Brooklyn rock is back (if it ever left)! Justin Chearno, Kip Vallan, Jayson Green, Geoff Carlock, and Jeff Salene combine their musical powers to form the group, the Panthers. Vocalist Green, guitarist Carlock and Jeff the drummer all were former members of the band called Orchid, and for all you Orchid fans out there, the sound has not really changed with the addition of Kip and Mr. Chearno. They still have the same groovy licks, and kicked up drum beats to go along with those ever so political lyrics. With an EP aptly titled Let's Get Serious, the Panthers use five songs to fully display their creativity and musical influences while meshing their different sonical upbringings to produce what I like to refer as funk-rock. Just picture The Strokes with a hip hop feel and some risque political views.
On the opening, and standout track, "Thank Me With Your Hands," the Panthers' energy bursts out of the speakers and vocalist Jayson Green oozes with lyrical harmony: "I was thinking we should sleep in separate beds, but the heats gone to my head/ Let's get tired at the same time?"
"It's Not the Heat, It's the Humility" is equipped with an obscure drum beat and utilizes one of Notorious BIGS most quotable lines: "I don't know what's more important: my ego or yours." The track skips around along with Greens vocals and culminates with an overdriven Moog, crazy vibraphone, and some trumpet as well as tenor sax action.
"Post-Fascist Fantasies" has a super dope angular guitar kick while "Sexiest Not Sexy" has Carlock showing off his guitar skills ripping through a series of riffs. The final cut "Don't be a Dick," disappoints lyrically; "My trousers have a nice pleat/ And I enjoy my method of self-defeat?" but scores extra points for the amplifying drumming of Jeff Salene.
Overall a superb EP, and hopefully the energy and creativity won't stop here; I can't wait to hear a full length from the "Brooklyn Babies."