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The whole thing can be way more than the sum of its pieces – if they match together perfectly. Manolo Panic is living proof of it. If you add the thoughts and the talents of four hungry musicians and if their characters and visions complement each other, it can bring forth something big; in this case: authentic indierock with wits and heart, which though extremely melancholic, asks to be freed into the ligths of the streets and into the clubs, to the places where you can taste the sweat of Rock’n‘Roll and reach for the energy of the moment.
The history of Manolo Panic began in 2009 in the greater Zurich area. Ramon Margharitis (Lead Vocals, Synthesizer, Guitar), Laura Frei (Bass, Synthesizer, Backing Vocals) and Michael Fiedler (Drums, Backing Vocals) weren't looking for each other but luckily still found themselves together in a local music store. Shortly afterwards, on a party, they met the missing piece : Janick Zumofen (Guitar, Backing Vocals) completed Manolo Panic.
„ We left ourselves drifting around from the first day“ said all four bandmembers in unison.
Still: Anything goes, no obligations is the rule inside the rehearsal room. „ We wanted our sound to be rich in variety, deep and honest. Everything else just happened to be, we didn't try to monitor our development. Their debut album „Helpless & Strange“ became a piece of melancholic indierock, with unconventional thoughts and dramatic sidesteps which has the power to force you to step onto the dancefloor. „There are no limits to indierock. We can play and experiment with different kinds of music. That's what gets us excited.“
Spheric guitar sounds which like to get out of hand mark many songs, combined with a forcefull grooving base with sowjet distortion effects and stabilized by sometimes rolling and sometimes rocking drums. Ramon Margharitis then adds his space-consuming voice in form of warm melodies in top of those divine soundscapes which you are hardly able to escape from. Those four are still standing at the beginning of a new path though and they don't want to know where it is headed. It doesn't matter whereto the music leads them, as long as the audience starts to sweat. Because the first Manolo Panic commandment is as simple as logical: Important is only what happens on stage.