UK natives Louis Collins and Ed Van Egan, collectively known as the Pirates of Panama, released their first single “Been There Before” in August. The song is off of their upcoming EP, The Chase, set to be released October 2, 2015. The Pirates worked with the multi-platinum, award-winning Simon Henderson to bring out the intricacies of their unique sound. Henderson is known for working with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Jake E. Lee, Dennis Stratton (Iron Maiden) and Steve Mann (MSG) during the early years of metal in East London with his first band TaraZara. He has over 8 million records sold as a Sony BMG producer. All that is not to mention Henderson’s acting stint in roles in films such as the 1976 smash hit Star Wars — yes, dare we say, epic!
Of the Pirates of Panama, Henderson said:
The Pirates are young, fresh and exciting but with that familiar warmth you get when you eat your mama’s home cooking. Their music makes me want to drive my car and reminds me of the best days of my rock and roll life.
No doubt that Pirates will not disappoint rock fans. When asked about the sound and development of Pirates, Van Egan, the band’s guitarist, com
mented: We have rediscovered a seemingly lost fun rock sound that the hard-hitting UK bands were known for like Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, the legendary Rolling Stones combined and it with a new era […] It’s been great to work with a renowned producer like [Simon] that has something and something it helps elevate us as a band.
The Pirates’ lead vocalist and bassist, Louis Collins, was questioned about why “Been There Before” is relatable to rock fans and what it means to him:
I look at “Been There Before” as a déjà vu song on the path to success. I feel like everyone has felt like the accomplishments they’ve earned is like being somewhere you’ve already
been, more like you’re glad to be back where you belong for the first time.
We look forward to more updates from these Brits as they hop the pond and gear up for U.S. show dates. Pirates Of Panama are kicking off their LA Tour at the legendary Whisky a Go Go on October 1, 2015. Visit their official website for more info.
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Released Aug. 14, off of their upcoming EP, “The Chase” releasing Oct. 2, 2015. .