Pants Velour is to New York hip hop as cheese whiz is to Philly Cheesesteaks: undeniably satisfying, but terrible for your cholesterol. There is so much stimulation on stage during a Pants Velour show that if you have a history of epilepsy, you are encouraged to sit behind an iron curtain and listen only. If you are so fortunate to be able to view a Pants Velour performance, you’ll fall in love with this unique brand of New York City hip-hop, pop, rock and soul music to form a sound that can only moderately be likened to the Beastie Boys meeting No Doubt in a forbidden, star-crossed, extra marital affair.
The genre-bending music has been described as a "unique brand of hip-hop, R&B and pop" by USA Today, and a combination of "today’s pop-soul and yesterday’s hip-hop" by the Washington Post. The group’s irreverence is second-only to their lyrical cleverness and pop sensible musicality…so...third-only. They are signed to (*oxymoron alert*) independent behemoth, Tommy Boy Entertainment, and have played shows alongside Mobb Deep, Dru Hill, Magic!, and many more.
Pants Velour is lead vocalist Niki Darling, emcee Josh Raff, emcee Eli Northrup, guitarist Sam Coe, keyboardist Jordan Battiste, with bassist Max Calkin, drummer Richard Curtis, and backup vocalist Cenophia Mitchell.