Panic Attack Interview and talks about their release Don't Stop
1- Hello and welcome to Metal Music News and reviews
Thank you Metal Music news and Interviews for having us. Panic Attack! plays bipolar beach thrash punk infused with hard-core and acid jazz.
We live in Norway and our music has a flow that suits our surroundings with a sound that matches a skateboard ride to the beach.
2- "Don't Stop" is the band's new full length album. How long did it take to compose and record?
We released a demo in 2016 but really this album has taken seven or eight years because it just kept getting better and better. We were also able to cover two songs from the band OFF! called Panic Attack and Black Thoughts. OFF! is a huge influence on our band.
Keith Morris and Dimitri Coats were awesome enough to let us cover their songs on the album although they are not on the digital streaming platforms but they are on the physical formats, 13 songs in 28 minutes. At the end we were able to get Mastered by Maor Appelbaum! That dude is a total legend and he did an amazing job. We already had a deal with Music-Records in 2021, so that was also a good motivation to get it done properly.
3-What musical influences inspire the band's compositions?
I’m originally from the Redondo Beach area of Los Angeles, California. Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Red Kross, Minutemen, Pennywise, those are our hometown bands. I grew up on them and bands like Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, Beowulf, Excel, Dirty Rotten Imbeciles, Stormtroopers Of Death, Slayer, oh yeah! lot’s of Slayer, Corrosion Of Conformity, Great Britain Holocaust, Dead Kennedys, Dark Angel, Napalm Death, Poison Idea, Cro-Mags, Uniform Choice, Bad Religion, Butthole Surfers, Death, Misfits, FEAR, More Dead Cops, Gwar, DI, L7, Rich Kids on Lsd, Vandals, Descendents, LA’s Wasted Youth, Cryptic Slaughter, Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, did I mention Slayer? Exploited, Ramones, Sex Pistols, Turbonegro, Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Ministry, Minor Threat, Nuclear Assault, and tons and tons of Slayer. There are SO many more but I suppose that’s what you’re hearing. The rest of the band grew up on all those and many more. We were a good match.
4-The group started in 2014. Can you tell us how did the members all meet?
I started doing stand-up comedy while living in Wisconsin. I liked doing MC work, it suited me well and by the time I moved to Norway I had been at it constantly for a couple of years. Before I made the move to Norway I came for a visit and locked down a day job and a comedy booker. As soon as I arrived I was doing stand up all over Norway. It was going well but I was really growing tired of writing comedy. I have wanted to be in a band and make music since I was a very small kid. So in 2014 I started PA! with Ed, Donny, Bongo, and Per Oskar joined very early on. So early I cannot remember the band without him. I met the guys while introducing bands onstage at concerts and festivals, talking to them at shows and of course parties. All the musicians in the band have been playing (mostly) loud Rock music since their teens, so that’s just second nature by now. It’s mostly just worked by instinct.
5- The new album title is Don't Stop. Tell us the details about the content and a more in-depth meaning to this title?
I don’t think I can explain that better than the lyrics can.
6-Are the current members of this band part of another band or project? Or is everyone dedicated solely to the group? How do you maintain a good balance working together?
We don't play very often but when we do people lose their sh*t.
7-Have you performed any shows in your area? If so, how receptive and supportive are the people of your music?
Every year in honor of World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th we put together and play a show called Suicide Fest with other bands and give the money to our local at risk youth. The name Suicide Fest is obnoxious on purpose. It's designed for you to either love it or absolutely hate it.
8-Are there any upcoming shows or tours you can tell us about?
Panic Attack! has been sent by the Queen to prevent some deaths by suicide or self destruction. I don’t know all the details but I think some of the self inflicted deaths happening around us were not supposed to happen. I think possibly, some of those people were scheduled to go out into the world and do important things but they lost their way. We have very specific marching orders that come by a whisper and a knock.
Panic Attack! plays for the dead. Vaguely specific or specifically vague? You decide. If someone is reading this and struggling- We just want to say that it’s okay to not be okay. There is help, there is hope and you can do it
9- Thanks for your participation. Finally, what is the best way to get a hold of the group just in case someone wants to book or promote the band?
Thank you very much Metal Music NEWS and Interviews for spending the time with us, we really appreciate it.
We can be found on social media as @panicattackstvg. You can also find us at www.panicattack.no.
10- Any final words?
Listen to OFF!
Thank you again very much
All the best,
Dave & Panic Attack!--
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