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“THE PANDA BAND Sleepy Little Deathtoll Town EP (BAM*BOO) “Damn, The Panda Band should be the presidents of the universe. Fun is such a no-no for so many bands. There is this idea that having fun negates credibility, that the only way to tap into truly remarkable territories of creativity is by experiencing or expressing pain. What a load of old bollocks. Fun is the zenith of human accomplishment. It’s miles past pain and darkness and whining and indecision. It’s as far as you can go. ‘Sleepy Little Deathtoll Town’ is whimsical, catchy-as-heck and thoroughly fun.” ”

RL - Time Off (Qld)

““The Panda Band, however, packs such a potent sound that This Vital Chapter is a whimsical plethora of many influences…[t]The result is nothing short of dazzling.” ”

“THE PANDA BAND With The Grates at The Metro (NSW), May 2006 “The Panda Band attracted a lot of attention last year in the Australian music industry and was listed in Rolling Stone Magazine’s top ten bands of 2005 – now I know why. With a style that hints at The Beatles, Dylan and Bowie, The Panda Band appear very well equipped for international stardom, should it be just around the corner (lets just hope it is). They are a talented five-piece outfit well worth checking out.””

Paula Zammit - The Drum Media (NSW)

“4 out of 5 star review “In all, This Vital Chapter is a rewarding listen from tick to tick. Not the least bit skimpy on inventive songcraft and advertant one-upsmanship of the many weird-for-no-reason bands splashing around the pool right now, this record should surprise many despite its already heavy Aussie airplay.” ”

““The Panda Band shows there is groundbreaking potential left in indie, and that some of the most unexpected stars shine the brightest.” ”

““This Vital Chapter is one of the most well constructed, fully realized indie debuts to come along in a while. Think Flaming Lips and you won’t be far off. The Panda Band come up with some gorgeous and unique sounds, and things even work on a pop level…” ”

““they have the potential to be the biggest indie rock group that we've seen from Australia in quite a long time.” ”

““This Vital Chapter (subtitled We’re Almost Not Even Here) is a huge-hearted, trippy adventure through spaced-out cacophony and endless melody; it’s addictive, derivative, and (did I mention?) immensely enjoyable.” ”

“ “This Vital Chapter” is an adventure that shakes loose all stereotypes of indie pop with no real sudden moves to rebel against; simply speaking this is one damn fine album that any musician would be wildly proud to have been involved with. The Panda Band is one group that you never want to part with.” ”

““If you had a bad weekend like I did and just want to listen to something to cheer yourself up a bit, try The Panda Band.” ”

“ “The Australian quintet have melded Sgt. Pepper with the Polyphonic Spree for an utterly refreshing 12 track delight sure to be a favorite in Wayne Coyne's iPod.” ”

““If you combined Queen and ELO and added a touch of the Unicorns, you'd come close to replicating this magical mix.” ”

“THE PANDA BAND With The Grates at The Tivoli (Qld), May 2006 “The Panda Band are charmingly odd, from their Grace Kelly-adorned drumkit to the balloon tied to keyboard player Steve’s hair. Guitarist Chris Callan doesn’t let a splinted arm stop him from awkwardly playing slide guitar, joining his brother on keys and generally get in the way of the drummer (who’s not wearing a dress, it’s a kaftan). They make dedications to their tourmates’ parents and ramshackle their way through faves like Then You Appear and Sleepy Little Deathtoll Town. Their sound is somewhere between Modest Mouse and Polyphonic Spree and I love it.””

Clare Fletcher - RAVE (Qld)

“7.5 out of 10 review “The band plays indie rock with a Queen-like pomp and a Radiohead-ish diversity” ”