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Angry Panda
Alt Rock
Angry Panda
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Angry Panda are an ambitious alt-rock three piece from Bristol, UK. Formed in 2002 as, says lead singer & bassist Lee Everson, “a more profound way to spend a gap year”, Angry Panda can be described as both emotional and intellectual. Sonically charged by lead guitarist Steve Nutt and backed up by the earthy percussion of Luke Scoulding, Angry Panda possess the same desire to twist and refresh the rock genre that made bands such as The Pixies, Sonic Youth and The Mars Volta so popular. 

Angry Panda started out playing at local venues across Bristol and Bath
(Louisiana, Bar Latino, The Bath Porter), before gaining a foothold at the Bristol Croft. After many support slots for other local bands (Sliced Peach, Stars and Stereos, Kings of Bohemia) their first headline gig was at the Croft in September 2016. In May 2005 Angry Panda entered BTFS Studios, Willsbridge, to record “The Angry Panda EP”. Available now, it showcases five of the bands strongest songs so far, with more tracks free to download on 

2005 has seen Angry Panda reaching much further afield in their gigging
profile, with a charity performance at The Mist, Derby, accompanied by repeat slots at the Bristol Croft in June/July 2005. They had their first chance to play the prestigious Bristol Fleece and Firkin this year, featuring prominently in the Bristol SoundsLive “Sunday Roast” event  together with sixty of the area’s most promising new bands. After having their most-downloaded song “A Thousand Lives” added to the Sunday Roast Compilation CD, Angry Panda were invited back to the Fleece & Firkin to support Sons of Adam on September 12th. This also gained the band their first press review in Venue Magazine: 

 “Angry Panda’s peanut-butter-thick sound threatens to upstage the headliners Sons of Adam tonight. With indulgence-free guitar whig-outs – think a less comatose J Mascis [Dinosaur Jnr]  – barbaric bass and the vocalist’s Eastern mantra captivating the audience, this three piece are well worth keeping  close tabs on.” Matt Baird. 

Building on this wave of success is top of the agenda as 2005 nears its
conclusion. A headline performance at the Fleece and Firkin on October 5th will mark AP’s graduation from the local scene into a band with a national profile. Dates for the future include providing main support to South West prodigies “Black Bud” whilst they are on the sell-out Bristol leg of their national tour, and a Saturday night slot at the Cavern Club in Liverpool for January 14th. With gigs still to  be confirmed towards the holiday period for Bristol and Sheffield, Angry Panda aim to enervate crowds and return rock to it’s primacy as a genre of vision and excitement. 

14 January 2006

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