Listen & BuyAlternative Industrial trio Panic Lift, initially began as a solo project of vocalist James Francis. After self releasing the bands first EP, James formed a live band and soon they began to slowly establish themselves through engaging live performances, and appearing on numerous high profile compilations. Eventually, the band garnered the attention of Germany's Noitekk Records and released their first full length "Witness To Our Collapse" in 2008.
Last November, Panic Lift released Is This Goodbye? on Metropolis Records. The album expanded the bands sound fusing their style of hard industrial with elements of synth-pop, dance, and rock. Is This Goodbye? was fueled by the singles Temptress and Transient both of which gained attention from numerous clubs, college radio and podcasts worldwide.
Critically, the album scored great reviews, with Grave Concerns Webzine calling Is This Goodbye? Pure Musical Brilliance while Side Line Magazine praised the album for Mixing opposite musical ideas into a coherent, original and fascinating work Re-gen Magazine embraced Panic Lifts evolved sound and called the album a must own for electro and synth-pop fans.
This Spring, Panic Lift return with their third single from Is This Goodbye? titled Awake This digital EP features the original album version along with 4 remixes from the likes of Alter Der Ruine, Heartwire, DeeperNET and label-mates Everything Goes Cold. Awake also features 2 exclusive tracks from Panic Lift themselves, a single version of the song When Euphoria Ends and a brand new track titled The Voice which sees the band coming full circle and returning to a more aggressive sound, while sustaining the melodic sensibilities of their newer material.
On stage, James is accompanied by live drummer Ben Tourkantonis and Dan Platt on keyboards/bass. The band toured relentlessly including sets at the legendary Wave Gotik Treffen in Leipzig, Germany, Triton Festival, Terminus Festival, and back to back years at Montreals Kinetik Festival. Last fall, the band embarked on their own Transit 2013 headlining tour and will be on the road all summer in North America supporting Aesthetic Perfection.