PANIC INC.: Self-titled: 7” EP

Jan 21, 2022

This outfit—comprised of veterans of such ’90s punk outfits as the Force, Model American, and Eleventeen—pump out four nicely raging numbers that remind me a bit of what the early hardcore bands wound up sounding like by 1983 or 1984, when they had moved on from disgorging fistfuls of loud short spurts onto 7” EPs and compilations and had to figure out how to fill out full-length albums—there was sort of a lurch in one direction or another, a bit less concision, and a certain leg-stretching, but they still retained a good deal of energy. I get that from this, plus it also reminds me a bit of the first Face To Face 7” for reasons not wholly clear to me. Alternately, perhaps it sounds a little like the Straw Dogs playing Out Of Step-era Minor Threat tunes. Any way you slice it, it’s a punk record, which is exactly the goal to which it aspires. BEST SONG: “Weight.” BEST SONG TITLE: Well, just think of it as a four-way tie for first place. FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: The band states that “we could care less about being popular.” Take it from me, if you were in punk bands in the ’90s, I wouldn’t lose any sleep over being too popular these days. –Rev. Nørb (Wedge)