Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Panic State.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
PANIC STATE: Scott strikes a single chord. Before he can breathe, Daniel produces an eloquent, yet ear bleedingly loud drum beat. Tom plays bass like lead guitar and shrieks with equal parts shame and fear. That’s it. That’s Panic State.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
PANIC STATE: Our biggest early influence was probably Muse, we all loved their music and their live shows as well, so we drew a lot of inspiration from them, but we each try to bring in some of our own influences. Tom massively admires Freddie Mercury as a frontman, with his self-confident demeanor and ability to control a crowd with such ease. Scott is constantly playing Santana licks so we assume he likes him. Daniel thinks Dom Howard is cute. In terms of non-musical influences, we’re not really a band that writes massively political or philosophical songs – we write mainly on experiences really. Tom got a lot of inspiration from trips to New Zealand, the way of life out there and the sense of escapism, so I suppose that counts. He also loves Diogenes, in that he likes to live in a barrel, criticize Plato and die of food poisoning from eating a raw ox foot.
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
PANIC STATE: Our latest single is called ‘Turn Around’, and it’s hugely energetic with an upbeat instrumental and catchy lyrics that are designed to be relatable. We think it’s really fun, and the reviews we’ve had so far have been massively positive. It’s our biggest song to date, and has helped to massively expand our audience.
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
PANIC STATE: Fun, and a hell of a lot of energy. We like to have a lot of fun on stage so we joke around a bit, but we want to give 100% to each of our shows. Panic State gig bingo: Intense eye contact, One of us making a joke no one laughs at, sweat (mostly Daniel’s), more eye contact, a female pop song cover from the 2000s, The Rampage, pink clothes, Tom’s voice breaking at the end of the gig cause he can’t cope – vocally and existentially.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
PANIC STATE: In five years we’ll all be over 27, so we’ll either be super famous or dead. Maybe super famous because we’re dead…