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The Panda Band
Genre: Pop Hometown: Perth AUSTRALIA
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Yes, it is a bear, but it’s also a great band from Australia. More specifically, Perth Western Australia lovingly referred to in song as their sleepy little deathtoll town and suitably famous as the most isolated city on the planet. Isolated it may be, but it’s also a prolific hub of new music with The Panda Band at the forefront.

The Panda Band could be best described as art-tech-indie-pop. Art: because of their crafty arrangements – tech: because they play with effects, keys and samples – indie: because they are in the drivers seat – pop: because they are big on catchy, layered melodies and sing-a-long bits. You could also throw ironic, vaudevillian, intelligent and addictive into the adjective stew but at this point we’ll hand it over to the press.

"Picture this if you can. The kind of rock and roll circus music the Beatles gave us in songs like ‘I’m Fixing A Hole’. Throw in theatrical Scary Monsters era David Bowie. Add quirky pre-True Colours Split Enz and some Sleepy Jackson and Flaming Lips. Then you have an idea what Perth’s The Panda Band have on offer here. An avalanche of ideas, neatly packaged into songs. Memorable melodic hooks. Dark , psychedelic lyrics. It’s quite a package. I can’t wait for more. It’s some of the most intelligent, original, unpredictable, bizarrely fascinating music I’ve heard in some time."
(Ed Nimmervoll – Music Australia Guide)

"A surreal, swirling and eclectic mix of instrumentation and melodies. Flaming Lips and Modest Mouse eccentricity blended with the classic harmonies and quirk of Sgt Peppers-era Beatles".
(Bronwyn Thompson – Rolling Stone Magazine named as #1 in Top 10 Artists to Watch)

Besides the music, The Panda Band also loves touring. So much in fact that within their first year they…

 played 3 gigs at South by Southwest ’05 in Austin, Texas
 sandwiched the SXSW gigs with shows in Los Angeles (Knitting Factory), New York (Mercury Lounge) and London (Marquee Club)
 celebrated their first birthday with a 35 date national tour of Australia
 played at In the City Festival ’05 (Manchester, UK) followed by dates in Liverpool, Leeds, Wrexham and London
 headlined five of their own interstate tours

As the follow up to their 2005 EP Sleepy Little Deathtoll Town, The Panda Band independently released their first album This Vital Chapter (we’re almost not even here) in Australia (August 2006) and North America through Filter US Recordings (Sept 2006), where it was met with critical acclaim from media such as Rolling Stone, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and various street press around the country. The band toured the album in Australia, selling out shows in Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane and then jumped onto the recent Sleepy Jackson national tour as the main support. The guys are now working on supporting the album’s overseas release with more shows in the USA early 2007.