Pennsylvania's rising pop-punk rockers DON'T PANIC are gearing up to release their second full-length album, Dark Horse, on September 3rd. Today, the band reveals the record's third single, "Ramona," which is available for streaming everywhere.
Commenting on the new song, vocalist/guitarist Ted Felicetti states:
"In 2020 and completely unrelated to the pandemic, I found out three different girls I had known over the course of my life had passed away. They were all young. My age or younger, and all three were due to health issues like cancer or something else. It made me think of the stories the three of them might have lived if life continued on as normal and then how most of us waste our time worrying so much about focusing all of our energy and lives on putting on the appearance of having a great life instead of just actually living it. The three of them didn't get that opportunity.. so i guess lyrically it's a warning to the rest of us to not waste the time you're given."
Following their 2020 breakout, debut record See Through It All, DON'T PANIC have emerged from the pandemic with renewed focus and a rejuvenated spirit. Together the four-piece blend elements of power-pop, pop-punk and arena rock anthems for massively memorable songs of perseverance and strength against odds.
Felicetti adds about the upcoming album:
"This is our second full length album since we started playing in 2019.. The first one we released (See Through it All) was; me very uncertainly fumbling my way back into songwriting, of which i had not done for 7+ years. So thematically it was about self doubts and regrets. Dark Horse is very different. After being able to step over my anxieties of getting back into making music I was able to really focus on writing about things that meant something to me. This is an upward and onward kind of message. I have always felt like a dark horse myself. On the outside looking in, and always having to work extra hard to get to the places I wanted to be because I felt like most people were just not giving us a chance. BUT we succeed in spite of that fact. After a while it sort of becomes a fuel for that fire. The songs here are the strongest we have written and musically I wanted to take things back to my roots. We always manage to have our own sound, but I drew really heavily on bands I've been listening to since I picked up a guitar. Millencolin, Foo Fighters, Lit, Bayside, and Face to Face among others. I am 100% confident that if you give this album a chance, it's something you will absolutely grow to love and champion as much as we have."
Dark Horse tracklist:
- Watership Down
- Woe I
- Fire Walk with Me
- Dark Horse
- Wake Me Up at Midnight
- What's a Guy to Do
- I Wish You Well
- One More Time
- Final Thread