Panda Cult recently burst onto the North West indie-pop scene following the released their banger of a debut single ‘First Time‘. There’s something mysterious about a band that storms in, without warning, bringing a track that sounds like they’ve had at least a few albums under their belt, but Panda Cult have done it with fine style.
As Panda Cult are rather elusive as of yet, we decided to have a chat with them regarding their latest single ‘First Time’, pandas (obviously!) and the future!
Hi there! Firstly, so that our readers can know a bit more about you, please
introduce your band.
We are Panda Cult and we play alt pop music for lack of an undiscovered genre. We’re based in Liverpool yet come from a few different places; Wirral, North Wales and Essex.
Your latest single ‘First Time’ is a rather huge sounding pop track for a debut single! How would you personally describe your sound to someone who’s never listened to you before?
Thank you very much. I think we sound a bit like an indie band that are being made to play pop songs using the standard guitar band line up. We sound shimmery, there’s a lot of guitar going on but in the end we’re focussed on the vocals and it’s the hooks that really make the songs.
Why “Panda Cult”? Other than the fact that pandas are pretty cool, what inspired the name?
To be honest that’s the main reason. We had a lot of discussions about band names but at the end of the day, anything works once you’ve picked it. If there’s a band called Elbow you can be called anything. But I like the idea of a cult mentality; it’s pretty archaic but cults are strong aren’t they? And they all believe the same thing whether it’s nonsense or not.
Where did the initial spark to start a band and create music come from?
To be honest, it’s just a feel good thing when it comes down to it. We do it because we enjoy it and why would someone deprive themselves of that experience.
What does the future have in store for Panda Cult? Have you got anything planned for the rest of 2017?
Our single ‘First Time’ should hopefully be on Spotify and other platforms very soon but as for gigs etc, we will just see what happens! We’re hoping to do a nice local headline gig soon but will have to see what happens. We’re going to be recording more as well to try and get some more music out there for the masses!
We thank Panda Cult very much for their time! You can listen to their debut single ‘First Time’ below and also find Panda Cult on social media via the following links.