Panoramic and True

Panoramic and True

Panoramic & True is a pop band from Chicago; their clean, tense, and melodic sound has been praised by Rolling Stone, MTV, Chicago Tribune, WXRT, and NPR’s WBEZ, among others.

Formed by songwriter John Lennox after cutting his teeth in Montreal’s mid-2000 scene, Panoramic & True began in 2007 as an orchestral pop experiment: an electric guitar and a string quartet. As an eight-piece the band began touring the midwest and east coast in 2010, then embellished Lennox’s attic studio of castaway analog gear and spent the winter of 2012 recording the blend of garage, 60s soul, British Invasion, and indie pop that would become "Wonderlust" (Raymond Roussel Records).

"Wonderlust"’s signature—a mix of overdriven dirt and shimmer, explosive tom drum rolls, and high modern chamber pieces—earned Panoramic & True praise from local and national media.

Calling the experiment a success, in 2013 Lennox pushed for change: seeking a sparser sound, the band switched to its current four-piece guitar-based lineup and sought a sharper, crisper, and dancier sound for their "Wonderlust" follow-up. The "Bells" 7" single, released in 2013, channels a funk/disco vibe (though never losing Lennox’s cadences or the band’s instinctive sense of melody) and features, all at once, hand drums, a Rhodes breakdown, and of course, bicycle bells.

Panoramic & True is John Lennox (guitar/vocals/keys), Randy Mollner (guitar), Patrick Pritchett (bass), and Daniel Majid (drums). The band is currently working on its third full-length LP.

Mooner plays power-pop for the 21st century, melding their signature double lead-guitar attack with deceptively simple pop songwriting that pays homage to Elvis Costello, Big Star and Warren Zevon. The band has been featured on the airwaves via Chicago’s WGN and WXRT, where they were nominated for Best Local Artist. They have collaborated on compilations with Kimya Dawson, shared the stage with The Flamin’ Groovies and James McCartney and played to fans at hallowed Chicago venues like Lincoln Hall, as well as others across the Midwest.

Best of 2015
- WXRT, Chicago, IL

"Repeated listenings revealed a lot more including folk rock ala the Byrds and British Invasion era Searchers and even a smattering of Americana stylings that aren’t far removed from Jeff Tweedy‘s best work."
- Richard Milne, WXRT

“Fully digging this.”
- John Darnielle, The Mountain Goats

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Dance-punk influenced electronica; fun and trouble.


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