Night Panther – New Single – ‘Fever’

10 Dec

“Sexy is a suitable adjective for this duo.”

NightPantherDo yourself a favour. Before you listen to Night Panther’s ‘Fever’, go to YouTube and search for “TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)” by MFSB (which stands for Mother, Father, Sister, Brother).  This 1974 classic is generally credited with being the first Disco melody to break the Billboard Top 100.  I had a Twitter exchange with the band many weeks ago and hinted that they were talented enough to tackle a remake of  “TSOP” as this timeless “Philadelphia Soul” style tune is flourishing with the same sort of flamboyant energy Night Panther is aiming for on Fever.

Night Panther, made up of Farzad Houshiarnejad and Mike Cammarata, hail from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, which is about 40 minutes away by car from Philadelphia, so I am only guessing that the “Philly Soul” has provided some sort of influence on this emerging talent.  Night Panther’s own self-description of their music is ‘sex-pop’ and in other portrayals, the expression ‘sexy synths’ applies, either way, sexy is a suitable adjective for this duo.

In the opening 20 seconds of Fever, as if to seize your attention, you are hit with a staccato drumbeat, the overture of a horn section, accompanied with a quick grunt, then a drawn out ‘Feeeeeever’ in a groovy falsetto that stays with you until the end.

The composition just seduces you for a solid three minutes and at the same time, provides a sensuous vibe that seems to hearken back to the aforementioned 1974.  It is only after a long foreplay, that Night Panther unleashes the horns and pulls you in with full-blown revelry and then you realize that are now fully immersed with the urge to let loose.  As if I needed any justification for using the term ‘foreplay’, the finale’ of the song repeats and fades out with the chorus: All I want to do is make love to you’.

Night Panther have created an exceptional song that is proficient in its end game: unadulterated entertainment that is, well, frankly, cool.

By Trey Turbeville



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