Meet Panchinko, the Forgotten Band the Internet Helped Rediscover
Playing into the mystery of their serendipitous reemergence, Panchiko delivers British indie rock magic in their newest album, Failed at Math(s).
After giving up on their boiling potential due to lukewarm reception in the early 2000s, it wasn’t until one divinely guided 4chan /mu/ user stumbled upon their fossilized D>E>A>T>H>M>E>T>A>L record in 2016 and shared it with their digital community, igniting buzzing interest and insatiable curiosity around just who Panchiko was and where they had gone. Thus, a career was reborn, almost two decades later, yet exactly on time.
So who are the talented souls behind Panchiko? Based in Nottingham, Owain, Andy, Shaun, Rob, and John are regular ‘ol lads with haunting vocals and an ear for shoegaze, ahead of their time and finally catching up with the generation that gets it.
The lyrics on Failed at Math(s) are riddles meant to be unlocked, messages hidden in flowery stanzas and angsty lo-fi. Every song's meaning is to be felt, communicating through the evoking of emotion. Taking it on the road for their UK/EU tour this summer, this album stands as their introduction to the world of who Panchiko is now, with so much life lived through them. This is what time gifted those hopeful 17-year-olds, now in their late 30s, and what they have to say now.
With a rabid fanbase, exceptional streaming numbers, and newfound fame, Panchiko is humbly accepting their long overdue flowers. Beyond indie pop pioneers, this band embodies the beauty in surrendering to time, in trusting that what is meant for you will never miss you. Rather than ones to watch, Panchiko are ones we’re sorry we missed, and are so glad we caught this time around.
Listen to Failed at Math(s) below: