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Panic Number - From The Low
Published by Shredder
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Panic Number - From The Low

Panic Number are an interesting four piece band hailing from Somerset. Recording this 7 track album 'From The Low' is the culmination of years and years together - the members of the band have been friends from as early as their schooldays. Looking down on the press release, I see that all four of the members do 'sequencing' in their songs.

I then see that they put Bjork and Radiohead as their references.. so I just know I'm in a for a psychedelic ride. The first song 'Stay' comes on and manages to mix a mournful sound with an upbeat sound in an interesting intro. The vocals in this song are sparse and most of the song is a mixture of Chris Masland playing some thin drum beats and the rest of the band chipping in with keyboards and sequencing.

The song makes for a very interesting opening track. Track two, 'The Pinnacle', brings the vocals of Andy Howard more to the fore and he sounds like a duality between Noel Gallagher and Thom Yorke.. the song itself talks of love and how to make it work and is a lot more conventional in the rock sense. It makes for some easy listening despite the serious tone of the song and the use of keyboards is a lot less focussed then 'Stay' but this arguably makes it a better song. Track three 'Lights' starts off with some synthesised beats and an accompanying guitar that definitely gets you drumming your fingers on your desk. A very interesting and catchy beat. The rest of the song has Howard mournfully depicting another love related tragedy and his vocals are twinned throughout with an incredibly catchy synth line. Check the song out.

Next up is 'Young Worrier', a song that sounds alot like something you might have heard in the middle 90's - a psychedelic tune backed with groaned vocals. Number 5, 'The Race', is ironically named as it is one of the slower paced songs on the whole album - but it is definitely a decent tune. The rest of the album considers in the same vein - there is a lot of potential in Panic Number - I say potential, but it's not that they haven't met it but they haven't got as excellent a fanbase as they deserve.

This really is a decent little album and will appeal to a wide scope of audience. The easy listening, finger drumming songs are excellently accentuated by Howard's vocals and the songwriters have worked out some really catchy hooks and lines that make each song a bit fresher then the last. Get this album - like l'oreal, it's worth it!

Andy Cope (guitars, synths, vocals, sequencing).
Andy Howard (vocals, guitars, synths, sequencing).
Chris Marsland (drums, synths, sequencing).
Tim McSweeney (bass, synths, sequencing).

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