Perfect Panther
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Perfect Panther

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We've recorded two ep-length demos at Soma Electronic Music Studio, engineered by bassist Tim Iseler, who is the in-house engineer there. Production was handled by Miles, Tim, and Jessica Hopper.


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Perfect Panther started out as an obscure sci-fi reference and a solo project for frontman Miles Raymer, formerly of Michigan psychedelic harcore outfit Trocar. He tapped John Dugan (ex-Chisel) to play some drums on a Neil-Young-meets-Elliott-Smith-ish demo he was planning to record with long-time friend Tim Iseler. Out of those sessions came the band's basic lineup. They added a keyboard player and a Factory Records influence that crept in unexpectedly over a year and a half of practices. The delay pedal got used a lot more, the drums started doing four-on-the-floor beats, and everyone worked on moving their asses. They played a bunch of shows at the Empty Bottle and other places around Chicago. They started making more ambitious recordings and settled on an overall aesthetic that combines the drive and elegance of British dance rock with the casual confrontationalism of a Steve Albini project, or the Replacements at their drunkest. John Lennon's funkier 70s work became a touchstone. Lara Hermanson, a hippie metal veteran, joined as the band's most recent keyboardist. The band's soaring-highs/seductive-lows dynamic solidified. Audiences swooned.