Panic Years


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Panic Years was formed in the winter of 2008 by two friends, Edward Everett and Amy Miller. Bored of the bands they were in, and even more so of their late twenties lives, the pair started writing songs together in a sleepy coastal community of Virginia. With no where in the area to play these songs, the two teamed up with local producer and former Capitol Records recording artist Mark Padgett and recorded a self titled EP. Upon its completion, the two got the hell out of town and moved to Philadelphia, PA.

Once in Philly, Amy and Edward quickly hooked up with kindred players, bassist Adam Smith and drummer Kevin Kurtz, and hit the ground running. The quartet quickly fused together a live sound that built upon the recorded material, enhancing and energizing it, all the while maintaining the integrity of the songs. In less than a year Panic Years received airplay on over 200 radio stations nationwide, secured licensing with MTV and E!, and became a staple in the Philadelphia music scene and east coast. The band mates capped 2009 by having local commercial alt rock mega-station 104.5 listeners vote them in as the runner up for band of the year (behind Columbia Record’s Valencia and in front of Philly faves G. Love and Special Sauce).

To start the New Year, Panic Years returned to the studio and reunited with producer Mark Padgett to record their follow up EP; Finally, Today is Tomorrow. Appropriately, the band recorded half of the record in Virginia in Padgett’s Earthsound Studio, and the other half in Everett’s Philly home basement. The record stands as an example of the band’s unity. Kurtz’ solid and powerful drum beats lay down the groove for Smith’s intensely melodic, hook ridden bass lines that provide the perfect backbone to support Miller’s textural guitars and Everett’s gritty vocals.

What was once a songwriting duo from the country is now a guitar-driven all out rock band from the city. The songs from Today are reminiscent of a time that music was transcendental. The intense dynamics, focused instrumentals, character vocals, and honest lyrics conjure up the familiar sounds of bands from the past, yet at the same time creating something fresh and new. With Finally, Today is Tomorrow, Panic Years has finally become the sum of its parts. A quartet of friends and musicians that are more caught up with perfecting the art of songwriting than being the latest trend in what has become a musical world of fading styles and hollow posturing.

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