootsy ballads, drawing primarily on the late '60s rock of The Band, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell. The singular exception on this 30-minute outing is also its best track. "True" sounds like Replacements of Let It Be vintage. A ragged country twang, marked by pedal steel, opens singer/ guitarist Dave Rutter's litany: "There are highways because we just can't stay in place . ... There are guitars because we just can't leave 'em alone. ... They make last call, just so we could all give up drinking." The chorus—"They're selling songs of love because they just don't know who to send them to"—squarely suggests that commerce and trends often triumph for lack of heart. A mostly engaging, if somewhat overlong, start.

Pagan Hellcats releases In the Pasion with a $5 show at The Cave Saturday, Aug. 23, at 7:30 p.m. Blag'ard and Hate Prose take the 10 p.m. slot.


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Record Review

Twitter Activity

Most Recent Comments

Love it! All the songs are beautiful!

by Jon Champion on Record Review: The Return of The Veldt, The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation, Is Great (Record Review)

This release will be available Friday December 4th here:

Thanks! …

by Scott Phillips on Review: The electronic excellence of GNØER's Tethers Down (Record Review)

You should have let Currin write this. One of the best singers on earth and these were your observations? sounds …

by Remo on Record review: Jeanne Jolly's A Place to Run (Record Review)


© 2017 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation