Panthatone is a band comprised of Khutso Paynter (guitar/vocals) and Steve Denning (drums) who are from Chicago and recently released a demo quality EP with three songs entitled Night Into Day. The whole EP is under eight minutes.
The band plays very straightforward rock consisting of distorted guitars and steady drums. They aren’t introducing new ideas or concepts with what they have. The band plays fairly loud and live and that's really about it.
They open with “Night and Day” which is under a-minute-and-a-half long. The whole idea is they play some parts softly and play others loudly. I couldn't hear much from the vocalist as his vocals are very subdued in the mix. Up next is “Not Up To Me” which follows the same formula almost exactly. The verse is soft with palm muted guitar and then the drums are hit loud with a crash and more distortion comes into the mix.
“So Many Times” is a highlight if for the fact it’s balls to the walls insanity. The band gets off-time and the whole thing is a chaotic mess of white noise.
Panthatone would be a fun live band but there is definitely room for improvement besides the recording quality. I’d like to see them push a little more for an original sound. I understand that’s a little harder for a two-piece but the soft/loud dynamic is such a basic formula that will quickly get boring.
At the same time the fact that this EP is so short it is hard to know if the band has another way of delivery up their sleeve. This is case of wait and see. I’d like to hear what else the band is capable of and see if they can improve the production quality.
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