Pants films are go!

No shit, I’m in the final stages of completing the documentary, High Water Mark: The Rise and Fall of The Pants. It will be done in 2015. If you want to make sure you don’t miss any announcements about screenings, web releases, etc., sign up for the mailing list. I promise not to spam you with a bunch of BS. I’ll just tell you the important stuff you need to know about this project.

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Free mp3! – upcoming Pants film sneak peek!

Pants fan John Patrick Bowles has taken the Bolles siblings (no relation) cover of Wounded that we posted in May and made a handy dandy mp3 of it for your iPod pleasure.  Here it is, enjoy.

In other Pants film news, I will be presenting  a work-in-progress sneak peek at some Pants film work in November as part of Big Heavy World’s Indiecon 2008.  I’ll announce here when the date, time and venue are set.  Expect to see some clips from the 2006 reunion show at Higher Ground as well as some never-before-seen footage from the documentary, which is still languishing in post production.  I’ll also talk about the filmmaking process a bit.  There’s no link to the 2008 Indiecon yet, but here’s a link to 2007’s page, in case you want to check it out.

Summer ’93 – Pistol & Sandwich

These shots are from July 1993 in Hinesburg, Vermont at Brent Sanborn’s house. It was the second of three annual “Brent Fests.” Tom and Pistol had recently moved back to Vermont from San Francisco and they performed as a duo at twilight before Invisible Jet took the stage. They played as “Pistol and Sandwich” for a short time before forming The Pants.

I took these photos myself. I remember this was the first time I ever heard the song None of That performed.  That’s actually my Guild Madeira that Tom is playing.  That very guitar is sitting four feet from me as I type this post, fifteen years later.




More from the archives

Here are a few more photos from the pages and pages of negatives we’ve been scanning…

Tom, Pistol, Dennis & Nicole at Mama Kin Music Hall, Boston

Hutch & Pistol at Mama Kin Music Hall, Boston

Pistol, photo by Matt Thorsen

Pistol, photo by Matt Thorsen

From the archives

We’ve been busy scanning negatives from some of the archival materials we’ve collected from folks (mostly from Pistol).  Here are a few select shots for you.  I’ll post more as this process continues…

Tom & Pistol in NYC, 1996

Hutch, Pistol & Tom, NYC 1996

Tad Cautious, NYC 1996

Hutch, Burlington, VT c. 1996

Wounded performed by the Bolles siblings

May 27th is Pants Day!  Here is a special performance of Wounded by Ariel, Dan and Tyler Bolles, recorded exclusively for the High Water Mark film.  Dan Bolles is the music editor at Seven Days and his sister Ariel and brother Tyler are both working musicians.  They’re all Pants fans.

Ariel, Dan and Tyler missed the May 2006 reunion show at Higher Ground because they were attending their grandmother’s wake out of state at the time.  They played Wounded at the wake for their family.

Last fall at Egan Media Productions in Colchester, the three siblings played the song again for our cameras.  Enjoy…

Click here for a hi-res quicktime video of the performance (104 MB)
Click here for the YouTube version.

One leg at a time…

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 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.