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A boy meets a girl. It is obvious to both of them that there is a connection between them. They talk. They flirt. Sparks fly. They both know there could be something worth pursuing here. They’re both curious about taking things further and seeing what might develop between them. They’re re-enacting a story as old as Adam and Eve. They’re both on the same page and both want the same things. And then…
Everything prior to “and then…” is what Detroit’s The History of Panic grapples with on “The Chase.” It’s an examination of those exhilarating, excruciating, terrifying and enchanting moments where anything seems possible between a man and a woman, both good and bad – a long and happy future together or bliss turned eventually into enmity or simply a missed opportunity. It’s all about navigating those delicate moments that separate what is from what might have been, where the slightest misstep can inexplicably keep two people who want the exact same thing from achieving it.
In its form, “The Chase” plays like a sequel to The Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me,” while in its subject matter it’s a prequel to that classic track. The History of Panic’s main man Gerald Roesser plays the part of the boy. Laura Diehl of Lightning Love plays the girl. Over a mid-tempo synth-pop track, the two communicate, miscommunicate, connect, disconnect, attract each other and confuse each other. They like each other, and they think they’ve been clear enough about that fact that the other shouldn’t have any question about it. They both still somehow manage to end the song with nothing but questions.
“The Chase” ends with all their questions lingering, with both boy and girl guarded but hopeful, repeating “It’s up to us if we want to.” It’s those bothersome pronouns that get in the way, though. Individually, they know what they want, and it’s the same thing. They’ve got “I” and “me” covered – it’s the “we” and “us” part they can’t figure out. “The Chase” isn’t going to answer it for the listener. The History of Panic puts us in the place of the boy and girl. They want to be together. We want them to be together. So why does it seem so hard sometimes to make something so obvious actually happen?
Premiere: “Anthem for Panic”
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As a special bonus, we’re also proud to offer the world premiere of “Anthem for Panic,” Roesser’s personal favorite track from the new album, Fight! Fight! Fight!, which was released on July 17th by Le Grand Magistery (home to previously spotlighted acts Memphis and Computer Perfection).
Click here to listen to Fight! Fight! Fight! on Spotify.