L.A.-based bubblegum-trash trio together PANGEA has been paying its dues for five years now, working their way from playing DIY spaces in Santa Clarita to opening for other bigger punk bands like FIDLAR and Black Lips. This past Saturday’s show at The Echo was one of three shows the band is playing—the two others being a December 3 show at Soda Bar in San Diego and opening for Bleached at Glass House in Pomona on December 14—before hitting the road for its first national tour.
Saturday’s show was an all-ages romp that this smallish venue may not have been prepared for. Video of the members and their friends at various parties around Los Angeles was projected behind the band as they played. Many of these same friends were forced to act as temporary body guards, as venue security was nowhere in sight. Hordes of teeny boppers rushed the stage and started a dance party, kicking over monitors and other stage equipment only halfway through the band’s set. With tween mosh pits and adolescent hormones running amuck, even after the band asked people to stop rushing the stage until the last song, dozens of fans began a series of stage dives that lasted until the end of the show.
Despite the ensuing anarchy, or maybe because of it, the band showed an immense amount of grace under pressure continuing to play amidst the hysteria. After the show the band thanked the crowd, and were even polite to those that waited on the stage to say “good show” when it was obvious that all the members wanted to do was collapse in the green room and make out with their respective girlfriends.
Photos and words by Annie Lesser.