Chris of Night Panther: Debuts, Memos & Boo

night-panther-interview-golden-mixtapeIt’s a typical Sunday night, my sides are recovering from all the laughs Bob’s Burgers caused and there’s a special about a serial killer on. I’m in and out of that as I sit and go over what Chris Radwanski of Night Panther had to say when he sat down with the questions I’d provided. Of course I had to ask about their debut album getting so much love, and if there was pressure to make the next. Some would’ve said yes and some would’ve said no, but you’ll have to continue reading to find out what Chris had to say about that as well as other outcomes that would’ve been if Night Panther hadn’t done so well, and their year that’s been one to remember.

Kendra: Let’s get to a picture I saw that needed some explaining – October, PhilaMoca and a pup in pants. What was going on there?

Chris Radwanski: I love that picture. That is my dog Boo. We were playing a show for the Deli Magizine’s 5th birthday.  The party had a Mad Men theme. While at work I saw that picture go up on Facebook.  Someone got her in a pair of nice slacks for the occasion.

Kendra: Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, the music. You have this sound that’s been described as “sex pop.” Was that intentional when you started the band, or did that come naturally when writing and crafting the album?

Chris: Well the music had a definite goal. It was meant to make people move and have a good time. It was a reaction to the year or two we spent together in the lofi/shoegaze band White Birds.

Kendra: Were you overwhelmed by the positive response your debut got?

Chris: It is a great feeling when people appreciate something you have worked so hard for.

Kendra: Do you think you’ll feel that pressure when you start writing the follow up?

Chris: No, the follow up is practically done. And we have no shortage of voice memos on our phones to come up with material for the 3rd album as well. If there was only 34 hours in every day we would be working on album four.

Kendra: Seeing that you all formed not that long ago, how are you adjusting to what seems like a whirlwind of a year?

Chris: The time frame is very skewed in my brain.  We have all been working on music together for about eight years.   I managed an early band of Mike and Farzad’s for years.  But this year definitely has blown by.  We have been so busy trying to accomplish as much as possible. The weeks and months fly by before you even knew they started.  It’s scary and awesome.

Kendra: If things had gone differently, meaning not so well, what would you be doing right now?

Chris: Coming up with another plan to launch a different band.  Depending on who you talk to it’s a blessing or a curse that I have committed to playing music for a living for the rest of my life.  Girlfriends and parents hate it.  I think the band and I are the only ones who might see it as a blessing.

Kendra: I’m sure we’re all dying to know, who’s the “Queen Bitch” out of you guys?

Chris: I bet you if you asked all of us in separate rooms we would all point the next person.

Kendra: If you had to make a mixtape strictly for love making, what five songs would have to be on it?

Chris: That’s what our debut album is.  But it’s for professional love makers, so its 8 tracks.  Try it out; let us know how it goes.

*Note…I don’t think I’ll ever get to try that out…forever alone…

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