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UK Indie Rock Band Panchiko Playing D.C.’s Black Cat May 29

UK Indie Rock band Panchiko is returning with their first new album in over two decades followed by an expansive U.S. spring tour, stopping by Black Cat on May 29.

UK indie rock quartet Panchiko is returning with their first new album in over two decades, Failed at Math(s) (released May 5), followed by an expansive U.S. spring tour, making a stop at D.C.’s Black Cat on May 29.

The tour will kick off on May 7 in Seattle and run through June 4 in Chicago, with support from Horse Jumper of Love and LSD and The Search for God.

Their self-released album Failed at Math(s) is a follow-up to their album D>E>A>T>H>M>E>T>A>L, released in 2000, which they toured last year to sold out audiences across the U.S. and UK after the 18-year-old demo (originally limited to just 30 copies) spread virally across the internet in 2016. Suddenly Owain, Andy, Shaun and John, who had gone their separate ways starting careers, getting married, having families, found themselves in demand. Their shows bring out a diverse range of people from all ages and backgrounds who are curious to see live what they had only discovered by happenstance online – you don’t want to miss it.

Watch the music video for the third single from the album, “Portraits”, to see its stunning animation created by Shunsaku Hayashi. “‘Portraits’ was based around the thought that each of us is the culmination of the generations that precedes us,” the band noted. “Every experience and encounter shapes us and adds to our story. Some of the meaning behind the song covers feelings of pressure and tackling things on your own. Trying to find something you need, but finding that what you need is perhaps with you all along.”

Buy tickets to their Black Cat show here, and find more information about the band here. Make sure to also stay up to date on upcoming Black Cat events!

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Emma Page

Emma Page, a recent Journalism graduate of The George Washington University, possesses a passion for music journalism and storytelling in all its forms. Originally from Baltimore, MD, when she is not writing, she can be found at a local concert or making music of her own.

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