ORIGINALLY RELEASED 9/29/2009
Panther is back with Entropy, an LP of new material from the prolific Portland originators of "floor dancing". This vinyl gem features more of the jerking rhythms and catchy hooks Panther fans remember from their 2008 full-length on KRS, 14kt God, but these new songs move in a E.L.O./Supertramp/Pinback-y way towards more piano-driven than guitar-driven melodies. Charles Salas-Humara and Joe Kelly create a lot of layers for a duo, building songs that allow Charlie's vocals to float ethereally into other realms, while firmly moored by Joe's solid drums.
Panther have been touring the world over the past several years to exotic locales such as Beijing, St Petersburg, Moscow, Dunedin, Prague, Villafranca di Verona, and Brisbane. All the while making legions of fans with their unpredictable high energy shows and caustic pop tunes.
This is 21st Century Pop Music.
See them live for the full experience!
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE NEW RECORD:
"Their new album, named Entropy, sounds like they’ve gotten old. Not old like broken hips and stool softeners, old like they can dazzle with good ideas now instead of showing off. The whole thing is less “angular,” as they say, but a ton more enjoyable, packed with subtle, smart songs and blanketed in layers of warm piano and a late ’70s mellow anxiety. It’s a little like Steely Dan." - Fader.com
"That feeling you get when a band you already like comes with something new that just transcends? That’s the feeling you get from this new Panther track. A four-note piano figure; Joe Kelly’s steely resolve on the drums; a couple of solar-flare guitar lines; and Charlie Salas-Humara demanding goosebumps with the chorus, “When your love / It is sold / It is cold.” Man. - RCRD LBL
"If this track is any indication (it is, we’ve heard the whole album), then Panther’s still throwing crooked hooks and riffs left and right, but he’s also grasping towards gooey, gorgeous guitar music that’s the aural equivalent of warm fleece". - Impose
"Whoa, you guys, I’m totally in love with this new Panther song. “Love Is Sold” is the first single from the band’s new EP, Entropy, and it’s got a serious Steely Dan vibe going on. That piano? The driving guitar solo at the end? It’s like Charlie Salas-Humara and Joe Kelly decided to make their own version of ’70s soft rock, only filtered through years of indie rock and disco and whatever the hell James Murphy is listening to these days. It’s also definitely a major shift for the band, who have become increasingly esoteric and melodic since Kelly joined on drums last year. “Love Is Sold” might be the most listenable thing Salas-Humara has ever done, and despite the fact that the majority of the record features lots of layers and complicated arrangements it’s always in service of the song. Panther used to be an excuse for Salas-Humara to drop his guitar and spazz the fuck out, but I think I like this new and (relatively) restrained outfit better." - Willamette Week
WHAT THEY HAVE SAID ABOUT PRIOR RELEASES:
“Itʼs danceable, hook-oriented funk-punk with real-band dynamics and focused songwriting.” – Pitchfork
“This man is the best fucking band Iʼve ever seen.” – The Portland Mercury
“This one completely came out of nowhere and knocked us on the noggin with its sluggish dime-store drum-machines and subdued vocal funk. Dark dance floors and even darker bedrooms will definitely be petting this wildcat.” – XLR8R
released 29 September 2009