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Re-Viewed: The Panic Channel

By Julene McCoy in Arts & Entertainment on Jun 1, 2006 3:42PM

2006_06_panic.jpgAfter following Dave Navarro’s blog and then switching over to the build up at The Panic Channel’s website over the last year or so, we had to check out the band at the Double Door last night. Comprised of former members of Jane’s Addiction with Steve Isaacs on vocals, we hoped The Panic Channel would be just what we’d been waiting for.

Our first impression upon hearing “Listen” and “Outsider” was that the lead singer’s voice is a cross between Dave Grohl and Chris Carraba. The emotional quality to Steve’s vocals on “Blue Bruises”, a song about domestic violence, gave the song the respect that it deserves.

A couple of the songs, “She Won’t Last” and “Night One”, had long jams that seemed to go on forever like a Phish song on a hot festival day. TPC ended the evening without an encore, but not before blasting into the classic Led Zeppelin tune “Dazed and Confused”.

The band had great energy, and their talent showed on stage. The songs were a little too jam-filled for our taste, but we liked the storytelling that went on within them. So while it wasn’t everything we’d hoped for, we did get to see Dave Navarro with his shirt off.

The Panic Channel’s album (ONe) hits stores August 15th.