O.C. Bands Keep The Good Music Flowing

O.C. Bands Keep The Good Music Flowing

Panoramic and Arden Klawitter + the Powerclaps release killer new albums!

A few months ago if you would’ve asked me to name a local band in Orange County, I probably could’ve only named 1. I wasn't aware of the thriving and growing local scene that Orange County has. In my ongoing quest to find new music to devour with my ears I discovered lots of local bands. I learned about this rad little record label Pacific Nature Records which is owned and run by Alyx Poska. In learning about that label I was given the opportunity to review 2 of Pacific Nature’s newest releases.

Panoramic- Not Exactly

Panoramic is a progressive rock/punk band from Fountain Valley,CA. The album Not Exactly is the newest effort put forth by the dudes in Panoramic. The album is composed of 9 well written songs. The things that stuck with me the most throughout the album were the really cool instrumental parts and the vocals. The 2nd track “Cold” has a basic sounding drum beat but with all the layers on top of each other, that basic drum beat stood out the most. The use of piano on the album wasn't something that was expected. On the song “Okay” the piano starts off the song and then the space sounds come in, so you feel like your in space but with a piano. The idea of spacey sounds might sound peculiar and mixed with piano might sound extra peculiar but you have to listen to it. For some odd reason, it totally works.

Overall, my favorite song on this album was “You Don’t Mean”. The acoustic guitar and the piano work really well together with the layered vocals. The chorus is catchy enough to get stuck in your head all day. The last thing about this song that I really enjoyed were the vocals. The song is 3 1/2 minutes long and the last 30 seconds or so are instrumental. In the beginning of the song the vocals sound pretty normal. During the chorus the vocals change and they just make you happy.

Arden Klawitter + the Powerclaps- Arden Klawitter

Arden Klawitter is a solo musician and for this self-titled EP he used a backing band that he called The Powerclaps.

First things first, the CD packaging for this album is scented, extra points for that alone. I’ve never owned a scented album and now that I do, I want all my favorite bands to scent their albums too.

Right off the bat, this album was interesting, it’s full of interesting instruments and genre changes. The weirdest song on this album was “Naegleria/Bobcat”. It was not a bad song by any means just really weird because it starts out with a fuzzy guitar, then goes soft then at the end turns into a metal song. It added an unexpected element to the song which you wouldn't expect from listening to the rest of the album. “Room Caught Fire” was another song that stuck out because it totally changes the feel of the album from what was previously heard on the 1st song. The 1st song is chill and then “Room Caught Fire” spikes up the tempo. It begins with a driving guitar and drums that reflect that guitar. The vocals come in and everything is pretty much the same sound wise until near the end of the song. The coolest part of this song happens toward the end when this big instrumental part happens. It’s just this cool guitar melody and the drums, pounding bass line and more space noises for the last minute of the song.

On this album my favorite song was the last song “2015”. Lyrically this song stood out, the way it was sung and the feel of the song. The style of the song reminded me of older music, like from the 50’s. The vocals were strong on this song and that added to the style of the song. What stood out the most about this song though were the lyrics. The lyrics “2015 felt vacant” stood out the most because I’ve never heard someone describe something like that. Good lyrics are an important element in a song because that usually means that a lot of thought went into the song.

Having never heard of this guy before, I was impressed and plan on listening to more of his stuff.

Good music is hard to find sometimes but these 2 albums prove that Orange County is still cranking out good music and good vibes.

Check the tunes out here: https://pacificnature.bandcamp.com/releases

Cover Image Credit: Pacific Nature Records

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50 Quotes from the Best Vines

If you're picturing the vines in your head, you're doing it right

In 2017 we had to say goodbye to one of the best websites to ever roam the internet: Vine. In case you have been living under a rock since 2013, Vine was -(sad face)- a website and app that took the internet and the app store by storm in Winter 2013. It contained 6-second videos that were mostly comedy- but there were other genres including music, sports, cool tricks and different trends. Vine stars would get together and plan out a vine and film it till they got it right.

It was owned by Twitter and it was shut down because of so many reasons; the viners were leaving and making money from Youtube, there was simply no money in it and Twitter wanted us to suffer.

There's been a ton of threads on Twitter of everyone's favorite vines so I thought I'd jump in and share some of my favorites. So without further ado, here are some quotes of vines that most vine fanatics would know.

1. "AHH...Stahhp. I coulda dropped mah croissant"

2. "Nate how are those chicken strips?" "F%#K YA CHICKEN STRIPS.....F%#K ya chicken strips!"

3. "Road work ahead? Uh Yea, I sure hope it does"

4. "Happy Crimus...." "It's crismun..." "Merry crisis" "Merry chrysler"

5. "...Hi Welcome to Chili's"

6. "HoW dO yOu kNoW wHaT's gOoD fOr mE?" "THAT'S MY OPINIONNN!!!.."

