I’ve been lucky enough to catch Chicago punks Flesh Panthers live. Months ago I was bumbling around town and stumbled in on the last 10 minutes of their set at Bric-a-brac records. It was without a doubt the highlight of my night, soon to be followed by Mexican food, beers and a sad walk home in the rain. In hindsight it probably would have been better to see them at the tail end of my night. The raw energy, good crowd and fun setting = instant party.
I first heard of them from a CHIRP radio show promo somewhere, checked out their 2013 cassette EP and thought they had a Rancid vibe but boppier. Boppier? Yeah, boppier. But good boppy. Like the kind of bop that makes you loop tracks over and over again. Anywho, they’re good, play a lot of shows, tour and have a strong following.
So on to the point of this post: Flesh Panthers debut album is being released on vinyl through a collaboration between Tall Pat and Dumpster tapes for only $12. A pre-order gets you immediate digital downloads and a button sent to you when records ship in June. If we had invested more in teleportation and less on a global war machine maybe you could get your buttons now. But, alas – you must wait for your button.
The album is a good blend of loose high-energy raw punk and psychedelic garage rock. Never taking itself too seriously except when it’s time to lay down some major harmonica. Yes, punks with harmonica. It’s pretty sweet. Stream the album then go here to pre-order.