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Pandas: Maximum Fucking TendernessMaximum Fucking Tenderness (2008)
self-released

Reviewer Rating: 2.5


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Describing what Pandas do on their Maximum Fucking Tenderness EP is as difficult as one might guess from such a name, release title and cover art (which has nothing to do with actual pandas). Let's try it, though: spazzy rock with minor flashes of grind-y/tech-y metallic hardcore? Kind of. These .
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Describing what Pandas do on their Maximum Fucking Tenderness EP is as difficult as one might guess from such a name, release title and cover art (which has nothing to do with actual pandas). Let's try it, though: spazzy rock with minor flashes of grind-y/tech-y metallic hardcore? Kind of.

These guys can play their instruments, sure, but the way they combine everything–from strained singing/scratchy yelps to riddled double-bass fills and finger-tapping/painfully screechy guitars–just feels awfully disjointed and directionless. These four songs just don't really go anywhere.

"The Predator's Barm Is Arming" opens with a random grind thrust out of Daughters' playbook circa Canada Songs before the track tries more melodic, spastic grounds, and then goes with some violent stop-start guitars that seem to go for a Dillinger Escape Plan thing but sound more like Finch's "The Casket of Roderic Usher". There's more interesting, gyrating rhythmic stuff happening in closer "Thundercougarfalconbird" before it goes into generic metallic mosh pummeling, while the rest of this EP still doesn't coalesce with itself that sensibly.

This EP was released over two years ago, so Pandas have probably smoothed out their iffy tendencies by now. Let's hope.

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istapledmyfoot (February 12, 2011)

amazing album title. this ep shows potential but yeah, too many parts don't work and it all comes of as kind of formless. definitely got the daughters vibe. seems like it would be fun live, but on record i need more cohesion.

dingbat (February 11, 2011)

This may be the best album title I have ever heard.

eatdogs (February 11, 2011)

that's some of the most awesome album art i've seen in a while...

gpark (February 11, 2011)

I'm Greg and I play one of the guitars in Pandas, and I take serious umbrage with this review. We can *not* play our instruments. Everything else you write is accurate.

In seriousness, thanks for the review, and sorry you didn't like the EP. It is serendipitous, however, that you'd review it today- we just posted a little preview of our upcoming album today as well (no, seriously, it was an actual coincidence). Interested parties can check it out on our site (pandasdestroy.com) or YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vMikr4eARU (still iffy? probably). There's also a bunch of poorly shot live footage which may give a better/worse impression of us.

The new album should be finished this month, and we'll be sure to send you a copy to see if what you think.

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