Dr. Pants
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Oklahoma City, OK
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Little Weasel Records
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Dr. Pants

Dr. Pants is David Broyles, Kenneth Murray, Devin Donaldson and Josh Daffron. They are the purveyors of a style known as NERD POWER GROOVE ROCK; Weezer and Beck made a baby with Phish, and that baby is Dr. Pants. These four musicians currently find themselves at the end of THE TRIP; a double album that they released as four separate EPs. In other words, Dr. Pants have given the world a double album, one side at a time. THE TRIP, SIDE 1: ILLUSION & TRUTH and SIDE 2: BREAKING THE FEEL were brought forth in 2011, SIDE 3: WATCHING THE WORLD END IN 2012, and SIDE 4: THE BOOTY IMPRESSION at the beginning of 2013. A double CD set of the entire project will be available soon.

Dr. Pants is the brainchild of guitarist/vocalist/composer David Broyles. With a songwriting style that borrowed initially from the Beatles, R.E.M. and They Might Be Giants, David's first musical ventures took shape in OKC in the early 90's, when he started releasing self-produced cassettes and playing acoustic shows in local coffeehouses. After moving to Santa Fe, NM for college in 1993, David established himself in the Santa Fe coffeehouse scene.

After releasing three more self-produced cassettes in college, and returning to OKC in the fall of 1999, David became much more focused on working with a band and thus, Dr. Pants was born. FEEZLE DAY, the debut Dr. Pants CD, was unleashed in 2000. Towards the end of 2001, David put Dr. Pants on hiatus, since all the other original members had departed, but resurrected it in 2004. Recording of the album GARDENING IN A TORNADO commenced immediately, as well as a return to the stage with new members Kenneth Murray (guitar), Aaron Vasquez (bass) and Dustin Ragland (drums) (Vasquez parted ways with the band in May, 2011, and was replaced by Donaldson, and Ragland stepped down in August of 2012, replaced by Daffron). Containing 13 songs that (mostly) found Broyles returning to his songwriting roots, the album was finally released in 2006. At the end of 2007, GARDENING was named one of Music Connection’s top 25 “demo” recordings of the year. Numerous tracks from the album were also licensed by MTV and featured during broadcasts of “Next” and “Sex…With Mom & Dad.” Most recently, however, many of the songs from GARDENING have been heard on the pop culture phenomenon known as “Jersey Shore.” The song “Donuts” was also heard on “CBS Sunday Morning.” In 2008, Dr. Pants released THE CUSACK-LOGGINS EP. Then, in 2010, the band became one of the first acts to have their music video shot entirely on the iPhone 4. Directed by Kyle Roberts, the resulting clip for “Sarsaparilla Girl” has garnered over 58,000 views on YouTube.

And now, in 2011 & 2012, Dr. Pants has given us THE TRIP. THE TRIP is just that: a musical journey through two complete albums worth of music. “I set out to write music that told a story, or many stories, and truly reflected all the aspects of a life,” says Broyles. “Whether real or imaginary, fantastic or mundane, these are stories, emotions and songs that continue to fascinate, entertain and move me.”

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Members

  • David Broyles
    Pic of David Broyles
    Role / Instrument:
    Guitar, Vocals, Mastermind
    Influences:
    Beatles, Led Zeppelin, They Might Be Giants, Phish, R.E.M., Beck, Ween, Robyn Hitchcock, Run-DMC
    Favorite Bands:
    Beatles, Led Zeppelin, They Might Be Giants, Phish, R.E.M., Beck, Ween, Robyn Hitchcock, Run-DMC
  • Kenneth Murray
    Pic of Kenneth Murray
    Role / Instrument:
    Guitar, Arguments
    Influences:
    Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Van Halen, Weezer, Rage Against the Machine
    Favorite Bands:
    Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Van Halen, Weezer, Rage Against the Machine
  • Josh Daffron
    Pic of Josh Daffron
    Role / Instrument:
    Drums, Innocence
    Influences:
    Rick Astley
    Favorite Bands:
    Two Door Cinema Club, Crash Kings, Kimbra, John Mayer, Rick Astley
  • Devin Donaldson
    Pic of Devin Donaldson
    Role / Instrument:
    Bass, Backup Vocals, Sexy Biscuits
    Influences:
    Tower of Power, Deftones
    Favorite Bands:
    Tower of Power, The National, MuteMath, Jeff Buckley, Fleet Foxes
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Photographs

  • Photo by John Gooden.
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  • Photo by Rex Barrett.
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Audio

