You’ve GOT to Hear This: Casual Panic – “Hot Air”

Casual PanicI suppose in music as in other walks of life timing is everything. And Casual Panic drummer Charlie Glover-Wright chose the moment I was on a boring train trip to drop off their new track Hot Air into my inbox. The result? Boredom banished – in fact I clicked repeat so many times that it was actually something of shame when the train reached its destination and it was time to put my iPod away.

For Milton Keynes four-piece Casual Panic have built on the promise of their first EP to deliver an extremely catchy slice of indie pop. With Charlie forming an effective rhythm section with bassist Stephen Ettery, Hot Air starts brightly but builds up to a crescendo of sound and energy as lead guitarist Archie Keir adds his riffs and Zach Campbell his earthy but accessible vocals.

And it’s that energy which suggests Casual Panic would be a great watch live. So it comes as no surprise to learn that they have already supported the likes of Drenge and Skaters. And what’s more they have lined up a gig at London’s legendary Camden Barfly on 30 November – definitely worth looking in on them if you get the chance.

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Gavin Watson | @watsongc

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