7."Welcome to Bible Study. We're all children of Jesus... Kumbaya my looordd"

8. Hi my name's Trey, I have a basketball game tomorrow. Well I'm a point guard, I got shoe game..."

9. "It's a avocadooo...thanks"

10. "Yo how much money do you have?" "69 cents" "AYE you know what that means?" "I don't have enough money for chicken nuggets"

11. "Hurricane Katrina? More like Hurricane Tortilla."

12. "Hey Tara you want some?" "This b*%th empty. YEET!"

13. "Get to Del Taco. They got a new thing called Freesha-- Free-- Freeshavaca do"

14. "Mothertrucker dude that hurt like a buttcheek on a stick"

15. "Two brooss chillin in a hot tub 5 feet apart cuz they're not gay"

16. "Jared can you read number 23 for the class?" "No I cannot.... What up I'm Jared, I'm 19 and I never f#@%in learned how to read."

17. "Not to be racist or anything but Asian people SSUUGHHH"

18. 18. "I wanna be a cowboy baby... I wanna be a cowboy baby"

19. "Hey, I'm lesbian" "I thought you were American"

20. "I spilled lipstick in your Valentino bag" "you spilled- whaghwhha- lipstick in my Valentino White bag?"

21. "What's better than this? Guys bein dudes"

22. "How'd you get these bumps? ya got eggzma?" "I got what?" "You got eggzma?"

23. "WHAT ARE THOSEEEEE?" "THEY are my crocs!"

24. "Can I get a waffle? Can I please get a waffle?"

25. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAVEN!" "I can't sweem"

26. "Say Coloradoo" "I'M A GIRAFFE!!"

27. "How much did you pay for that taco?" Aight yo you know this boys got his free tacoo"

28. *Birds chirping* "Tweekle Tweekle"

29. "Girl, you're thicker than a bowl of oatmeal"

30. "I brought you Frankincense" "Thank you" "I brought you Myrrh" "Thank you" "Mur-dur" "huh...Judas..no"

31. "Sleep? I don't know about sleep...it's summertime" "You ain't go to bed?" "Oh she caught me"

32. "All I wanna tell you is school's not important... Be whatever you wanna be. If you wanna be a dog...RUFF. You know?"33. "Oh I like ya accent where you from?" "I'm Liberian" "Oh, my bad *whispering* I like your accent..."

34. "Next Please" "Hello" "Sir, this is a mug shot" "A mug shot? I don't even drink coffee"

35. "Hey did you happen to go to class last week?" "I have never missed a class"

36. "Go ahead and introduce yourselves" "My name is Michael with a B and I've been afraid of insects my entire-" "Stop, stop, stop. Where?" "Hmm?" "Where's the B?" "There's a bee?"

37. "There's only one thing worse than a rapist...Boom" "A child" "No"

38. "Later mom. What's up me and my boys are going to see Uncle Kracker...GIVE ME MY HAT BACK JORDAN! DO YOU WANNA SEE UNCLE KRACKER OR NO?

39. "Dad look, it's the good kush." This is the dollar store, how good can it be?"

40. "Zach stop...Zach stop...You're gonna get in trouble. Zach"

41. "CHRIS! Is that a weed? "No this is a crayon-" I'm calling the police" *puts 911 into microwave* "911 what's your emergency"

42. "WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? "

43. *Blowing vape on table* * cameraman blows it away* "ADAM"

44. "Would you like the spider in your hand?" "Yea" "Say please" "Please" *puts spider in hand* *screams*

45. "Oh hi, thanks for checking in I'm still a piece of garrbaagge"

46. *girl blows vape* "...WoW"

47. *running* "...Daddy?" "Do I look like-?"

48. *Pours water onto girl's face" "Hello?"

49. "Wait oh yes wait a minute Mr. Postman" "HaaaAHH"

50. "...And they were roommates" "Mah God they were roommates"

I could literally go on forever because I just reference vines on a daily basis. Rest in peace Vine

Cover Image Credit: Vine

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7 Random Thoughts And Deep Realizations I've Had As A Big Sister

Lessons that sisterhood has taught me.


I've been a big sister for about 15 years now, and my little sister has indirectly caused me to think about myriad things. Here are just a few that others can surely relate to.

1. I basically got the beta version of Mom and Dad's parenting, while my little sister gets the release version.

2. I'm supposed to be my sibling's role model, but I'm a mess who has no idea what I'm doing. Surely there's someone more qualified out there.

3. I don't pick on my sister because I hate her, I pick on her because that's my God-given right.

4. It's not that my sibling is babied by my parents, it's just that they are treating me like an adult.

5. I'm told I was originally super excited to have a little sister, I wonder what changed. Like what could my sister have done as a baby or toddler that made me go, "no I'm pretty much done with you."

6. Where's my thank you for not making teachers hate my sister solely on the grounds that we're related?

7. Hypothetically, would I like you more if we were full sisters, or do I only dislike you half as much as I could since we're half sisters?

I wouldn't replace my sister with anyone else in the world, I can't wait to see what else she helps me to realize as we get older. She's slow to get the joke, stubborn and is a little tone-deaf, but she puts up with an overly sarcastic, equally tone-deaf me, and I love her.

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