Junior Pantherz - Rejoice, Remain
Maybe it’s their undying commitment to rock’n'roll. Or their pure Prairie this-year-the-rain’ll-come stubbornness. Or that middle-of-the-night feeling that there’s still something more to say. Whatever the reason, Saskatoon’s favourite musical offspring Junior Pantherz couldn’t resist jumping back into the arena with a whole lotta ear-blistering volume. The ten songs on Rejoice, Remain, are dark rock songs brimming with driving guitars and percussive intensity, and augmented with strings, horns, and other surprising touches. The muscular yet nuanced sound that Terry Mattson (guitars/vocals), S.J. Kardash (bass/vocals) and Arnold Van Lambalgen II (drums) honed to perfection has risen to new heights with the addition of Maygen Kardash on keyboards, trumpet and vocals. Junior Pantherz’ range has never been greater, juxtaposing tight harmonies, earnest and honest lyrics, and industrial-strength bombast.