With thousands of songs constantly being produced and uploaded to the
internet, it's very tempting for groups to jump out and try to catch you in
the first few bars. Too many times an exciting riff will lead to less than
stellar verses and choruses, leaving you feeling cheated or betrayed.
So The Panics have tried approaching their single Don't Fight It from the
opposite direction. Starting with a softly churning organ intro, the song
builds in instrumentation and focus with each passing section, worming its
way into your memory and creating a snowball effect of momentum through the
course of the song. This approach gives the listener time to appreciate the
decent melody and distraught message of the song while simultaneously
building interest with each new section.
After the first chorus brings in the steady piano accompaniment behind
singer Julian Douglas' smooth vocals, the horns and percussion kick in with
a tight riff that pulls the song in a new direction of pop meets soul. This
leads to an interesting trumpet solo and ultimate breakdown in the bridge,
before building its way up again towards the ending.
So even though it's not a breakthrough single, Don't Fight It brings some
interest and flair to the Damien Rice realm of piano pop.