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Somerset Sounds - Artists

Panic Office
Panic Office

Panic Office

Panic Office, from Cheddar, sound like a mixture of Radiohead, Hope of the States and Pink Floyd - but darker and heavier. Find out more about them and listen to one of their tracks.

Who are Panic Office?

Samuel Jones on vocals and guitar; Phil Shelly on guitar and vocals; Sam Large on bass; George Banwell on drums; and Pete Jewkes on synth.

Where in Somerset are you from?


When did you form?

In 2004

How did you get together?

Originally Sam's friend Jack Cantwell wanted to form a band. However, Jack left in August 2005.

Panic Office

Since forming we've been through a lot of lineup changes, but now we seem stable and are finally ready to play our music properly.

How would you describe your music?

Like a mixture of Radiohead, Hope of the States and Pink Floyd - but darker and heavier.

How did the band gets its name?

It was inspired by the Radiohead song Fitter Happier.

Who are your musical influences?

Panic Office

Radiohead, Hope of the States, Pink Floyd, Sikth, Muse, Arcade Fire...

What is your most memorable gig so far?

Playing at Stotties in Weston-super-Mare. The connection with the audience was amazing.

Where would you most like to play?

The Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury.

Finally, tell us some interesting facts about yourself

Other than the five members currently in the band, we have had three other people in the past.

Sam and Pete are the only original members of the band.

last updated: 29/08/08
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I saw these guys once and They Were Silent is on the level of such big prog bands as 65dos and gsy!be

Phil McRackin
I love panic office. Theres nothing better than waking up in the morning turning on your computer and listening to a bit of panic office. I love that guy who plays the guiar.That sam jones is a bit of a looker too. he could bang on my drums anyday of the week if you know what I mean.

Cheryl Tweedy
Panic Office are our main influence. Hopefully we can gig with you one day...

Panic Office are right good live. I've never properly seen them, but playing with them is amazing, and doing a proper gig sometime would be pretty amazing. We do need to update this page though, becuase Paul aint in it anymore. And Phil, thanks for liking us, but most of us in the band detest emo (apart from jack) and aim to create the opposite of emo. Or, in all seriousness, I want a band where I can go to town on my synthesizer!

i love panic office they are a very good example of new emo music jack cantwells riffs are amazing i love it deep within my heart love from philipxx

Jack - Panic Office Guitarist
NB The Worst Is Yet To Come is now called Payment.

i think you are pretty good i like the intro to 'the worst is yet to come' the best though =D

ilove ure band

Loved it at the Imperial. Didnt know who they were before that gig, but man was i missing out. Check out there site and listen to there stuff, they have makings of greatness :)

Yeh very good band. Dunno what you other guys were watching but i really rate these guys. Bassist was dodgy but i hear that was a sound problem, and hes offski now anyway. So yeh, its a good show, i recommend you go and watch.

AMAZING!!!! thank you for a great night at the imperial.

they are brilliant i saw them at the imperial and they were great. it was a great night. i strongly reccomend you see them.

These guys were quite good when I saw them at the Imperial. I was there to watch Clouded Skies, but you guys were great. Would be nice to see you guys doing some gigs in Bristol.

Pete Jewkes
Great band, pauls actually left now, so I'm back in it! Yeah, playing synth instead of bass , while they look for another bassist.

I saw these guys play at The Imperial, and they rocked. All the other bands were a bit stage stunned, but these guys looked like pros, and they have only played 2 gigs prior to that one.

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