Fort Worth is marching to the beat of a very different drum these days.
The Pajammas, a punk rock band formed by TCU students Owen Kinser and Blake Brown in 2008, has a new extended play album available.
The “Remnants of Fallen Walls” is The Pajammas’ latest offering. It is a 6-track masterpiece that will delight both die-hard fans and those who are new to the punk music scene.
The Pajammas formed in March 2008 and underwent a series of lineup changes before finalizing a group two years later, Kinser, a senior anthropology major, said.
The songs are fast and energetic, making the listeners want to get up and move, Kinser, guitarist and vocalist with The Pajammas, said.
Brown, a senior business major and drummer for The Pajammas, said the band’s influences included groups such as RX Bandits, Title Fight, Sublime and The Fall of Troy.
“Think ‘90s West Coast punk rock mixed with the occasional ska song and progressive elements thrown in,” Brown said.
Mason Neal, the bass guitarist for The Pajammas, described the music as “not technically complicated yet rhythmically unpredictable.”
“They play fast, move around and have the highest of energy for every set they play,” Ryan Danford, guitarist and vocalist for The Pajammas, said.
The Pajammas convey in a modern style the music which classical composers spent a lifetime working toward.
The first track is “Our Regards.” “Cleverly crafted” really is an understatement for this song. The use of the word “myrmidons” is mark of a genius with a significant vocabulary at his fingertips. Not many people would have thought of using such a word. “Myrmidon” means loyal follower, or to be more specific, a subordinate who executes orders unquestioningly or unscrupulously.
“La Ciudad Está en Fuego,” the second track on the EP, is crafted just as masterfully as the first track.
The lyrics in this song state “families and loved ones divided, but through death they become united.” These extraordinary lyrics speak volumes about the band’s creative process and subsequently their talent.
The third track is somewhat of a teaser for the fourth. The “Interlude” is operatic in nature. An interlude, case in point, is typically a short but simple piece which precedes the oncoming storm, the dramatic portion that is the next track.
The quality of the music The Pajammas produces is increasingly evident with each track. There is something here for almost everyone.
“If you want to hear a sound that hasn’t been done around DFW before, look up The Pajammas,” Danford said.
Shain Thomas is a film-television-digital media major from Scotland.
The 6-track album can be purchased for $3.99 from the band’s Facebook page at.
An unabridged, unedited interview with The Pajammas discussing their music, their EP and their plans for the future can be seen on YouTube.