By Brian Tucker
Garage punk duo Zodiac Panthers – Johnny Yeagher on guitar and vocals and Angela Yeagher on drums, released a new batch of songs this week.
The funny, stingingly titled I Don’t Gotta, But I’m Gonna, Cause I Wanna! arrived via Bandcamp and later this summer on 7-inch vinyl, recording again with Ian Millard at Dogwood Lane Studios. The EP, much like their 2015 debut boasts original material and a cover song (this time one by The Pagans).
Zodiac Panthers have made much of blistering, blazing guitars and sugar-n-coarse vocals that sneer. Songs on their debut sounded full-tilt, soaked with cynical-meets-humor laden lyrics. One might even think it was anti-love album with song titles like “So Sick of Your Face,” “Your Love is Like a Funeral,” or “Total Waste of My Time.” Not so, the duo is happily married musicians that deliver on making fun, hard charging rock and roll music injected with punk rock’s ferocious energy.
With each EP the band plays around with that sound, laced with different aesthetics – handclaps, brief harmonies, plenty of song-along lyrics, and shades of bands past, like Chuck Berry influenced licks that open “Killing Floor,” an under two minute barnburner sure to sound dynamite at a live show.
The title track is a minute and a half whose infectious chorus and vibe feels like short-burst explosions and confetti. “Want it to End” slows down, just a little, evoking something more haunted than done previously by the band. “Untie Me” might be the album’s weak link, its lyrics and chorus a bit too on the nose, but makes up for it by filling the song with nice breakdowns.
Even a lesser song on ZP album is still a winner. The duo consistently delivers scorching rock and roll and the new EP shows solid new material while stepping forward some too. Check out the band’s rehearsal video below.