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Local Philly group Panic Years delivers with sophomore EP Finally, Today is Tomorrow


Philly’s local music scene continues to flourish - and another band to join the alternative rock space is Panic Years, who have released their Finally, Today is Tomorrow by Panic Yearssecond EP: Finally, Today is Tomorrow.

Panic Years  founders Ed Everett and Amy Miller, originally from Virginia Beach, headed north for a better music scene. They met locals Adam Smith and Kevin Kurtz and on the band’s new record, they have delivered a solid set of melodic rock. As you listen, you’ll be able to figure out the band’s self-identified influences which include Stars, Nada Surf, Silversun Pickups, and Manchester Orchestra.

The EP begins with “Our Futures” – an expansive rock anthem, with Miller’s prominent guitar combined with defiant lyrics: “Hey, wait – our futures have yet to be told… I’m not someone who has to be told”. The 80’s inspired "Let it all go or say goodbye" comes next. The song's upbeat melody runs counterpoint to the lyrics, with Everett’s confident vocals delivered with a delay reminiscent of Pete Yorn.

The influence of Nada Surf  is strong on the third track, “Farther”. The singer and guitar are nicely balanced by the Kurtz's crisp percussion, and the vocals telling the story of a man searching for his place in the world. The confessional, “I Can’t Help Myself”, begins with tick-tock drumming that transitions into rolling rhythm, supported by Smith’s bass line. The EP's closing track “Stay Up” continues into darker themes of trust and limitations as Everett screams, “I have occasional nightmares…. The faces and locations that I’ll never see…. Lies told in midnight air.” 

Panic Years'  lyrics rely on well worn tropes. However, each song is structured and focused. Although the band could use a bit more diversity among the tracks, the arrangement allows for each instrument to be heard clearly and the musicianship is tight.

If you enjoy supporting our local talent, add Panic Years to your list.

Panic Years are:

Ed Everett-vocals

Amy Miller- guitar/keys

Adam Smith - bass

Kevin Kurtz - drums

Produced by Mark Pagett at Earthsound Recording.

Finally, Today is Tomorrow, is available on iTunes, Amazon, Napster and Rhapsody.

For more information visit: http://www.myspace.com/panicyears  or http://www.panicyearsband.com

Track Listing

1. Our Futures

2. Let It Go or Say Goodbye

3. Farther

4. I Can't Help Myself

5. Stay Up

Contact Diane Cooney at DC@dianecooney.com