JOHNNY PANIC +THE REPUTATION (Elizabeth Elmore ex-Sarge)
+ Harem Pilots, Carpathia
Friday, Jan 21st, Dry Bar, Manchester. £5 adv, £6. 7.30pm.
On 21st January the Dry Bar welcomes a first class lineup of local, national and international talent, topped off by Johnny Panic and The Reputations.
Hot on the heels of their last appearance in Manchester supporting Colour of Fire, East-enders Johnny Panic link appear to be making good on their word to be the hardest working band around. Named from and inspired by the Sylvia Plath short story 'Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams', they state that Johnny Panic is something above and bigger than the sum of them as individuals. Taking their cue musically from classic rock, two-tone and punk, the band unpretentiously describe their sound as simply “rock 'n' roll” and have drawn comparisons with the esteemed likes of The Pixies and 'The Holy Bible'-era Manics. Nominated for a Best Newcomer award in Kerrang after just two singles, the band are on the brink of releasing debut album 'The Violent Dazzling' and look set to be one of rock “n” roll's success stories of the year.
From Champaign, Illinois, Elizabeth Elmore emerged from the ashes of Sarge, one of the biggest breakthrough alternative acts in America in the late 90s, to form The Reputation link . Releasing their self-titled debut in 2002, the band followed this up with second album 'To Force a Fate' last year on Lookout! Records. Whilst still exhibiting the blistering power-pop and brutal, piercing lyrical honesty of her former band, The Reputation benefit from a more diverse sound, reflecting Elmore's love of alt-country and post-hardcore and childhood influences such as classical and 80's pop. Elmore's
hunger, talent and heart-melting voice remain intact and present to be witnessed on this rare trip to the UK.
“… Johnny Panic have the right get-up-and-go attitude, enthusiasm, dreams and talent to take them to the top of the rock tree.” XFM
“'The Reputation' has the feel of a confident songwriter… you start to
understand that you're hearing a songwriter who has started to fully grasp the enormity of her own talents” Kurt Hernon