Robot SpidersThe Trip, Side 3: Watching The World EndPlay →
No FunkiesThe Trip, Side 3: Watching The World EndPlay →
Calling ChewbaccaThe Trip, Side 2: Breaking The FeelPlay →
The Cassette SongThe Trip, Side 2: Breaking The FeelPlay →
The TripThe Trip, Side 4: The Booty ImpressionPlay →
In the Name of the LordThe Trip, Side 4: The Booty ImpressionPlay →
Bowling With a GeniusThe Trip, Side 1: Illusion & TruthPlay →
Gas PlanetThe Trip, Side 1: Illusion & TruthPlay →
Hipster Kid/Sexy BeardsThe Trip, Side 1: Illusion & TruthPlay →
BootyfestThe Cusack-Loggins EPPlay →
Kenny LogginsThe Cusack-Loggins EPPlay →
Sarsaparilla GirlGardening In a TornadoPlay →
Doppelganger RockGardening In a TornadoPlay →
DonutsGardening In a TornadoPlay →

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Press

The world of facetious wit has always numbered musicians among its residents, and one band has gentrified the neighborhood with its latest release. Combining superb pop craftsmanship with a hyperactive sense of caprice, Dr. Pants new release The Cusack-Loggins EP is a trajectory of surreal ideas and a catchy cataract of fun. If you have seen anything by John Cusack or heard anything by Kenny Loggins you will catch the subtle innuendo to culture and identity that is immersed with dulcet intelligence and a clever phrase or two. Produced by band members David Broyles and Dustin Ragland, the six-song EP is a fiery mix of all the elements that make Dr. Pants a blast to see live; power poppy, Weezer-esque guitar rock, funky, jammy suite-like compositions that would make Phish jealous, and the quirky sense of humor that recalls the best work of Ween and They Might Be Giants. Careful not to burden the listener with stuffy instrumentation or ponderous lyrics, this release is, simply stated, a stone groove. The best example may be the song “Bootyfest”, a funky bass-infused jam that interpolates eclectic whimsy without taking itself seriously. Following the rocking fan-favorite “It All Depends”, which kicks off the album with a wisp of subtle seriousness, “Bootyfest” launches beyond its suggestive title to carve a realistic life mask from the conceptual clay of : “You gotta spend some to get some.” It is indeed an inspiring ode to the fine art of simply finding a platonic yet sexual relationship, or for lack of better nomenclature – chasing tail. The memorable “Cusack Prelude > If I Were John Cusack” duo couches its elation in lyrics like “If I were John Cusack I would make High Fidelity 2 and I’d make it totally awesome – it would be the greatest movie ever made”, and it’s chorus “Lane Meyer and Lloyd Dobler, Martin Blank and Rob Gordon” which is a kaleidoscope of some of Cusack’s most loved movie characters and feels amazingly like a song Jack Black would improvise on the set of “High Fidelity”. Maybe these guys collaborated with Black through www.SonicJive.com! Note To The Band: I’d close every show with “If I Were John Cusack” and let the crowd continue the refrain in a crescendo of a Capella love as the band leaves the stage to a sea of Bic lighters and encore extravagance. Note To The Band, II: (From the “I never saw THAT coming” constituency) Surprisingly stunning guitar about 40-seconds into “Kenny Loggins”, surprising only because it is completely unexpected and so damn good. “Cusack-Loggins” is a convivial and wry lesson in perceptions and particularity. Its unpretentious and well-crafted, artsy grooves work because they avoid the bombastic approach that worked against some of the latter works by They Might Be Giants or some of the forced efforts of The Barenaked Ladies or The Conchords, songs that actually try too hard to be a little too artsy. Which begs the question: is it in fact unfair to criticize a formerly great artist for his latter day sins, is it better to burn out or fade away? Likely, the performances of these songs in a live setting is far better. But even with the limitations of studio reproduction, the songs are quite good. As I said, “Bootyfest” is such an amazing song that were it released by a successfully mainstream artist (like Beck for example), it would probably be an instant hit. Grab the CD for eight bucks and if you still need convincing, you can download “Bootyfest” on SonicJive for free this Friday. –Michael Canter, Sonicbytes.Blogspot.com, 11/03/2008

— sonicbytes.blogspot.com (Nov 3, 2008)

“Dr. Pants are like bacon. Not turkey bacon. Awesome bacon.” –Jenny Lawson, TheBloggess.com

— thebloggess.com (May 1, 2009)

“Dr. Pants gained my love by introducing their drummer as Disco Pony. Their power-pop did even more to gain my love once they started singing about young men who love John Cusack (guilty), bearded hipsters (guilty), Firefly references (guilty), donuts (guilty) and ironic rapping (guilty). This band seems as if it were scientifically engineered for me to like it. Their power-pop tunes split the difference between Fountains of Wayne and Weezer, albeit with ironic rapping every now and then.” –Stephen Carradini, OKGazette.com, 05/05/2011

— OKGazette.com (May 5, 2011)

