Pin It
Favorite

The Panics 

by Mike Corrigan


"We're doing really well right now, and I have no idea why," says Bob Gallagher of local alt-country band the Panics. "I mean, we've been around forever."


He's not kidding. Although known primarily as the "guy behind the counter" at Spokane's oldest independent CD/record store, 4,000 Holes, Gallagher has been a mainstay of the local club scene for decades in various rock, roots and country configurations.


The Panics' sound has evolved slightly since forming about 10 years ago. And a recent lineup tweaking has brought about further changes for the band. The current lineup includes Gallagher and Mick May on guitar, Greg Kane on drums and Steve Sackett on bass.


"We're roots rockers," explains Gallagher. "I know the newspaper likes to call us 'classic rock,' which irks me all the time. I guess people can't think of guys our age doing originals. But we don't do a lot of covers. We never have. The only time we do covers is when we get paid, like a New Year's party or something. We've been writing and playing more country-ish stuff lately. And we're so much more focused now and distinctive."


The band is also in high demand these days. They've recently come off a couple of high-profile shows at the Met and are scheduled to play a Green Party gig at the new Mother Goose Coffeehouse in January.


"The funny thing is, we've never really tried to get anywhere, just stay focused on writing and recording our own stuff."


Onstage, the Panics exhibit a startling degree of synergy, a direct result of the members' long-time collaboration.


Gallagher and Kane have been playing together since 1980. May has been in the camp for the past nine years. And though Sackett has only been a part of the Panics for the past three years, he's played with Gallagher in various other bands for the past 25 years.


"We click real easy," says Gallagher. "It feels really good."
  • Pin It

Latest in Comment

  • Felonious Judgment
  • Felonious Judgment

    A community of hope and restoration can be ours with fair chance hiring
    • Jun 23, 2016
  • Pot Shots
  • Pot Shots

    Trail Mix: Marijuana as a campaign issue, and Spokane gets a debate
    • Jun 23, 2016
  • Exemption Wars
  • Exemption Wars

    Idaho's battle's over how to pay for state services is back on
    • Jun 23, 2016
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri
Spokane Social Sketch

Spokane Social Sketch @ Boots Bakery & Lounge

Last Sunday of every month, 2-5 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Mike Corrigan

  • Lights, Camera, Skate
  • Lights, Camera, Skate

    Two local artists have transformed their love of skateboarding into a new variety show on Community Television.
    • Dec 14, 2011
  • For Your Consideration
  • For Your Consideration

    A raucous good time from Thee Oh Sees. Plus, vintage horror and a Berlin filmmaker to check out.
    • Nov 22, 2011
  • Time Travelers
  • Time Travelers

    For some local store owners, finding intriguing merchandise isn’t just business, it’s an obsession.
    • Nov 22, 2011
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • A Thin Résumé

    With zero experience in the public policy arena, Donald Trump needs to start listening to those who do have it
    • Jun 9, 2016
  • Ugly Breakup

    The long-running rift between the mayor and the city council president just got worse
    • Jun 9, 2016
  • More »

Readers also liked…

© 2016 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation