“Pan.a.ce.a has done it again. They put out a rock album that blows everybody else out of the water...period.” - Rock on Request Magazine
Update - January 2011
Regular rotation airplay continuing on Sirius XM Octane - terrestrial radio rotation and specialty show play all around the country - new single going to radio next month - new album in the works - click on the press releases link below for the very latest
Their music is engaging, with intelligent lyrics and high-energy arrangements that translate flawlessly to the live stage. With an enthusiastic regional fan base crowding every show, Pan.a.ce.a has risen to the top of the regional rock food chain and is getting significant national attention as well.
We the Broken is the group's latest full-length recording. It's an album that combines Pan.a.ce.a’s growth and maturity with major hooks and significant replay value. Andy Rajan, music critic for Wonka Vision Magazine, says it is “…a musical masterpiece filled with dynamic vocals, rock-steady beats and guitar melodies strong enough to make rockers worldwide smile.” And Cash Box Magazine's Christopher Adams writes that "We the Broken is the best independent rock album I have heard this year.” All 13 tracks were produced by Bret Alexander of The Badlees. Three songs, including the singles “Too Little Too Late” and "We the Broken," were co-produced by Breaking Benjamin guitarist Aaron Fink.
Regional radio has already played several songs from the album, now the rest of the country is getting a taste with the current single at rock radio, the title cut, "We the Broken." The Active Rock format is beginning to embrace Pan.a.ce.a with regular rotation and specialty show airplay on stations large and small across the country.
Back home, the band has just released Bare Bones, an EP that features six songs selected by the fans. Individuals voted online for their favorite songs from the group's existing catalog and the winning tunes were then recorded in an acoustic format. One new song, "Don't Walk Away," was included along with a beautiful cover of U2's "All I Want Is You." Bare Bones was intended to be a special project for the band's existing fan base and sold only at live shows, but after the label heard it they knew it was too good to keep quiet. The recording was released by Susquehanna Entertainment on September 21st. "Don't Walk Away" is now getting a healthy amount of local airplay, and an "electric" version has been recorded and will be released as a digital single.
The "official" Pan.a.ce.a YouTube channel will debut this month with a live video of "We the Broken" that was shot at a local club last summer. Next to be added will be "Don't Walk Away" which was filmed recently on location in Philadelphia, PA. The channel's playlist will feature the best of the many unofficial videos currently populating YouTube. Many other projects are in the works, including a DVD release, a live recording, licensing for film and TV, and a new full-length album that will be released in the 3rd quarter of 2011.
The forces behind Pan.a.ce.a are singer/songwriter Tim Farley, drummer Kevin Harry, bassist Matt Jaffin and guitarist Paul Young. As a group, they have many accomplishments including two full-length albums and two EP's which have all been critically acclaimed. They've been named best original rock act in Northeast-PA multiple times, and their music has even been arranged for and performed by the Allegro Orchestra in upstate New York. Along with a constant touring schedule including shows from Vermont to NYC to Baltimore, Pan.a.ce.a has also shared the stage with many national acts, such as Alice in Chains, Velvet Revolver, Breaking Benjamin, 10 Years, Rev Theory and Hinder, to name a few.
As their musical journey as a group progresses, each member continues to grow and follow their passion for music individually as well. When the full band is not playing or rehearsing, you're likely to find them each doing a solo gig or performing in some other side project. As opportunities for most bands dwindle, Pan.a.ce.a continues to defy the odds by constantly reinventing themselves and the boundaries of possibility. As Cash Box Magazine put it, Pan.a.ce.a “…may well be on their way to the top."
Pan.a.ce.a is managed by Terry Selders of Susquehanna Entertainment and Larry Mazer of Entertainment Services. For more information, contact Terry at 814-784-3270 (home office) or firstname.lastname@example.org. Larry can be reached at 856-751-2223 or email@example.com.