Can you ‘Trip’ like Dr. Pants does? For the Oklahoma City nerd-rock outfit, that means splitting its new release into four. Joshua Boydston, Oklahoma Gazette June 1st, 2011 Having too much good material isn’t the worst problem to have, but it does present a few challenges. Oklahoma City nerd rockers Dr. Pants didn’t know what to do with the 20-plus quality songs they had amassed for a new album. Their first thought was to pile them together, but a double-disc release seemed too big. “A full double album can be a little overwhelming to take in at once,” bandleader and vocalist David Broyles said. “For the moment, it seems like music is moving toward being digested in smaller chunks.” But a full-length followed by another one seemed too dismissive of the tracks that didn’t make the first cut. So they settled on splitting the album, titled “The Trip,” via four EPs over the course of a year, the first of which, “Side 1: Illusion & Truth,” will be released digitally on Tuesday, after a release show on Saturday. “This arrangement was the only thing that gave all the songs equal treatment without overwhelming everybody,” Broyles said. “They get to be on equal footing with each other this way. We didn’t want people to think the other release was leftovers.” By the end, “The Trip” will have assembled itself into a standard double album, although Broyles very much enjoys the band’s clever and deliberate release method. “I liked the idea that the small chunk emphasizes you were listening to one side of the album, almost like a double-sided vinyl record,” he said. “There’s a little regard for the now and what happened in the past.” For him and the rest of Dr. Pants — guitarist Kenneth Murray, bassist Aaron Vasquez and drummer Dustin Ragland — this huge undertaking has been fun and rewarding on every level. The songs and the EPs operate less as an overarching story and more as a summation of what the band does. “Each of the four EPs is like a little Dr. Pants mixtape in a way,” Broyles said. “Even before they were finished, we had rough demos of each one, and it was fun moving them around, playing around and finding the perfect order. I think there will be continuity between all four, but that they will all still have their little, personal vibe.” The act is confident that the fun, loose bunch of songs, which immediately recall Weezer and further beg comparisons to They Might Be Giants and R.E.M., are some of its best. Considering tracks from the last album, “Gardening in a Tornado,” landed on television programs as huge as “Jersey Shore,” that’s promising. The whole release is still taking shape; the second side is currently being worked on in the studio and has grown into something different than Pants first might have imagined. It looks to be a continually evolving project, although the destination remains predetermined. “The whole project being called ‘The Trip,’ the further we got along into it, the more appropriate it seems,” Broyles said. “There’s a journey aspect to all four, and the last one will definitely feel like an ending place.”

— okgazette.com (Jun 1, 2011)

Tight pop songwriting with a sense of humor Stephen Carradini June 1st, 2011 The cumbersomely named “The Trip Side 1: Illusion & Truth” by Dr. Pants suffers no such songwriting problems in its six tracks. The Oklahoma City-based quartet plays straightforward pop songs here, relying on vocals and lyrics to carry the release instead of the ear-crushing, distorted guitars of Weezer, to which the group is often compared. This is made clear from the onset, as “Move So Slow” is played primarily on an acoustic guitar and hangs on a lyrical device instead of a musical one. The clever song uses the ubiquity of driving and playing in a band as a metaphor for losing sight of loved ones in the tedium of life. There is a rock-out section, but the focus is thoughtful as opposed to “bashing it out in a garage.” (Be not afraid: There’s still plenty of rock to go around, as “Instant Insanity” proves.) But even thoughtful people can be hilarious, and the best humor is clever. “Bowling with a Genius” is a smile-inducing bit of absurdity that masks deep questions, while “Hipster Kid/Sexy Beards” is an ironic joy, poking fun at a subgenre that Broyles and the rest of Dr. Pants fall near, if not exactly in (there are Weezer glasses and an excellent beard on display in their lineup). It’s witty fun — I dare you to not hum along with the phrase “Sexy beards” and its corresponding “ah-oo-ah-ah-oos.” The tight pop songwriting of “The Trip” contains excellent lyrics and a firm grasp on the line between irony and parody. If you’re not listening to Dr. Pants yet, you should be. —Stephen Carradini

— OKgazette.com (Jun 1, 2011)

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Gigography

  • September 2011

    • 18thdetails ↓The Trip, Side 2 EP Release

      Sunday @ 8:00pm

      More info to come. This will be a collaborative event between Dr. Pants & The Wedge.
      4709 N. Western
      Tickets: TBA
      thewedgeokc.com
  • April 2013

  • May 2013

    • 3rddetails ↓Brickfest

      Friday @ 8:00pm

      More info to come! So excited to be playing Brickfest this year!
      Tickets: FREE!
  • June 2013

    • 29thdetails ↓SoonerCon

      Saturday @ 12:00pm

      Playing SoonerCon for the first time this year! We're really psyched, and hope to see you all out there.
      5800 Will Rogers Road, Midwest City, OK 73110
      Tickets: Free w/ Conference Registration
      http://soonercon.com