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The Panics

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"Cruel Guards album review USA"

Throaty vocals cushioned in strings and brass cast stoic shadows across jangly refrains as the solid, soulful Aussie rock of "Cruel Guards" croons cool, stone faced fables. Shifting slave chain beats between rousing hooks. The Panics valient hearts are well prepared for soldering on, delivering swelling, resilient emotions exploding into proud pleads and open armed anthems.
John Noyd Maximum Ink USA
- Maximum Ink

""What the critics are buzzing about this week is The Panics"."

One of the surprises coming out of South by South West in Austin was an unknown band originally from far flung Perth, Australia called The Panics. At a time of so much mind - fogging pop transience, The Panics (now based in Melbourne) delivered literate yet melodic rock that not only echoed the haunting classicism of such Aussie acts as The Triffids and The Go-Betweens but also the likes of Van Morrison. Finally The Panics strong album. "Cruel Guards", with epic tracks like Sundowner and the title track is available in the U.S and tour expected soon.
Cary Darling Fort Worth Star Telegrath

- Fort Worth Star Telegraph USA

"Splendour in the grass festival review"

The Panics have been gaining some real momentum since releasing Cruel Guards and tonight's show reaps the benefits, with thousands packing out the Grant Mclennan stage. The boys return in kind, ripping thru fantastics versions of Creaks and Ruins, and theres no room for no room for any more punters to squeeze in at all. "Twin Sisters" is terrific and Whitley plays on the mesmerising "Cruel Guards". The Panics are adjusting to their new found famewith typical humble modesty. Jae Laffer's vocals are above reproach and Drew Wootton's guitar work is steller as always.

The crowd is screaming for their favourite song but the boys make them wait a little longer. They finally play "Dont Fight it" and it's a tribute to the strength of Australian music that there are more people singing along tonight than there were last night at Polyphonic spree. The Panics are going from strength to strength and tonight is no exception. FASTER LOUDER

- Fasterlouder

"The Panics take on the world"

The Final gig on a national sold out tour, highlighted by a run of sold out shows in their adopted home of Melbourne felt like a celebration of the recent success; the singles 'Dont fight it' & 'Feeling is gone' are radio & TV staples and 3rd album 'Cruel Guards' was effectively album of 2008. The Panics began their homecoming with the melancholic 'Something in the garden' before treating the packed venue to a couple of faves from the latest disc in 'Creaks' and Motown adoring 'Ruins'. The Morricone flavours came to the fore during a brief encore of 'Get us Home' and 'Fire on the Hill' off their sun kissed full length debut 'A house on a street in a town I'm from'. The latter instrumental saw the band kick up their heels-it was the final gig of a watershed tour after all-with Wootton dancing up a strorm and Jules Douglas revving up the crowd. From Perth to the World, The Panics are on an exponential rise. They are going to be huge.
Simon Collins The West Australian

- West Australian

"Review of Cruel Guards album"

Gloriously seductive pop-rock from impressive new Australian band's excellent "Cruel Guards" album. Ken Barnes USA Today

- USA Today

"Album review Cruel Guards USA"

This new (to the USA) group is not the next big splash. The Panics are more like a small tsunami, caused by an undersea earthquake. A small ripple in the vastness of the ocean, but that ripple packs enough wallop to put you on your ass and make you do some serious dirt surfing! They're not acting like spoilt teenagers, or sexually confused, or wannabe gangstas whose histrionics populate the charts these days. They're just about plain ole good music. Correction: Make that plain ole Great music. As another reviewer put it "...Interweaving melodies and atmospheres over landscapes of rousing instrumentation". "Cruel Guards" begins with a drum roll, some handclapping, and then an elgiac cum triumphantly subdued flourish that seems to set the proper pace for this disc."Don't fight" starts off as if from a sunday hymnal, but quickly moves into a sophisticated , slow shuffle that exudes supreme confidence and subdued pride in equal measure. The band is fearless in its approach to making of music, unafraId to add strings, horns and a piano where they're called for ...The writing demonstrates sincere, well crafted poetry, seemlessly welded to well-crafted musicianship. Don't Miss this group when they make their US tour.
Lou Novacheck-
BC Blogcritics Magazine USA