Tim Farley - Lead Vocals
Kevin Harry - Drums/Samples
Matt Jaffin - Bass/Backing Vocals
Paul Young - Guitar/Backing Vocals
Anodyne EP (2005)
All or Nothing (2006)
All or Nothing (remix 2/17/09)
We the Broken (10/20/09)
"Santa Claus Is Back in Town" single (Dec. 2009)
Bare Bones EP (9/21/10)
Too Little Too Late
We the Broken
Now or Never
Children of Tomorrow
Don't Walk Away
Don't Walk Away (electric)
Weigh Down (acoustic)
Cashbox review * 5 Stars *
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It's always a good day when a rock album comes my way, and Pan.a.ce.a's "We the Broken" pretty much ...It's always a good day when a rock album comes my way, and Pan.a.ce.a's "We the Broken" pretty much made my whole week. From start to finish, the album harkens back to early '90's "Seattle Sound" releases, with great guitars, well written tracks, and gave me a genuine feeling that these guys may well be on their way to the top.
This Pennsylvania group managed to deliver greatness on each cut, with "Children of Tomorrow" the album peak. It's nice to hear real rock again, as opposed to what passes for rock these days. Guitars that make you turn down the stereo to avoid neighbor complaints are always a good thing.
In short, "We the Broken" is the best independent rock album I have heard this year, and I would honestly be shocked if Pan.a.ce.a isn't booking a national college tour to promote within six months.
Pan.a.ce.a has done it again. They put out a rock album that blows everybody else out of the water.....period.
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Pan.a.ce.a has done it again. They put out a rock album that blows everybody else out of the water....Pan.a.ce.a has done it again. They put out a rock album that blows everybody else out of the water.....period. Read our review of this "must have" addition to your CD collection, and then be sure to read our feature on the band here on the main page, complete with audio interview.
Here is a clear example of pure talent. The hard rock band Pan.a.ce.a has recently released 'We the Broken,' a record their loyal fans (including us) have been eagerly awaiting. We here at Rock on Request have been huge fans of this band for years, and can assure you that they are a true powerhouse that has not gotten the recognition they deserve.
Helming from Wilkes-Barre, PA, the band has been playing locally for years now. They are a bit more hard rock than Breaking Benjamin, another talented band from their area, and their sound sets them apart from any other band in their genre. Their work is being recorded by Bret Alexander, who has recorded not only their previous work but the first album from Breaking Benjamin that led to their major record label deal.
With hard hitting guitar riffs, intense drumming, and soulful vocals from frontman Tim Farley, the band brings a unique blend of true rock and exceptional lyricism together in a way other bands could only aspire to accomplish. The things we have loved about this band's previous two releases are still the true selling points for us where 'We The Broken' is concerned. There are definitely heart-pumping rock tracks on this record, but Pan.a.ce.a can throw in a song like 'Stay' in the lineup and remind us just how effective a romantic diversion can be in the midst of a rock-filled adrenaline rush.
Featuring Tim Farley on vocals, Kevin Harry on drums, Matt Jaffin on bass and Paul Young on guitar, this group has become local heroes in their community and has never faltered throughout their career, but has instead continued to put out great music. The band has been named best regional band five times and has been awarded album of the year in the region twice. They truly represent the original music scene, and their latest album has definitely raised the bar. It is only a matter of time before these guys become global sensations.
Anyone who has been visiting our little corner of the rock world for the past few years knows what big fans of Pan.a.ce.a we are. For those of you still in the dark, Pan.a.ce.a is a four piece, hard-driving rock band from Wilkes-Barre, PA and we are very glad to report that their long-awaited record 'We The Broken' is officially available to the world at large. This is an album we have personally been waiting for here at Rock On Request, largely because this band is one that we have expected very big things for since we were first introduced to them back in 2006.
The average fan of music has their favorite artists that they follow, and because of this they may not realize just how many bands are out there trying to make it. The numbers are unreal, and in the end of the business I work in I am asked to listen to literally dozens of bands each week. Some I've heard of, some make a definite impression and every now and then there is one that just blows us away. The latter is definitely the category Pan.a.ce.a fits neatly into. While they have had an incredible following locally over the past several years, this is a band that rivals any nationally signed rock artists in the business today. They have shared the stage with many of those bands already, and with the release of this new album I am hoping they will soon be calling on them to support them on their headlining tour. If you have ever read our magazine or listened to our podcast you know that we don't take music lightly here, and this band very simply makes me want to bow down to the rock gods and thank them for sending their music my way.
