It’s a Pants-a-riffic week. Today’s issue of Seven Days features the very first Sound Bites column by the paper’s new music editor, Dan Bolles. Dan was gracious enough to include a bit about this past weekend’s Pants video preview. He writes…
It’s been almost a year to the day since legendary Burlington rockers The Pants reunited at Higher Ground for one last show. As Burlington’s resident number-one Pants fan — all apologies to Arthur “The Lazy Songwriter” Adams — it pained me no end to have to miss it. Not typically one for extracurricular activities, I joined the prom committee during my junior year at Champlain Valley Union High School for the sole purpose of recruiting The Pants to play our prom. They did, and it rocked.
You can imagine my schoolgirlish delight to receive an email from Candleboy Films founder Bill Simmon announcing that the concert film of the show is nearing completion and a special screening would be available online to commemorate the May 27 anniversary of the show.
After a few deep breaths from my inhaler and a cold shower, I headed over to www.candleboy.com/thepants and was treated to six-and-a-half minutes of pure, unbridled fan-boy ecstasy. The preview clip features “Vermont,” from The Pants debut EP, and is even better than I remember it. Sound for the show, and the film, was engineered by local mixing guru Joe Egan and, even through the iPod format I saw, it sounds perfect. A “crazy-ass high-rez” surround-sound version is also available for tech-geeks with QuickTime 7.
There is no official release date set for Never Too Late: The Pants Live at Higher Ground, but check out Candleboy for the sneak peek, a trailer for an in-the-works Pants documentary, and to sign up for email updates on both projects.
Careful readers will see The Pants elsewhere in Dan’s column too. Two of the other “bites” were also about ex-Pants. Front man Tom Lawson’s current band, Activists/Dictators, is playing as part of a Walt Whitman homage show (yes, you read that correctly) this Thursday at Metronome, and Pants drummer Neil Cleary is opening for Phish keyboardist Page McConnell tonight at Higher Ground and on the rest of McConnell’s national solo tour.
According to Dan’s column, Neil will be selling advance copies of his new album, I Was Thinking of You the Whole Time, at tonight’s show.
So it’s a good week to get your Pants on.