Pageantry 

Tuesday, Dec. 2, Neurolux

Small-town trio makes big beautiful music.

photo by Zac Travis

Small-town trio makes big beautiful music.

Denton, Texas, is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area, which boasts a population of nearly 7 million. Denton, with its population hovering around 124,000, is one of the little communities that comprise the Dallas-area conglomerate. Denton-bred Pageantry--Roy Robertson, Ramon Muzquiz and Pablo Burrull--reflects that dichotomy in its sound: small-town bedroom pop with a kind of big-city bravado. Robertson's far-away vocals and falsetto are wrapped in a blanket of fuzzy guitar but surprises like a slightly off-key chord or a switched-up time signature create addictive tunes and prevent any shoe-gazing from turning into snoring. Pageantry's 2013 EP Friends of the Year garnered the trio spots at SXSW and CMJ.com (which described them as "pop-gazers") and a full-length LP is due out soon.

Listen to Pageantry's new single "Spine" here:

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