I had the pleasure of talking with Pan.a.ce.a's frontman Tim Farley recently about the new record and all things going on in the midst of their exciting new release. You can hear our full audio interview here...
Wonka Vision review * Rating 5/5 *
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Many bands don’t make it to a level high enough to gain national attention and sometimes those that ...Many bands don’t make it to a level high enough to gain national attention and sometimes those that do leave you wondering how in the world they did, because quite frankly they suck. Then there are those bands that you hear and you can just tell that with the right exposure they are ready for the big time. Hello Pan.a.cea, are you ready for the big time? You certainly sound like it!
If you’re familiar with the mainstream rock world you’ve most certainly heard the music or at least the names of bands like Breaking Benjamin, Chevelle and the Goo Goo Dolls. Pan.a.cea and their follow up second album “We the Broken” fit into this category perfectly and though they’re not part of the mainstream yet, they may be soon. The four members from Wilkes-Barre, PA have constructed a musical masterpiece filled with dynamic vocals, rock-steady beats and guitar melodies strong enough to make rockers worldwide smile. Vocalist Tim Farley will make you shake your head in admiration while listening to songs such as “Too Little Too Late” (it’s definitely not too late for this band) proving immediately that his style is crisp and clean with a tremendous amount of range and variation. As Farley belts out the lyrics of “We the Broken” you might actually find yourself being soothed if you’re having a bad day or you’ve been trotting down a rock laden path filled with frustration. This is truly a vocalist who would be a real prize to any band who hopes to make a name for themselves. Enter in guitarist Paul Young and bassist Matt Jaffin and you couldn’t ask for a better combination of riffs to stream into your ears at full blast. Young’s gift of keeping each tune interesting and hum worthy is proof in itself that Pana.a.cea is more than a one hit wonder band. What’s more is that his choice of when and how to use guitar distortion ensures polished playing from the very first song to the last. And while bassists aren’t always given as much credit in bands as other members (unless you’re Les Claypool of Primus or Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers) Jaffin’s bass playing connects all of the pieces excellently. Lastly, the fourth member Kevin Harry keeps us alive by adding the element of rhythm illustrating that great drumming doesn’t always have to be overly complex. Pana.a.cea without a doubt has what it takes to get mass appeal.
If you’re the type to sing in the shower (hopefully you’re neighbors don’t mind) you’ll have more than enough songs on “We the Broken” to groan out while cleaning all those hard to reach areas. You definitely can’t go wrong by checking Pan.a.cea out. [By: Andy Rajan]
Racer X review
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Need a cure for the wintertime blues? Unless you’re one of the lucky ones who don’t have the joy o...Need a cure for the wintertime blues? Unless
you’re one of the lucky ones who don’t
have the joy of shoveling snow, sloshing
through slush, and generally freezing your
monkey butt off, you’re home right now
itching to fire up that shiny new four-stroke,
or dirty that new gear you got for “insert
holiday here.” Or you can fire up that trusty
iWhatever you got as a gift last year and rock in the
new year with District 6’s (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania)
hottest thing sans wheels, Pan.a.ce.a. Tim, Kevin,
Matt, and Paul spent a good chunk of 2009 laying
down these thirteen tracks, and at press time, a few
big-time music labels were getting ready for the boys
to blood … er, ink a deal. Go to www.myspace.com/
panacearock and check them out—the title track, along
with “Too Little Too Late” and “No More Secrets,” will
shake the icicles off your neighbor’s car. These guys
have a tight sound, complete with a powerful frontman
and synced-up rhythm section. If you live in the area
and you’re working on your frostbite, venture out into
the gray and see these guys live. For the rest of you
working on your tans, pick up We The Broken online at
www.panacearock.com. Dave Brozik
Praise for Panacea’s latest album nothing new
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Before the CD found its way onto record store shelves this past Tuesday, Panacea’s newest album, We ...Before the CD found its way onto record store shelves this past Tuesday, Panacea’s newest album, We the Broken, had already earned the band enough complimentary pats on the back to redden each member’s skin.
