REVIEW: S M Jenkins – Out There In The Zone EP

This is the first solo project for Step-Panther main man Steve Bourke and it finds him shelving the noise and sci-fi surf rock of that band for a gentler, pastoral approach. The nervous energy and frantic flailing has dissipated into six lazily strummed and finger-picked songs that bring to mind Kurt Vile and Christopher Owens. There is still a stoned vibe to Bourke as the … Continue reading REVIEW: S M Jenkins – Out There In The Zone EP

ALBUM REVIEW: Step-Panther – Strange But Nice

Step-Panther’s debut self-titled album was a mixed bag that pegged them as a band still finding their feet and throwing paint to see what might stick. Three years on, they’ve evolved from a short attention span garage-rock band with too many ideas to a ‘90s alternative rock-flavoured trio with plenty of good ideas and the ability to shape and execute them. Frontman Stephen Bourke has … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Step-Panther – Strange But Nice

NEW MUSIC: Step-Panther | Nowhere

They’ve been quiet on the live front for the last while but Step-Panther have been busy recording their new album with Big Scary’s Tom Iansek. The album Strange But Nice is due out in August via HUB/Inertia and here’s the video for its first single, ‘Nowhere’. Shades of Sonic Youth and 3Ds permeate the song before a hypnotic wave of tumbling guitar notes wash over the song and chugging distorted chords … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Step-Panther | Nowhere

LIVE REVIEW: Nuggets: Antipodean Interpolations @ Paradiso at Town Hall (25/01/13)

by Chris Familton In a rare use of the Sydney Town Hall for rock n roll, Sydney Festival honoured both the original and seminal 1972 Nuggets 60s garage rock compilation and its recent Australian tribute Antipodean Interpolations of the First Psychedelic Era. The night was a chance for six of those bands to play short sets that gave a snapshot of their own Nuggets-spirited sound. … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Nuggets: Antipodean Interpolations @ Paradiso at Town Hall (25/01/13)

INTERVIEW: Step-Panther

STEPPING UP “We get talked about as a lo-fi band but it isn’t what we are trying to do,” says Step-Panther’s Stevesie as he takes Chris Familton through the recording of their debut album. For any new band the biggest step after writing a batch of songs and establishing your live show must be the recording of the debut album. Many have built a career … Continue reading INTERVIEW: Step-Panther

ALBUM REVIEW: Step-Panther | Step-Panther

written by Chris Familton Noisy guitar pop seems to be everywhere at the moment, whether it is stained with garage rock, shoegaze or 90s indie there is a strong melodic vein running through it – more pop and less rock in the traditional posturing sense. Locals Step-Panther have been impressing on the live circuit and now they’ve successfully translated their songs to the recorded form … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Step-Panther | Step-Panther

LIVE REVIEW: Oh Mercy @ OAF, Sydney 14/10/11

written by Chris Familton Step-Panther are on a roll at the moment with their just released debut album and upcoming support shows with Kurt Vile. You wouldn’t think it though as they displayed the same low-key and affable approach to their music that they always do. This was melodic stoner noise-pop of the highest order with some chunky riffs and a slacker vibe that sounded … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Oh Mercy @ OAF, Sydney 14/10/11

LISTEN: Step-Panther share the first track from their debut album…

Sydney trio Step-Panther have been impressing many with their bratty surf punk tunes over the last year and they’ve got themselves organised to record their self-titled debut LP which will be out November 4th via Speak n Spell/Inertia.  Have a listen to the short, sharp track No Fun. Tour Dates Sydney: 27 August @ Metro Wollongong: 1 September @ Wollongong Uni Newcastle: 2 September @ … Continue reading LISTEN: Step-Panther share the first track from their debut album…

LIVE REVIEW: Girls @ Manning Bar, Sydney 08/12/10

  written by Chris Familton First up were Step-Panther, an up and coming Sydney band who just keep getting better. Their songs have shifted from bratty punk origins to now include surf melodies, 60s pop sounds and a Ramones-like approach to telling street stories. Their song Jimmy should be a smash hit and their casual demeanor should gain them a bucket load of fans. Deep … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Girls @ Manning Bar, Sydney 08/12/10

REVIEW: Cabins @ Melt, Sydney 20/08/10

written by Chris Familton 57th Street kicked things off with an impressive and assured set that harked back to the golden years of early britpop and madchester where psych, rock and pop collided with a dance aesthetic. The vocals were a tough and baggy hybrid of Ian Brown and Liam Gallagher that stretched out over some wonderful shoegaze guitar and super-catchy bass. Step-Panther took a … Continue reading REVIEW: Cabins @ Melt, Sydney 20/08/10