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Spotlight: Panic Shack

In this week’s edition of our Spotlight series, we’re featuring Cardiff-based DIY punk outfit Panic Shack.

  • By Olly Wareham
  • 27 Apr 2021
  • min read

 Despite having only three official singles under their collective belt, Panic Shack have made quite the impact since their 2018 formation, with considerable airplay and a fearsome live show that makes the return of gigs an even more exciting prospect. Read on to discover more and check out the band’s most recent single, I Don’t Really Like It, at the bottom of the page.


Panic Shack 


Welsh five-piece punk band delivering barbed takedowns of societal failings with a keen sense of identity, wit and melody. 

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What’s the Story?

Formed in 2018, DIY punk outfit Panic Shack have been capturing the mood of the nation through the charged and pointed subject matter of their releases. Dissatisfied with the male dominated music industry, most of the members of Panic Shack began to learn their instruments from scratch when starting the band, intent on carving out a space within the local Cardiff scene and beyond. 

Releasing through independent Welsh label Clwb Creative Records, Panic Shack have already garnered considerable airplay, as well as securing bookings at taste-making festivals, such as Focus Wales. Although only three official singles have been shared so far, a considerable buzz around the band is on-going, with the indie music press at large taking note of their every move. 

Most recent single, I Don’t Really Like It, takes aim at the issues surrounding toxic masculinity and predatory male behaviour, accompanied by driving riffs and a melodic sensibility that elevates the band from being pigeonholed as simply ‘punk’.

The poignancy and relatability of their music is matched with a sardonic wit and often jocular approach to word-play: ‘I do jiu-jitsu, I’m gonna jiu-jits you,’ for example.  

Sounds like?

An exciting and modern take on the classic punk sound, with notes of Amyl and the Sniffers, that points towards a musical ambition superseding the confines of the genre. 

Predicted to?

As soon as gigs are back up and running, expect to find Panic Shack in venue near you. This is music to be fully appreciated in a live setting. 

Must hear?

Panic Shack’s most recent single, I Don’t Really Like It