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Panic Volcanic electrifies their intimate crowd at Oaktopia

Panic Volcanic electrifies their intimate crowd at Oaktopia

Panic Volcanic electrifies their intimate crowd at Oaktopia
September 23
15:17 2016

Returning for their third year at Oaktopia, Panic Volanic, a rock and roll band based in Fort Worth, consists of Ansley Dougherty on vocals, Zach Tucker on bass and Chris Cole on the drums.

Although only a band for five years, this group packs a heavy punch, with fans from all over the DFW-Denton area.

The trio often describes themselves as “the kids your parents warned you about” and thrive off of dark imagery. Last year, they were awarded Best Heavy Metal by FWWeekly Music Awards.

All three members came from music before they started the band and admitted that the closures of certain music venues are tough, but that they are confident in what Denton does best.

“Denton is built on the DIY house-show crowds. That is the vibe here,” Dougherty said. “If it just means more house parties, then that’s what it means. If it means coming up with more house spaces, then that’s what it means. The Denton music scene has it handled.”

Placed directly outside of the Bearded Monk, the venue was smaller and more intimate, allowing for watchers to be up close to the action. The atmosphere, as the previous band wrapped up their gig, was one of relaxed enjoyment. In fact, upon arriving at the scene, it immediately held a familiar feeling of being at a kickback or house party.


Panic Volcano opens at the Bearded Monk yesterday for Oaktopia Fest 2016. Taylor Ratcliff 

When the bands, including Panic Volcanic, took their positon on stage, the main lights cut off and the scene would begin to come alive. Behind the herd of people, there was a young man by the name of Joel Olivas that spent the entire night projecting psychedelic-looking shapes and patterns of all different sizes and colors on the wall as bands played. 

“It’s a sensor that links from my laptop to the bands instruments,” Olivas said. “So when they play something with a lot of bass or high frequency, it moves with that.”

These projections instantly came alive and seemed to be instinctively attuned with the music itself. Altogether, it created a funky, creative backdrop that seemed to live and breathe the very essence of Panic Volanic.

Just to the left of the makeshift stage was a door that led into the Bearded Monk. As people waited and lounged in the small parking lot, chatting with friends, they were also able to satisfy their thirst.

Together, it would create the perfect storm of drinks, friends and rock and roll.

After a few minutes of technical difficulties, Panic Volcanic was able to claim the stage. The delay did very little damage to the crowd they had amassed. The band later admitted to being “surprised by the turnout.”

Despite the late kickoff, the rest of the hour seemed to float by quickly, as song after song, such as “Johnny Rebel,” “Skin and Bones” and “Burn,” was sung. Many left to see other shows, the remaining crowd continued to be engaged.

“The sound is really good,” Oaktopia attendee Zach Walker said. “You can tell they are really raw, even if you’re just seeing them for the first time.”

The band will release a new album titled “Speak Your Evil” in a few months. They are also working on music videos and want to encourage fans to stay tuned for all the cool things they have coming up.

Featured Image: Panic Volcano opens at the Bearded Monk yesterday for Oaktopia Fest 2016. Taylor Ratcliff 

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