Cardiff's Panic Shack return with new single 'The Ick', the latest taster from their incoming debut EP, Baby Shack, released April 8th on Brace Yourself Records. It comes ahead of a Scala show this Thursday with Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, as well as appearances at BBC 6Music Festival and DIY Alive in April and The Great Escape in May.
'The Ick' finds Panic Shack in typically incendiary and immediate form - a pure punk stomper rooted in the stomach-turning moment you realise a potential partner isn't the one for you. As the band put it:
"'The Ick' is about that feeling you get when you’re dating someone and they do something that really turns you off. No matter how insignificant or trivial - the feeling is irreversible and it’s really not their fault. Something that shouldn't be a deal-breaker but when you’re there staring your Ick in the face, there really is no coming back from it. Where their mere presence is enough to make you want to vom in your own mouth. You would rather run into oncoming traffic, whilst burning alive, than to spend a second longer in their company.
"It was written while we were on a little song-writing holiday we called ‘Tweak Week’ which ended up being more of five-day drinking binge in our quaint little holiday cottage. We were gossiping and laughing about past dating fails, sharing anecdotes and it just snowballed from there. Every lyric are actual things that happened to us and gave us major ICK! Someone really did shush Sarah in the cinema - if you can believe that!! (We can.)"
Its accompanying video, meanwhile, mines darker terrain and finds the band appearing as a group of nuns while deconstructing the various ways you can achieve the ick.
The band say: "The video is a bit of a different vibe from our usual boysterous antics. We really wanted this one to be darker and more serious to match the music and paired with the silly lyrics we thought it was a fun contrast. Our good friend Ren Faulkner filmed this one too!"
The EP was announced last month alongside 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. The single was featured as Jack Saunders' Future Artists Tune of the Week on BBC Radio 1, as well as seeing the band interviewed on BBC 6Music by Amy Lamé and Craig Charles.