At times searing and at times melodic, the album’s edge is sharp but forgiving enough not to cut too deep and become too heavy. The choruses on tracks like “Stay” and “Children of Tomorrow” are perfectly catchy and purposefully so, somehow able to stick in your mind after only one listen and regardless of how much the listener is consciously concentrating on the song.
One by one, each song on We the Broken steps forward from the album’s blend to stand on its own and demand enough attention to make an argument that it and not the others deserves to be the band’s lead single.
This latest effort has elicited that familiar praise that came with 2006’s All or Nothing, of which the band sold 5,000 copies independently — best unsigned band. The band’s members — Tim Farley (vocals), Kevin Harry (drums), Paul Young (guitar) and Matt Jaffin (bass) — seemed uncomfortable with the now familiar moniker, with Young calling the phrase a double-edged sword. Collectively, all four seemed confident that in due time they’ll outgrow it.
“I think it’s a compliment, but when you hear it so many times it becomes a curse,” admitted Harry.
Seems the strength of We the Broken is powerful enough to remedy this minor ill.
Panacea was encouraged by the album’s producer, Bret Alexander, to make We the Broken a singles record. And that’s exactly how the album came out.
Before the band ever recorded a note at Alexander’s Saturation Acres, they took to their rehearsal space to create demos — a space shared with Lemongelli and resembling a place where the children from Lord of the Flies could have found refuge if they left the island and yearned to record an album about that experience.
“We would already start writing the songs thinking, ‘OK, what would Bret say,’ before Bret even really got involved,” Farley said, noting they’d already worked with Alexander on All or Nothing and the band’s earlier EP, Anodyne.
And they kept in mind his input when incorporating varrying time signatures on the album’s 13 tracks, such as on “No More Secrets” or “Everything Is Different,” even adding reggae to the album’s title track.
“We did that a lot on this album,” Harry said. “We took them to different places than we have before; kind of what Bret would always say, ‘Take them where they don’t expect.’”
It’s the early demo process that was crucial to the success of We the Broken’s end product. A self-professed tone freak, Young said the band’s sound for the album was on point before they made it to the studio.
“Everything sounds good without production,” Young said. “We could play right here, right now, and it would sound great. With the production on top of it, it’s the real deal. And it is the real deal.”
Able to trace their roots together back seven years to when Farley and Harry began the band, Farley said they really got down to brass tacks when Young came aboard five years ago. And now with Jaffin in the fold nearly a year, their chemistry is as strong as ever.
“I really thought that this record was the easiest to make because we have been together for so long. We all really understand each other and trust each other,” Farley said.
Panacea’s members may trust each other, but that hardly means they were always on the same page. They bitched, they fought and they argued, well, mostly Farley and Young.
“We were going through growing pains and trying to figure out where everyone was coming from,” Farley said of writing “Dreaming in the Real.”
Young stepped right in: “That basically means me and Tim were arguing about it. We were bitching at each other.”
It was Farley’s song and his arrangement, and he felt it simple enough not to have to write down and not to be tinkered with. “To you it is because you f&*#ing wrote it. Of course it’s simple,” Young said as Farley recalled the story. And so began the flame war between the two, allowing Harry to school newbie Jaffin on a basic tenet: If Young and Farley fight, Harry and Jaffin go for a cigarette break.
They all agreed that hashing out their differences immediately allows for a healthier relationship among the band.
“I’m not saying at first I didn’t take it personally because I did. It’s (my) thing, it’s what I came up with, you’re putting it out there and sometimes it gets ripped to shreds, but you have to just step back from yourself and let it go,” Farley said.
In the end, Young won out, but so did Farley. Sure, Farley wrote out the arrangement, but nothing was changed after Young read it over.
“If he would have just listened to me to begin with,” Farley told Young at the story’s conclusion, all four band members letting out a laugh.
For his part, the somewhat silent Jaffin won just one battle of his own: “I got to keep the ‘No More Secrets’ bass line.”
