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Apr 2014 03

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This Thursday, April 3rd on SuicideGirls Radio, hosts Nicole Powers and Juturna Suicide will be joined by upcoming actress Anna Giles from the new movie Scrapper and local rock heroes Together Pangea.

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About Anna Giles and Scrapper

Scrapper burns with a quiet intensity, thanks to its star Michael Beach (Sons of Anarchy) as Hollis Wallace, the industrious ‘scrapper’ who supports himself and his sick mother by scavenging and selling cast-off copper, aluminum and other valuable metals. When Hollis meets troubled 18-year old Swan (newcomer Anna Giles), the two forge an emotional connection that breaks boundaries and changes their lives forever.

Co-stars Aidan Gillan (Game of Thrones, The Wire), Rachel Blanchard (TV’s Clueless), Joanna Angel and Jennifer Lanier round out a solid cast of players that deliver forceful, complex performances that resonate throughout the small film, skillfully made on a tiny $50,000 budget.

Director Brady Hall’s obsession with scrappers scouring his neighborhood’s streets drove the movie’s script, which was a learning experience for Scrapper writer and producer Ed Dougherty. “I never noticed scrappers before this movie, and now I see them everywhere, all the time. Scrap metal collecting is a huge industry… it has its own rules, lore and sense of culture.”

The film premiered at last year’s Seattle International Film Festival to positive reviews – “the reception was amazing,” said Dougherty – and Scrapper’s home entertainment arrival is a huge opportunity for more viewers to discover Hollis and the curious world he lives in.

“On the set, we had scrap metal as props,” said Dougherty. “Several times a day, scrappers would come by and ask to take our props! I’d say ‘No, we’re making a movie about you guys and we need these’. They’d say ‘Oh,’ and drive on to the next find, just like Hollis would.”

Scrapper is available for home entertainment April 1st on DVD and On-Demand in all formats, including cable/satellite, iTunes, Google Play and Amazon On Demand.

For more information on Scrapper, visit the film’s website, Facebook and Twitter.

About Together Pangea

Together Pangea are William Keegan (guitar, vocals), Danny Bengston (bass) and Erik Jimenez (drums). They do rock & roll as it was meant to be – raw, unpredictable, and probably dangerous, but also blazing with intelligence, emotion, and edgy experimentation.

The Los Angeles-based trio made their bones as purveyors of post-millennial punk, but with their third full-length release – and Harvest Records debut – Badillac, they pay their debt to the supersonic ‘90s rock that first inspired them. Slightly stoned but by no means slack, Badillac, reveals Together Pangea to be both confident and surprisingly committed, their audacious ambition already impossible to contain.

“It might be confusing for people, assuming we’re like this garage punk band and then hearing this record,” says singer/songwriter/guitarist William Keegan. “But we really don’t want to get trapped at all.”

Keegan first started writing and recording in his Santa Clarita bedroom, his teenage tapes eventually coming to full flower with the aid of bassist Danny Bengston and drummer Erik Jimenez. Known then simply as Pangea, the band played countless beer blasts in and around CalArts, their boozy mayhem and breakneck pop hooks quickly earning them frenzied crowds throughout the Southern California DIY scene and beyond.

A string of seven-inches, cassettes, and LPs – including 2011’s ace second album, Living Dummy, released by Burger Records and The Smell’s Olfactory label – followed, as did gigs alongside a veritable who’s-who of like-minded rockers, including Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin, Wavves, and The Black Lips (not to mention 2013’s epic “Burgerama Caravan of Stars” US tour).

Badillac was recorded with their longtime producer/engineer Andrew Schubert over three intensive sessions at his Tarzana studio, their roster augmented by second guitarist Cory Hanson (of the electronic pop outfit, W-H-I-T-E). While many bands in their position would have simply continued banging out the party punk, Together Pangea decided to throw a curveball at themselves and their fervent fanbase.

“We wrote like 30 plus songs for this record,” Bengston says, “half of which have the same punky bubblegum vibe of our last record. Then we had this other batch of songs, a little more melancholy, a little heavier, a little darker. I think in the end we just decided to try to not make the same record twice.”

“When I write, there are certain songs that I feel fit the band,” Keegan says, “and then there are songs where it doesn’t feel like they fit. At some point, I was like, maybe we should try some of the songs that don’t necessarily fit. Because I realized that they do fit – they’re just different.”

“To me, the album is so obviously influenced by the shit that I was listening to when I was 16,” Keegan says. “Growing up in the 90s, all that stuff – Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer. It wasn’t conscious, the album just sounds like that. It feels like that music is etched in deeper that music I’ve listened to as an adult. For whatever reason, the music you listened to when you’re confused and young gets in deeper than anything you might listen to later.”

Badillac will drive Together Pangea through 2014, their imminent plans essentially consisting of touring until they drop. Catch them at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on April 10th. A full list of tour dates can be found here.

For more on Together Pangea visit their Bandcamp and website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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