10 Aug 2019
Alter Schlachthof, Wels
In 1999 the three friends Foeny (vocals & guitar), Rene (bass) and Gonzo (drums) found the band Panica in Rutzenham, Austria. The name Panica comes from a similar named very popular 90ies fruit juice drink, which the band members drank on the train to school in order to kill the thirst after a wet and hard night. In the beginning Panica stands for classic Austrian Skatepunk. At that time Austrian Radio station FM4 gets aware of the band and pushes them with a live interview on the FM4 Morning show with Stuart Freeman. Very soon their music is known far beyond their home country’s borders and they are booked in- and outside of Austria. Among the many shows played some are legendary, as the gig on the Brandwagen at the Austrian Nova Rock festival. The albums „Sunshine On My Ass“ and „Invaders“ are released and Pene joins the band as lead guitarist. In the end of 2008 they release their third album „Not Everything’s Just Grey“. The song „Optimistic“ gets international attention and is featured on compilations released in the USA and Germany. This long player paves the way for them away from the Skatepunk genre to their own unique and creative sound, which may sometimes remind of known bands (like The Clash, Ramones or Social Distortion) but is difficult to be classified into any known genre. Their main influence comes from classic rock and –punkrock. After a longer studio break – Gonzo leaves the band and is replaced by drummer Schoergen – they release the mini album „Look The Other Way“ in early 2016. As a follow-up they now release another mini album titled „Lean Back“. The new album convinces through creativity and individualism but also appears more impulsive than it’s predecessors.