Purveyors of dirty martinis and ritualistic rock’n’roll PAGAN return from the shadows once again to unveil their new single ‘Wine and Lace’. Recorded at Black Lodge Studios with Mike Deslandes (Coerce, The Nation Blue), ‘Wine and Lace’ follows their last single ‘Good Grief’ and arrives mere weeks before PAGAN make the pilgrimage with Wollongong hunks Totally Unicorn on their national Dream Life Tour this September and October.
With a dance-floor worthy backbeat, gloomy hooks and fierce, guttural power led by frontwoman Nikki Brumen’s chilling roar, ‘Wine and Lace’ chronicles the bizarre and horrific events surrounding the Lawson family massacre last century. On Christmas day of 1929, Charles Lawson brutally murdered his wife and six of their seven children before taking his own life. Their bodies were discovered lying in a row, each with arms crossed and heads lying on a rock, like a pillow. They were wearing the very same outfits purchased for a family portrait that immortalized the Lawsons on film, just days before they were met with a gruesome death.
Formed in Melbourne two short years ago, PAGAN released their first single ‘Heavy Repeater’ in March 2015 and swiftly hit #1 on triple j Unearthed’s Punk/Metal chart together with spins on triple j’s Short.Fast.Loud. Their first ever show on Good Friday last year was a sell-out, and showcased the quartet from hell’s heavy metal & hardcore punk-inspired energy that they have meticulously crafted, a ferocity that has seen them share stages with the likes of Clowns, High Tension and Bodyjar, amongst others. Fast forward to present day and PAGAN now have four singles under their belt, including an explosive video for last single ‘Good Grief’, a brooding and intense five-minute opus which showcases their sonic spectrum, and offers a visual commentary on greater societal pressures that can force women against each other to reach goals and achieve success.
PAGAN are taking ‘Wine and Lace’, ‘Good Grief’ and the rest of their unapologetically punk rock spells across the country with Totally Unicorn next month on their national Dream Life Tour. These shows will make for one of the year’s hottest, wildest and raunchiest parties, and it’ll be the first chance for many of you to view and worship the prowess and swagger of PAGAN’s ritualistic performance. Grab your dancing shoes, iron your best turtleneck and put the Campari on ice: you’re all fucking invited.
PAGAN are Nikki Brumen (lyrics/vocals), Xavier Santilli (guitar), Dan Bonnici (bass) and Matt Marasco (drums)
*****PAGAN ARE SUPPORTING TOTALLY UNICORN ON THEIR DREAM LIFE TOUR*****
Friday 23 September – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
Saturday 24 September – The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart
Thursday 29 September – Newtown Social Club, Sydney
Friday 30 September – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
Sunday 2 October – Yours and Owls Festival, Wollongong
Friday 7 October – The Foundry, Brisbane
Saturday 8 October – The Great Northern, Byron Bay