Panda Riot.

2 02 2012

Panda Riot. Brilliant name for a band. Is the music as good as the name? In short, yes.

I don’t really need to write any more on the band do I? Oh I do. And I will (or at least try to.)

Labelled as “dream pop.” You’d probably think, “Oh here we go. Another rip off of Beach House.” You’d be a tit to think that. You can be dream pop and still sound NOTHING like those who also fall into this sub-genre. Thing is, I do love a lot of bands that fall into this category but I’ve never really understood what the hell dream pop was. Is it pop music that’s dreamy and makes you sway your body? Is it pop music that isn’t bland and actually makes you feel something? I honestly have no idea. There’s lo-fi elements here. There’s a bit of shoegaze. It’s slightly distorted. Why is it called dream pop? I won’t lose sleep over not knowing. Although, I could look it up I suppose.

Panda Riot come from Chicago. Home to err..R.Kelly. Oh god, I know. Trapped In The Closet. What a wonderful thing that was. The midget, and Bridget (she doesn’t like cherries..yes, I’ve watched ALL of it.) Actually no, they are now based in Chicago but they’re from Philly. Sorry about that- my bad.

Their ep- Far And Near is something you really need in your life. You’ve got to get involved with Panda Riot. I’ll help you, so you don’t have to do anything. Lok, just click here : http://pandariot.bandcamp.com/album/far-and-near-ep

The more I listen to them, the more I’m starting to really understand what this dream pop sound is. I’ve started to realise that most of the new bands I listen to, do fall into this category. I have no idea who came up with it; but I like it. For me, it’s a style of music that just makes you feel good. Nobody wants to be sad all the time now do they.

If you love delicate vocals (if you don’t fall in love with Rebecca’s voice, go see a doctor- you’re probably ill) and music that makes you feel like you’re floating out of your body- Panda Riot are for you.

Oh, and they’ve also covered Paper Planes by M.I.A. Go listen to that too!


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