Its been a busy year for the new kids on the block, Cape Town-based Death Panthers. Earlier this year the garage punk rock band released two separate EPs in quick succession. A few months later their first full album, Nothing to Lose, Nothing to Prove, has made its debut on 15 August. The album consists of eight tracks and is a stylistic extension of the band’s pre-existing tracks.
The first track of the album, “Out of town”, is preceded by a short 30 second introduction. The crashing sound of the drums and guitar together starts the listener on a fast-paced and accelerated energy level. The transition between the intro and the track is effective in setting the scene for the feel of the album as a whole.
The following track, “Oh”, is more laid back in style. The bass heavy guitar and more rhythmic drum beat give this track a more relaxed feel than the previous track. The simplicity of the lyrics and instrumentals combined makes the track easy to listen to.
“Pop song” has a slight satirical edge to it, with the lyrics listing popular and simple things such as pancakes, teacups and rainbows. The guitar chords and repetitive beat of the drums add to the atmosphere of the song and what it is satirising.
The final track of the album, “Parents”, is a song about typical teenage angst. With chaotic symbol crashes and a messy singing style, this track is reminiscent of those rebellious years in high school. The track is followed by a relaxed outro, similar in style to the intro at the beginning of the album. This instrumental piece rounds off the album nicely and indicates to the listener that this is the final note the band wants to end on.
The album is laid back in the way in which the music is presented. It shows how Death Panthers have not taken themselves too seriously but have rather focused on enjoying making music and having tracks that are fun to listen to.
Written by: Julia Bain