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The best kept secret in music



KING CLANCY at the Garage, March 3

Okay, you're George Panagopoulos. You've got a set of pipes that'd make Robert Plant jealous. You front a band of groove masters called Mash that's already conquered the Toronto music scene, so you head down to L.A. armed with a CD of catchy tunes. Things happen fast: MC5 legend Wayne Kramer wants to jam with you; Daniel Lanois is postponing U2 sessions to see you; Robbie Robertson signs you to DreamWorks. Now, fast-forward three soul-screwing years sitting on the corporate backburner. You've written more than 120 songs that just weren't quite what A&R was looking for. You've been dropped from the label . . . no album . . . no money. And your movie-star girlfriend has left you for Robertson. What would you do?

Panagopoulos and his bandmates — now known as King Clancy — dug in, recorded a new LP at their downtown loft, and made their first live appearance in over a year on the first Monday of their March residency at the Garage to debut it. , the new songs gave irrefutable proof that these guys have got the goods. Their set opener "Way Down" was the straight-up stuff rock & roll is made of: a good man wronged, wailing over blues riffs that sounded like they'd been written in blood. And every song that followed, from the cathartic-chorused "Subliminal" to the hard-driving "Organism," sounded like a blockbuster.

The tie-dyed vocals on the chorus of "Stash" were so hysterically catchy, they helped answer the King Clancy conundrum — what to do with a band whose songs have such universal appeal that they don't cater to any particular trend. Drop 'em, apparently. Well, you know, "Guitar-oriented music is on the way out, Mr. Epstein." (Liam Gowing) - LA Weekly...


The CD Volcano is now available.


Feeling a bit camera shy


Friends since high school they have each lived their own path in life. A path that brought them together for the past thirteen years on a journey known as King Clancy.

George has been called the best rock vocalist of our time with his incredible range of style and prowess, consistently in his own character. "I've learned what not to do and how to take myself less seriously.” His skill as a vocalist and song writer were fine-tuned during his tour at the Vienna School of Opera, and, on his 3 month pilgramage to the Mecca of Soul... Bourbon Street in New Orleans. He moved back to Toronto where the first evolution of King Clancy began.

Jodi holds the whole thing back with nowhere to go but groove. He learned from Steve Feroni first hand, "I play my best takes usually the first time I hear a song; I find that's when I'm not thinking. Just kind of...feeling." Jodi was the first and the only real choice for keeping the beat when George started the first evolution known as Salvation Armee.

Steve has built his sound on many influences and is a purist in every way; loves the sound his guitar makes with nothing except strings and an amp in the chain. When he plays you can see how the sound is pure magic. Some have said he was born with a guitar in his hands and this talent is evident in the studio or on stage. Steve joined the band and with their new killer sound they impressed enough industry folk to pack up their gear and moved to LA where for the next ten years they learned what the industry is REALLY all about.....

Adam is the newest member who caught the hearts (and eyes) of listeners at King Clancy's first back-in-Toronto show, bass face and all. Adam’s journey took him to the streets of London, England where he experienced playing the club scene on a nightly basis. Fate brought him home to Toronto where his calling has been found, as a member of King Clancy.

A word or two from King Clancy

"We're al playing music 'cause it's fun -- when it starts to become work...we're doing something wrong."

By word-of-mouth alone, the band has pre-sold a thousand units of their debut album, Volcano.

King Clancy's veritable course in music-making includes some of the World's greatest producers. They've learned the craft of recording and songwriting by spending time in the studio with the likes of Daniel Lanios, Mark Howard, Don Smith and Ross Hogarth.

One solid sound, they have found their origin. The band's namesake is King Clancy (Toronto Maple Leaf and Ottawa Senator Hockey player) who led his teams with courage and determination. His legend says he started over a hundred fights and never won one. He later would become a referee, coach, team executive and fan. The band follows this very same principle, to be part of the entire circle in Rock n' Roll. Listen, you'll hear it.

King Clancy