No more fix
Among all the album’s tracks, perhaps the most personal is “The Fix.” Though the junkie in the song is a woman, the experience is born from Farley’s personal struggle with addiction at the outset of this decade.
Farley sings on the track: “She’s shake shakin’ on the bathroom floor, cold sweat bullets and a need for more / Oh, you got the fever, now I know the reason you showed up at my door. … Dopehead, dopehead, run, run, run!”
He fidgeted a bit in his chair, taken back by the inquiry about “The Fix” before taking a measured and seemingly honest tone about the song’s roots.
“It’s something that I’ve never actually dealt with before, not that I dealt with it in that song either. There’s not any sort of atonement. It was just something that was on my mind,” he said.
Farley was living in New York City in 2000-01 when his dope addiction was kicking his own ass. He’s since moved beyond that addiction and said writing the lyrics for “The Fix” was easy now that he’s removed from that lifestyle.
“I wasn’t attempting to be like, ‘oh, this is the way I’m sort of struggling through this crisis in my life.’ It wasn’t really anything like that. It was just more of who I am today, and what I would have said to who I was then. …
“For me, looking back on how it was, it was just a real selfish point of my life as well. I was just sort of angry with myself for having done it. It’s not like I’m trying to still heal from it. I don’t know, I just felt like I wanted to talk about it again.”
Next big thing?
Perhaps being honest with themselves and with their fans, and combined with their increasing camaraderie, has allowed Panacea to create their best album yet.
Farley’s vocals are smooth and strong but never overbearing, managing to both stand out but also blend smoothly with the instrumentation and serve as an instrument itself rather than fight to be the sole focus. The band’s frequent adjustment in time signatures keep the material moving and unpredictable. Switching from melodic to full-bore rock, perhaps displayed best in the band’s lead single, “Too Little Too Late” — one of three song’s co-produced by Breaking Benjamin’s Aaron Fink — their scorching guitar riffs are complimented perfectly by charging bass lines and thumping drum play.
If there’s a more radio-ready album in the 570, send it to the diamond city offices.
Regardless of if We the Broken allows Panacea to shed the tag as “best unsigned band” and make the leap from respected regional act to well-known national band, they plan to continue writing music on their own terms.
“We’ll do it until we say we’re done. Nobody’s going to tell us when we’re done,” Young said.
Added Farley: “This is our best work yet. This is not the time to quit. We’re already working on songs for our next album. Again, this is just the beginning.”
Panacea’s We the Broken is available in stores and online now. They’re throwing a CD release party this Saturday, Oct. 24, at Pepper’s in Berwick with opening acts Ashfall and Lemongelli. The show begins at 10 p.m. For more information visit Panacearock.com.
Word of Mouth review
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If you’re like me and have been a fan of Panacea for ages (and, really, who isn’t a Panacea fan?), t...If you’re like me and have been a fan of Panacea for ages (and, really, who isn’t a Panacea fan?), then you probably have high expectations for their newest release. Well, I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to worry – We the Broken rocks! This is their most ambitious album yet, and, of course, I wouldn’t expect anything else. This collection of songs shows more range than their previous recordings. They get better with every new song. I didn’t know if Panacea could top their last album (All or Nothing), but they certainly did. You can definitely hear the evolution of their sound, and I like where they’re headed.
One of my favorite songs is the title track “We the Broken.” We at WOM can identify with the line, “I will stand up, I will be the change.” In the song, they not only vow to stand up, but they ask their listeners to join in the revolution. Some other favorites on the album are “Stay” and “Hold On,” which show a glimpse of the band’s softer side.
This album features something that is hard to find from a band in NEPA: Optimism and hope. Sure, there are lots of hard-hitting rock songs on here, and with a title like “We the Broken,” you would expect some songs about the trials of life, but I can’t help but notice that while they sing about what’s wrong with the world, they also sing about how they want to change the world. Anyone can complain about how the world sucks, but it takes a strong person to stand up and do something about it.
