Electro is the perfect comfort food for whatever ails ya. Stuck indoors? Missing the night life? Feeling lonely? Well, let the warm blanket of properly produced Electro envelope you so you can dance your cares away from the comfort of your own home. And might I suggest the shimmering ecstasy of Panic Priest and their newest release, Second Seduction, as a starting point?
With a voice akin to Tears For Fears’ main mouthpiece Roland Orzabal, Jack Armondo immediately brings a strong presence to opener “In All Severity” as the throbbing pulses accent Armondo’s deep croons. “(silo)” is a haunting interlude early on setting the mood for “Pretty Evil Seed” which plows full steam ahead backed by the weight of Armondo’s baritone bravado interspersed with some impassioned shrieks as the synths lay on a Gothic overtone adding to this grandiose and picture perfect Darkwave romp.
“Nighthunter” is the club thumper you’ll need to dance your ass off to once your favorite Goth venue reopens with glistening guitars conjuring a mix of early New Wave and Post-Punk sounds (Think Tears For Fears and The Cure and an orgy of their respective sounds) for a decidedly dark, desirable, and ultimately decadent ditty.
“Lonely City” is the perfect anthem for our current predicament with an accompanying video echoing my early sentiment of dancing by yourself and then “We’ve Got The Cause” will give listeners even more cause to yearn to be out and about on the dancefloor once again on a track straight out of a Philip K. Dick neo-noir or similarly plucked straight from a mid-’80’s dance scene (Personally, I always go back to the club scenes in Fright Night and The Terminator as a reference point).
Later, “BLOOMNDK” will make your heart swell with these gorgeous programmed beats and guitars straight out of an early Goth anthem by The Cure before spilling out into a huge chorus. The bass drives the mysteriously seductive “Bleed Again”, “Shiver and Crawl” is the theme song for some lost ’80’s cult classic with these fuzzy guitar tones leading into a big sing-a-long chorus, and then “Eternal Shine” warps it all up with a fittingly electronic-tinged epic anthem.
Second Seduction releases through Negative Gain Productions on May 1st and can be all yours by clicking here or here. For more on Panic Priest, including virtual or physical live shows down the road, follow the socials here, here, or here.