Puzzled Panther announce debut self-titled EP

Puzzled Panther

Today, Puzzled Panther releases their electric self-titled debut EP ‘Puzzled Panther’ via Eugene Hütz’s Casa Gogol Records (Rolling Stone), with lead single and video out now for Legs Long. The new, New York art-punk group is led by principal songwriter Victoria Espinoza, Kay Bontempo, Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Eugene Hütz (Gogol Bordello) and Alex Ryaboy. Puzzled Panther’s debut EP is produced by post-punk legend Nick Launay (Nick Cave, Amyl and the Sniffers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Idles). Watch the video for Smoke and the Mirrors We Broke via YouTube below.

Stream the ‘Puzzled Panther’ EP here.

Coming off the heels of a debilitating pandemic, the live music scene in New York is back with a vengeance and buzzing with new artists. Puzzled Panther will take the stage at Heaven Can Wait on April 12 for their EP release party, continuing a Casa Gogol Residency coined as the New New York Continuity Project. The series acts as an accelerator showcase for young artists in New York City, born out of Eugene Hütz’s mission to foster new, New York talent.

Other 2024 releases on Casa Gogol Records will include hypnotic singer-songwriter Grace Bergere, Jesus Christoph of Crazy & The Brains, Brooklyn punk band Mary Shelley and beyond. With an avalanche of releases and shows to follow today’s release, Casa Gogol will also hit the road, with Grace Bergere and Mary Shelley opening for Gogol Bordello on their upcoming West Coast Tour.

The New New York Continuity Project will hone in on the NYC community, where legions of iconic bands, including Gogol Bordello, were born. Audiences will catch emerging bands in the scene performing their new work alongside covers of iconic New York bands. Think Puzzled Panther does Sonic Youth, or Mary Shelley does The Talking Heads. “NYC has the most incredible musical lineage, we can’t let it slip away! We have to preserve it and strengthen it. Thus NYContinuity project, where New School collaborates with OG’s” – Eugene says.

Puzzled Panther release party poster

Puzzled Panther EP Release Party
Puzzled Panther w/ Bubbles & DJ Hütz
Friday, April 12 – 9:00pm
Heaven Can Wait – 169 Avenue A, New York, NY

True to its inception story, Casa Gogol first began as a touring series curated by Hütz, focusing on bringing like-minded artists on the road with Gogol Bordello. These uncompromisingly innovative musicians have included A Tribe Called Red (now The Halluci Nation), Mariachi El Bronx, Man Man and recently Amigo the Devil amongst countless others. Now Hütz’s imprint, Casa Gogol Records released a powerful Gogol Bordello collaboration cover of Angelic Upstarts’ “Solidarity” with Bernard Sumner (Joy Division and New Order) and Zachery Allan Starkey. Listen to Bernard Sumner’s “Right To Freedom” Mix and Gogol Bordello’s “Unity” Mix. This tribute to the punk and anti-Soviet movement will benefit Ukraine and stands in solidarity with oppressed groups worldwide.

Puzzled Panther EP cover artwork

‘Puzzled Panther EP’ track list

  1. Legs Long
  2. Smoke and the Mirrors We Broke
  3. What’s it Gonna Be?
  4. Unknown Ways
  5. Dazed & Confused

More about Puzzled Panther

NY psycho gen Z’s Victoria Espinoza (lead vocals) & Kay Bontempo (guitar, vocals) were brought up on a steady diet of Sonic Youth, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Gogol Bordello & Ramones. Backed by Eugene Hütz of Gogol Bordello (electric guitar/beats), Brian Chase of Yeah Yeah Yeahs (drums) and Alex Ryaboy (bass). Is that even real life? Yes. Only in NYC. Your Ultimate New New York band that ties it all together is here: Disco Punk Euphoria and No Wave Spazmatics in one mindmelt. “Plus they write truly killer songs, and that’s why! “ — Eugene Hütz adds. After a year of touring the US & Europe in 2023, Puzzled Panther’s debut EP is set to drop on Casa Gogol Records this year, with lead single produced by Nick Launay (Nick Cave, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Amyl and the Sniffers, Public Image Ltd, Gang of Four).

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