Volume 94, Issue 58

Friday, January 5, 2001


Don't panic - they're just a rock band

I know it's only country, but I like it

Don't panic - they're just a rock band

By Matt Pearson
Gazette Staff

Matt Werm of the London-based band Panic Coast, is on his lunch break. But lunch will be the one thing furthest from his mind, when his band hits the stage this weekend at Call the Office to promote their album, Future Projected.

Werm, who is joined by Roxy Corvette on bass and Brady Parr on drums, was a former member of the band Salmonblaster, but seems more satisfied with his current project. "I think it was a starting over, a refresher," he says. "Salmonblaster had a lot of pressure on us, but after the band broke up, Panic Coast was a nice change. All of this freedom was handed to me, which was nice."

Werm readily compares his former band with Panic Coast, but such comparisons draw stark contrasts. "I wanted [the new record] to sound a little darker and trippy. The pop element has diminished since Salmonblaster," Werm admits. He also contends that the musical soundscapes lend themselves nicely to the album's lyrical content.

Panic Coast's debut album, Future Projected, was recorded over a four month span last spring, although the trio has been together since early 1998. Even though there was no official release date for the album, the response to it has been positive, according to Werm. "People say what I expected and the majority seem pretty impressed," he says.

Apparently, the disc jockeys at Western's 94.7 CHRW are also impressed; the band's music can be heard frequently on the station's airwaves. "CHRW is a fantastic station and they've supported everything I've ever done," Werm enthuses. As for Call the Office, he refers to it simply as "home."

Whether or not Werm's musical career will become a full-time commitment over the next year has yet to be determined. The band members are a dedicated lot and Werm expects that over the course of this year, the emphasis on their careers will increase. Still, he seems hesitant to jump in with both feet.

While many up-and-coming bands dream of widespread popularity and a groovy rock star lifestyle, Werm and company don't have any illusions of grandeur, especially when it comes to major labels. "There's good things and bad things about any label, but I think a real indie band is what we are now. We don't need a label to do our work," he says, adding his band will take up all tasks in the process of promoting themselves.

In order to reach a wider audience, the band has been busy uploading copies of their songs onto the Internet for the public's domain. Werm is quite positive about the possibilities of the Internet and the open exchange of music, as long as artists are supportive of the process themselves.

As a jump-start to the year that may see their careers take off, Panic Coast will headline at Call the Office tomorrow night with White Star Line.

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