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Belfast band fromed in 2007

About Panama Kings

Panama Kings are a band born of frustration. Theoretically formed at the start of 2007 as a respite for members of other successful Northern Irish acts, they started writing and gigging in earnest towards the end of the year, making a firm impression in double-quick time. With a few simple goals to keep it fun, fresh and to create an indie-rock-dance-party suitable for clubs every bit as much as live shows, the band refuse to acknowledge any form of industry pressure and are resolute in their manifesto. Their debut single – YOUNG BLOOD was released on We Collect Records in July to much critical acclaim and airplay including several plays on Zane Lowe on Radio 1. It’s startling to see what they have achieved in such little time. It seems that everything they go for they win – The JD Set Unsigned in London (with over 75% of the vote); prestigious support to YOUNG KNIVES ,UNDERTONES, BRITISH SEA POWER, DODGY and MALCOLM MIDDLETON. Already drawing comparisons with indie luminaries such as Modest Mouse, Pixies, and the Walkmen, Panama Kings employ razor-sharp Gang Of Four guitars over dance-rock rhythms, frenetic keyboards and just enough Sonic Youth noise to stay this side of melodic, with Niall Kennedy’s Superchunk/ Flaming Lips-esque vocal style perhaps being the bands strongest suit. With a steady stream of well-received gigs since their inception, every show is a different kind of chaos and the band have big plans to take this carnage much further afield in ‘08. Having already recorded a session for Rory McConnell’s show on regional Radio One and garnered radio play from Radio Ulster’s Across The Line and Huw Stephens’ national Radio One show, there’s everything to suggest that 2008’s already on fire for Panama Kings.

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