Panther Car 

Palace on the Hill

Up until now, my knowledge of Bozeman's Panther Car has been superficial—from what I've heard, they're dudes apparently unafraid to shred in their undies. So, I was pleasantly surprised when the first chords on Palace on the Hill hit with such clarity; it's nice to hear the band has substance, too. Palace is merely a collection of five demos recorded this spring and released this month, but its edges are smooth and in many parts it delivers a catchy punch. Now, the band's got to figure out how to be more cohesive. The opener "Get This Real" sounds like it would be a highlight on a sampler CD from Equal Vision records—notorious for its embrace of early 2000s emo—but then the last track, "Afterveffen," gets straight funky with a long guitar-led outro. In between there's the underdeveloped "Semanticide," an alt-rock tune that, despite being creative, wanders too much. A single riff would suffice, but three-too-many times a new melody appears when an exit is warranted. The penultimate "Befferveffen" has the most promise and should guide the band's songwriting. It blends the vocals in a more natural way and the well-played guitars fit with the well-used pedals at last. This is the song that makes Panther Car seem less like a weekend hobby and more like a serious endeavor.

Panther Car plays the VFW Sat., June 21, at 10 PM. $3/$6 for those 18–20.

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