“Badillac,” by Los Angeles rockers together PANGEA, isn’t just a breakup song; it’s a no-excuses, no-backsliding breakup song. In fact, frontman William Keegan ended a four-year, on-again-off-again relationship just after completing their album of same name.
“Badillac” finds together PANGEA influenced by 1990s alt-rock and 1970s folk-rock. Fittingly, the young band got their start in the West Coast neo-garage scene, blasting out rock & roll rippers alongside the Black Lips and Wavves. On the track, Keegan’s voice takes on an icy, reflective tone and, as the song progresses, the riffs become heavier and the vocals grow nastier. An unexpected harmonica closes out the song, suggesting that the band is expanding beyond their standby garage-rock sound.
“‘Badillac’ is about the convoluted nature of young love and the trust issues and infidelity that can tear it apart,” Keegan and bassist Danny Bengston tell Rolling Stone. “The harmonica is an attempt to pay homage to one of our heroes, Neil Young. In the end, we weren’t sure whether or not to put it on the record. But, then again, we didn’t expect the album to sound how it does.”