- Blogcritics

"Album review Cruel Guards"

The Panics are very very good. The opening track, Get us Home, has a string preamble that recalls The Beatles’ All I’ve got to do, verses like old-home week in Tennessee and a chorus threatening to soar like a classic piece of sunny joy. After that, as with The Church at their 80’s peak, The Perth band effortlessly sail through vauguely psychedelic pop gems that are outwardly casual but are actually quite intense, carry occasional brass and plain-speaking piano and are always big on melodies. Excellent Stuff!
Sydney Morning Herald (Bernard Zuel)

- Sydney morning herald

"Album review Cruel Guards"

Cruel Guards
Opening with strings straight out of an Ennio Morricone score, “Cruel Guards” announces a change of pace for The Panics. The Five Piece have consistently delivered beautiful spare rock throughout their career, but with the lush pianos, strings and layered guitars of this their third full length album, they’ve beefed up their production without sounding overblown.

“Don’t fight it” is resplendent with hooky trumpets, while the harmonica laced title track see front man jae laffer affirm his place as a deft, poetic lyricist. Consistent throughout, “Cruel Guards” straddles the divide between pop and rock with arrangements that reflect the 12 months spent shaping the set.

During closer ‘Sundowner”, complete with swelling strings, Laffer lets us know he “spent six months looking for the rest of the rhyme”, a labour that has paid off in full.

The Panics have an impressive back catalogue well worth investigating, but for their best, most cohesive work, look no further than this record.
- Rolling Stone Magazine


Rolling Stone USA

The Kings of Leon’s Nathan Folowill came to check out MGMT’s extremely well-attended gig, but while the Brooklyn band were stretching out their psych-pop tunes in jammier directions he was raving about the Panics, an Aussie act he’d seen the day prior. “You know how normally when you hear a band you can list the bands that influenced them or that they ripped off straight away?” he asked. “We couldn’t do it for them, they sounded like nothing I’d heard before, really melodic, almost atmospheric.” Rolling Stone USA

- Rolling Stone Magazine USA


A house on a street in a town I'm from(debut album)
Crack in the wall(mini album)
Sleeps like a curse (album)
Cruel Guards (album)
Don't Fight it (single)
Give me some good luck (ep)
This day last year(ep)
Kid you're a dreamer(ep)
Factory Girl (ep)
All albums have been feature albums on Triple J and all eps and received ATB airplay. Dont fight it was also a major commercial radio track.



The band were spotted following a Happy Mondays tour of Australia and signed to their label by Gaz Whelan. Shaun Ryder later invited them on to a BBC radio show he was hosting where they performed 3 songs live to air and asked them to support Happy Mondays. The band's highly acclaimed current album 'Cruel Guards" won the prestigous Triple J "Album of the year" Award and an ARIA award. Their single "Don't Fight it" was named Top 10 record of the year by Triple J. Nathan Followil from Kings of Lyon raved about their performance at South by Southwest to Rolling Stone magazine "You know how normally when you hear a band you can list the bands that have influenced them or that they have ripped off straight away you, you couldn't do it for them. They sounded like nothing I'd heard before, really melodic and atmospheric". The late Tony Wilson, who saw them at In the City was a big fan of the band and played them several times on his XFM radio show. The Panics always sell out their tours of Australia and have performed at many major festivals. They have also supported the likes of Morrisey and Badly drawn boy. Lead singer Jae Laffer was asked by Noel Gallgher to support him on his solo acoustic tour of Astralia. The album is currently getting great reviews in America. Ken Barnes from USA Today called the album "Gloriously seductive". The album will be released as a double CD in the UK in March. The band are influenced by Bob Dylan, The Stones, The Triffids, Go-Betweens and Nick Cave.