Word association time: what do you think of when you hear the name Lo-Pan? Urban dictionary succinctly describes it as “ass kicking pwnage.” What do I think? The GODDAMN SAME!
With their 2017 release of In Tentions (clever girl, Lo-Pan), the band unleashes their new wave of melodic, grunge-like, hard rock with their singles “Go West” and “Long Live the King.” The album is unusually short by featuring only five songs, but quality over quantity, am I right? Their mix of a slow-burn guitar pace and passionate lyrics are cries to the influences of bands like Pearl Jam and Tool, and perhaps unintentionally, bands like Hurt. There’s a subtle violence behind the voice of lead singer Jeff Martin’s intonation, powerful yet restrained.
Pick up their latest album on disk or iTunes. If your passion for rock requires a reminiscence of hard but slow melodies, Lo-Pan should be on your bucket list. Or, pan list? Is that a thing? Who keeps things in a pan? Weirdo.