eclectic box of delights of debut album, Visionary Position, released in
2008, Panic Room quickly built a reputation as a powerful and subtle
group of performers.
roots in proto-celtic prog band, Karnataka (4 of the band were members
of the original award-winning line-up), Panic Room is a very different
beast with a much harder edge and a spontaneous and improvisational
quality that makes their live performances such compelling events.
melodic songwriting wedded to a desire to reinvent the music in the live
arena saw them pick up the award for 'Best New Band' at the CRS Awards
in January 2009, presented by ex-Genesis guitarist, Steve Hackett.
of folk, electronic, pop, jazz and progressive influences in a rock band
setting has enthralled audiences and their restless desire to move
forward, explore new musical territory and above all write great songs
has proved a refreshing change in a largely nostalgia driven musical
owe their success and sound in no small measure to the sheer magnetism
of singer, Anne-Marie Helder's voice. Her amazing range and sensitivity
are spell-binding, from the breathy floating vocal of songs like 'Moon
on the Water' and 'Sunshine' to the Plant meets Morissette powerhouse of
Panic Room's funky electronic rock take on Led Zeppelin's 'No Quarter'
which has been a highlight of their live shows. She is that rare
creature ... a truly individual singer.
Panic Room's debut album 'Visionary Position' was released in 2008 and
received rave reviews from various music magazines and websites,
including Classic Rock Magazine and Powerplay who both gave it 8/10.
City' from the band's first album was the opening track on the covermount
CD free with the 1st issue of the new national magazine, 'Classic Rock
presents Prog' in April 2009 which also featured a great review of the
band's 1st London gig.
A profile of
the band appeared in Issue 2 and since then Panic Room have been
regularly featured in the magazine, with a three page interview
appearing in the March issue and the title track 'Satellite' appearing
on the covermount CD free with the May issue.
'Satellite', the new album from Panic Room is a big step forward for the
band. With the basic tracks recorded live in the studio over a 2 week
period, the album really captures the energy and power of the bands live
prog-metal of 'Dark Star' to the blissed-out summery shimmer of the Zero
7/Bacharach inflected 'Sunshine', the new album sees the band showing no
sign of reining in their eclectic approach to song-writing and playing.
rockier album than 'Visionary Position', the band's enjoyment and
enthusiasm for playing are evident on album opener 'Freedom to Breathe'
and continue to shine throughout.
'Satellite' is one of the best things they've yet written - a
slow-burning cosmic ride that takes almost as long as Stairway to Heaven
does to reach it's 1st chorus, but with a payoff this gorgeous, it's
worth the wait.
standard edition of the album is available from Amazon and all good
retailers a special extended edition is available from the band's
website and at gigs.
edition features an extended art lyric booklet and a bonus EP entitled
'Little Satellite' with 4 additional tracks recorded at the 'Satellite'
sessions, including funky live favourite 'Sandstorms'.
They deserve to be HUGE... Malcolm Dome, Classic Rock
impressive Anne-Marie Helder' commands the stage an absolute star...
Jerry Ewing, Prog
ranging sense of expression and some really luscious tunes... Rock N