Gig Review: The Panics | Howler | Melb | 15.10.16

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Perth's (but Melbourne based) The Panics hit Howler on Saturday night to celebrate the most recent release of their LP Hole in the Pocket. 

The intimate show saw them play a diverse set featuring material spanning across their fifteen years as a band. One of the most memorable parts of their set was when lead singer Jae Laffer was left on his own on stage and performed a stripped down version of 'Don't Fight It' from their 2007 album Cruel Guards. The song had everyone in the room captivated by the energy and soul coming from the stage. There was also a little sing-a-along, how could you not love that? Another favourite (though they were all great) was 'Get Us Home', also from the same album. 

They also performed 'Hole in Your Pocket', the self-titled track from their brand new album. It was wonderful to see newer tracks like this one translate beautifully in a live setting. 'Passenger Side' was also a pleasure to witness live. 

Their on-stage chemistry as a band is hard to match and it's clear that despite all the time they've spent together, they enjoy playing music with one another. 

It was so easy to find yourself absorbed and immersed within their set and it was one of them shows that will stick with you for a while. They've spent the last fifteen years as The Panics, and I hope we'll get to see them for another fifteen years, they're one of Australia's hidden treasures. 

The Panics | Howler | MELB | 15.10.16
Photographer: Kristy Smolcic