With inspiration taken from the far corners of the earth, a small group from Las Vegas has set out
to unite the world’s sounds within their songs. Pan De Sal is a world-beat experimental pop band that
formed in the winter of 2006 as a collective where different musicians from many genres can come
together to create music not found anywhere else.
The core group – Sheila Hall (aka Orange Sheila), Judi Brown (of Love Pentagon), and Jeff
Madlambayan (aka The Doodler) – doesn’t hesitate to use whatever instruments they could get their hands on to contribute
to their sound, whether it is a set of turntables, a bass guitar, synth pads, or a didgeridoo.
Pan De Sal’s live shows come with an energetic chaos that draws the audience in to their spontaneous onstage tactics, often giving out maracas, shakers, and other little noisemakers for onlookers to participate.
“There were way more people onstage than necessary, like it was 4 a.m. in someone’s living
room, and someone had the drunken idea for a jam sesh,” described Liz Armstrong, Las Vegas Weekly, of the Pan De Sal’s first show.
Their combination of textures, ambience, and schoolyard chants sculpts the band’s overall
package. Their lyrics also integrate many different languages – French, Tagalog, and Portuguese –
supporting the idea that music comes from one world despite conflicting political views between countries.
The band also advocates a socially conscious agenda; instead of money in exchange for merchandise,
they encourage fans to donate canned food and old clothing that can be delivered to the Las Vegas
Rescue Mission or the Rape Crisis Center.
As a part of the Uno Momentum Sound Collective, Pan De Sal works with and supports other
underground bands in the club that features experimental electro music. The Uno Momentum Sound
Collective includes other west coast acts such as Ex-Dinosaur, Flaspar, Atole, and Love Pentagon.
Pan De Sal is currently writing and recording a seven-song EP they will self-release this summer.
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