When the chips are down, how many overnight sensations actually last the course? Everybody Panic! has earned its success the old-fashioned way – one that's built on a foundation of self-released singles, striking videos, and a steady diet of touring.
Of course, a healthy disregard for trends also doesn't hurt, as guitarist Provo recently asserted in an interview for the Metal Riot website.
“We have some heavier music, but when it comes to vocals and song structures, we’re totally a rock band,” said Provo. “We’re not really looking to be radio stars, but I think the potential is there to be one of the heavier rock bands on the radio if that path is ever explored.”
Formed in 2012 from the ashes of other notable Oklahoma City bands, Everybody Panic! garnered attention with “When It All Burns,” the first of five singles it self-produced – and released – for free. Tyson Gay (vocals), Patrick Nolan (bass) and Levi Dickerson (drums) are the other members.
“When It All Burns” holds a special meaning for Provo, as well. The song's inspiration grew out of the implosion of his previous band (Rikets), which felt like “everything I had worked so hard for over the last the five or so years had been doused in gas and set ablaze,” he recalled.
“I think that song was kind of our way of sifting through the ashes and and realizing that none of that shit truly mattered and the only thing that did matter was what we did from then forward,” he said.
All this single-mindedness paid off in sales of 3,000 copies – including records, and downloads – of its self-titled debut EP. That momentum further led to the band opening for the Deftones, Godsmack and Five Finger Death Punch, among others.
Such figures sound like small potatoes in today's digitally-driven era, but as Provo suggests, they're a big notch up from what he and his bandmates have experienced.
“For so long we’ve all been in the same band hustle of 'we have to record an album, or get signed, or do this or that,' so with this project, we’re trying to look at things differently. It’s no secret that the music business is screwed. Nobody buys CDs anymore and there is no MTV,” he said.
The band's work ethic caught the attention of CaviGold Records, which released its second EP, Attack (2015). With song titles like “Trapped In Hell,” “Our Last Goodbye,” and “No One Gets Out Alive,” it's safe to say that PTA picnic invitations won't be coming any time soon – though the band's single-minded, rabid attack is winning over fans across the country.
And it's that enthusiasm which Gay sees taking Everybody Panic! to a new level, which is why it's recently signed to EMP, a label that's owned by Megadeth bassist, David Ellefson.
Work with your childhood hero is just one of the new era's benefits, as Gay told In The Now – which is why he doesn't support the old way of doing business.
“Social media is making up for what MTV can't do anymore, it is also allowed people to pick and choose what kind of music they would like to listen to, as opposed to being told what to listen to which is pretty awesome,” he said.
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