Today Panic Shack announce the release of their latest single Mannequin Man and announce their debut EP Baby Shack.
A first taster of the EP is released today too in the guise of its lead single 'Mannequin Man', a gut punch of elastic punk, buoyant basslines and chanted group vocals that finds Panic Shack's innate knack for an earworm hook in as rude health as ever.
'Mannequin Man' is a song we wrote about a guy we met in London who works as a literal, real-life mannequin. We were so impressed by his mannequin impersonation that we wrote the song about him on the megabus home the next day. Contrary to popular belief there is no deeper meaning to MM although you can take from the lyrics what you will."
Its accompanying, lockdown-friendly video, meanwhile, finds the band transported to the streets of London via green screen, all while never having to leave the hallowed turf of their second home, Cardiff's Clwb Ifor Bach. They explain, "the video was filmed during the height of Covid so unfortunately we couldn’t get to London and decided a green screen was the next best thing. Concept-wise, we picked a theme and ran with it (no pun intended) doing what we do best (punching and shouting) in front of a camera. It was shot in about an hour and edited by our good friend Ren Faulkner all the way back in March 2021. A slight problem we’ve come to realise is that we all change our hairstyles so frequently we look unrecognisable. But will we stop? No."
'Mannequin Man' is joined on the EP by two new songs - 'Baby' and 'The Ick' - as well as a trio of recent singles 'Who's Got My Lighter?', 'Jiu Jits You' and 'I Don't Really Like It', that between them received plaudits at press from the likes of NME, Dork, Guitar Magazine, Gigwise, Upset, Beats Per Minute and more, alongside radio support from Steve Lamacq, Huw Stephens and Jack Saunders among others. The EP was recorded by Tom Rees of Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard at Rat Trap Studios. The band call it "the first incarnation of the shack; Baby Shack if you will...a representation of our experiences and friendship: raw, honest and always chaotic."
Following recent tour dates with The Wytches and Grandmas House, and slots at Green Man, Eurosonic, Liverpool Sound City and more, expect new dates from Panic Shack to be announced very soon and in the meantime catch them at Scala on March 10th with Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, The Great Escape in May and with Yard Act at Birmingham's Institute 3 on Sept 18th as part of DIY's Class of 2022 tour. Keep your eyes peeled and be sure not to miss one of the most intense live shows doing the rounds right now.