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The spark that ignited PAS/CAL’s pop flame was provided by a dubious dare to the group: in one night improvise & record a pop song with the wit, charm and craft of a masterwork that had been labored over for months. The challenge proved fruitful and rewarding, spurring on more efforts to create smart pop pieces for the subversive set. Thus was planted the seed that germinated into the phenomenon we know today.

In early 2003, PAS/CAL’s debut EP The Handbag Memoirs met critical success with attention to finely tuned detail, clever lyrical references and an upbeat yet melancholic pop polish. Track number one, The Bronze Beached Boys (Come On Let’s Go), eventually found its way to television through a Saturn commercial.

Over the next three years two EPs (Oh Honey We’re Ridiculous & Dear Sir) and two split 12” records (Seasons Greetings split with Asobi Seksu & Summer split with La Laque) are issued. The band doubles in size & equally ups its musical ante at its newly-constructed headquarters, the Romantic Air Recording Workshoppe. From this deeply-receded fortress the band piece together their songs, each replete with complex movements, melodies that haunt the heart and arrangements that would turn George Martin’s head. ‘What Happened To The Sands’ rocks & bounces along with great aggression & equal tenderness; ‘Poor Maude’ details the titular character’s dying wish for, well, death; ‘What Do The American Girls Have On Jennifer Jo Jo?’ warns our young heroine of the terrible facts of living in a cold


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  • InASafePlace

    Spring! Now is time to get back to PAS/CAL again. Perfect spring music!

    22 Mar 2012 Reply
  • PoisonedV

    what the fuck. a year after discovering them it's still amazing every damn time. do these guys even exist as a group anymore??? fuck. if one morning i wake up to find out pas/cal has announced a new album it would make my year

    20 Feb 2011 Reply
  • cbujnak

    These guys really are one of the more brilliant current pop bands around...their gross underexposure is pretty hard to comprehend.

    9 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Musiclifelove3

    I fucking love his band. They should be waaayy bigger.

    25 Aug 2010 Reply
  • PoisonedV

    every song is 10 songs, each one of them awesome

    23 Aug 2010 Reply
  • terlar

    This sounds unexplainably good! Instant love.

    4 Mar 2010 Reply
  • willywonka091

    this is such an enjoyable band, and they make me proud to be from detroit!

    24 Dec 2009 Reply
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    27 Apr 2009 Reply
  • thewavethewave

    they need more recognition

    14 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Aeroaviones

    OK I need more now, please!

    5 Apr 2009 Reply
  • gardenrobots

    The vocals are pristine! The harmonies are gorgeous!

    11 Nov 2008 Reply
  • InASafePlace

    Dunno man, some things are hard to get... Same thing with "O My Cherry", the best song on the album, hands down. I just... don't get it.

    29 Sep 2008 Reply
  • fearlessweaver

    When is ANYBODY going to pay attention to this excellent work? I've sung its praises whenever given the opportunity; so far, no takers. IWROMMLL is by a good measure my favorite album of the year.

    27 Sep 2008 Reply
  • InASafePlace

    When Le grand magistery is going to add the album to the site...

    18 Sep 2008 Reply
  • sinsofthedove

    So, when is going to figure out that they released a new album?

    18 Sep 2008 Reply
  • kairi990

    Get their album for free on!!

    18 Aug 2008 Reply
  • fakepalindromes

    i cannot get this band's name to tag correctly and it drives me mad. same with akron/family. you end up with either "pas" or "cal", but never the whole thing.

    6 Aug 2008 Reply
  • Aeroaviones

    They do deserve the hype.

    31 Jul 2008 Reply
  • Huluvu1337

    very great. i think they're gonna be hyped soon. justifiedly.

    27 Jul 2008 Reply
  • Marshallmaddnes

    likin the new album

    10 Jul 2008 Reply
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