24 Mar 2005
liittleBIGMAN records presents The Panics 
littleBIGMAN Records, a label put together by Happy Mondays drummer Gaz Whelan and Pete Carroll, the man behind Shaun Ryder's Amateur Night In The Big Top album are finalising the new album by Australian band The Panics.

The Panics were in Manchester late last year to play at "In the City" and they also supported Happy Mondays at Clapham Common. Shaun Ryder, who is a big fan of the band, interviewed them when he presented a radio program on BBC 6Music. He also got the Panics to play 3 songs live to air. The band's new, as-yet-untitled album will be available sometime in August.

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In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

Then came Tony Wilson's Factory Club (at the Russell Club in Hulme) offering an open invitation to experiment that was taken up when Ken Hollings, Howard Walmsley, Eddie Sherwood and a few others decided to make some noise to accompany their 16mm silent epic Biting Tongues. A further performance followed a few weeks later, when Colin Seddon and Graham Massey disbanded their Post Natals project and joined up. The film itself, a flashing series of negative images, became a memory; the name remained.

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