Rock In Review
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Pan.A.Ce.A is back with their follow-up album to their February 2009 release All Or Nothing entitled...Pan.A.Ce.A is back with their follow-up album to their February 2009 release All Or Nothing entitled We the Broken, and they are back with a vengeance! Weighing in with 13 brand new tracks, We the Broken picks right up where All Or Nothing left off and packs a good punch. The overall sound of this album is definitely melodic, but it’s also not shy on the “Hard” in Hard rock, and really, the balance between the melodic aspects and the heavier aspects couldn’t be better. One thing in this record that kind of popped out for me is the relationship between the bass parts by Matt Jaffin and drum parts by Kevin Harry. The overall musical and vocal qualities are excellent all around and they mix perfectly, but on this record, I got a lot more drums and bass (which I enjoy, being a bassist myself). The first taste of this relationship you get jumps right of the speakers in the first fifteen seconds of the first track “Too Little Too Late” with a great drum roll/fill at the start, then the bass becomes prominent as the verse begins with the vocals. From there, the musicianship stays at an excellent skill level and, again, Tim Farley’s vocals really mix well with the music (even coming in with a mid range scream near the end of “Too Little Too Late” and later in “No More Secrets”). As usual, there are some tracks on this album I would recommend for your listening pleasures. The recommended tracks from We the Broken include: “Too Little Too Late” (Track 1), “Stay” (Track 4), “No More Secrets” (Track 8), “The Fix” (Track 11), and “Everything Is Different (When I’m With Her)” (Track 12). Now, these are recommended tracks from the whole album, but really, all of the tracks on this album are solid and worth listening too. Overall, We the Broken is an excellent album I recommend to any previous Pan.A.Ce.A fans as well as any Hard rock fans out there.
PA Music Scene review
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The dictionary defines Pan.a.ce.a as “a remedy for all disease or ills; cure-all”. Well Pan.a.ce.a...The dictionary defines Pan.a.ce.a as “a remedy for all disease or ills; cure-all”. Well Pan.a.ce.a is definitely some potent penicillin that will stomp the sickness out of anyone whose ailment is craving some ass kicking rock and roll. Using an arsenal of crunchy tuned down guitars, hauntingly dark harmonies, and a rhythm section that resembles the sound of a Gatling gun as their surgical instruments, Pan.a.ce.a seems determined to prove that they are the cure for any musical sickness in the area.
We The Broken is Pan.a.ce.a’s third studio release; it was recorded at Saturation Acres and produced by themselves along with the famed Bret Alexander (The Badlees). The album starts off with “Too Little Too Late”, a melodic rock song with a strong chorus very reminiscent of Breaking Benjamin. The first thing you hear when the music starts is a blazing drum fill by percussionist extraordinaire Kevin Harry. Kevin really does some amazing drum work on this album. He plays lots of intricate fills and keeps a steady and tasteful rhythm throughout the entire release.
Singer Tim Farley’s vocals are very strong with an original style. Throughout the album there are some great dark harmonies present. I had the pleasure of seeing Tim perform two acoustic songs at MMC 14 this year. I have never seen Pan.a.ce.a live, so getting to hear a couple of the songs performed live was a great experience.
The title track “We The Broken” is definitely a stand out track with some off timed rhythm, offsetting some great lyrics, over a thick bed of clean and distorted guitars. Catchy choruses that will make you want to scream along with the words. A nice surprise in this song is a transition into a Bob Marley reggae-type verse. It is much unexpected but very well done.
Overall, We the Broken is a great release that will satiate the appetite of anyone looking for some great local rock and roll to feast on. Pan.a.ce.a seems destined for great things and they are definitely on the right path. After listening to their music, I will definitely be seen in one of their crowds!
75 minute headliner:
Too Little Too Late
Children of Tomorrow
Dreaming in the Real
Now or Never
No More Secrets
We The Broken
Day of Remembrance
2 hour club show setlist:
Set 1 (about 50 min.)
The Blind Lead the Blind
Too Little Too Late
Now or Never
---15 min break---
Set 2 (about 50 min.)
Day of Remembrance
Children of Tomorrow
Dreaming in the Real
We The Broken
Creatures of Habit
PDF RiderPan.a.ce.a Stage Plot
There are no upcoming dates at this time.