The Panic Channel: (ONe)
The Panic Channel is a new group formed from Jane's Addiction leftovers: Dave Navarro on lead guitar, Stephen Perkins on drums, Chris Chaney on bass and newcomer Steve Isaacs on lead vocals and guitar. (Note: Isaacs's rock credentials include acoustic gigs and being a former MTV VJ.)
Not willing to be classified as a "super group" created from the ashes of broken bands that inevitably suffers from being unable to hit the mark of their original bands, The Panic Channel plans to make their mark on the power-rock scene with their debut album (ONe).
The album kicks off with energy and force that will surely be enough to score radio play on modern heavy-rock stations, but their real draw is from the eerie atmosphere created on the slower melodic tunes. Isaacs' sometimes cheesy lyrics expand into creepy tunes, with good hooks and slow rock grooves. The harder songs had a peculiar way of making me check to see if I had actually put a Foo Fighters album on instead. As always, Navarro wails out solos but has evolved from the funky jam rock of his past into solid modern rock. Navarro has a recognizable guitar sound, and on the CD cover he is shirtless as always, (though his chest tattoo of Carmen Electra's initials are covered by a perfectly placed necklace). Do not expect an album that sounds anything like Jane's Addiction, but if you like what you hear on Boise's own 100.3 FM, (ONe) should fit right into your collection.