Panama vs Warrant

My First CD: Jarrah McCleary, Panama

Words by Hugh McClure.

Sydney five-piece Panama first warranted our attention mid last year with their ridiculously delightful single ‘Magic,’ before totally kidnapping our affections with the release of their debut EP in November. The record’s feature single ‘It’s Not Over’ rocketed to #1 on Hypem, and the band showed off their energetic live show alongside the likes of Van She, Mitzi and Dappled Cities.

Given the tropical, upbeat nature of their music, you’d automatically assume the band’s mastermind Jarrah McCleary was brought up on a diet of 80s pop music. You’d be very wrong. In fact, McCleary was partial to something quite different. Here’s what he had to say about his early musical memories.

“The first CD I ever bought was ‘Cherry Pie’ by Warrant. I was ten years old and was really vibing on hair metal. I mean, who could resist a film clip with cherry pie and hot, leggy blondes? Obviously, ‘Cherry Pie’ was my favourite track on the album – I probably wore the CD out playing that song on repeat. When I hear the song now, I still remember my neighbour yelling over the fence to tell me to “Stop playing that damn song!” He obviously didn’t share my enthusiasm. When I followed up that first purchase with a copy of Culture Beat’s classic ‘Mr. Vain,’ needless to say we didn’t have too many family BBQs after that.”

Panama will again be hitting the road during February in support of their debut release with a number of shows around the country.  The tour will include gigs with an incredible list of Australian talent including Midnight Juggernauts, Hermitude and Flight Facilities.

Thursday, 14 February | Workers Club, Melbourne (The Ripe 1st Birthday w/ City Calm Down, Collarbones + more)
Friday, 15 February | Cats @ Rocket Bar, Adelaide (w/ special guests)
Saturday, 16 February | Perth Festival (w/ Flight Facilities, Mitzi, Scenic + FCDJs)
Friday, 22 February | O-Fest @ UTS, Sydney (w/ Midnight Juggernauts, New Navy, Hermitude + more)

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  1. Lara says:

    We’re totally diggin’ Panama over at Happy!

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