Former Panic At The Disco Bassist Dallon Weekes Signs “I Don’t Know How But They Found Me”

FORMER PANIC AT THE DISCO BASSIST DALLON WEEKES
SIGNS HIS ONCE AND FUTURE BAND
I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME
TO FEARLESS RECORDS
Fearless Officially Debuts Double A-Side Single:
“Choke” and “Do It All The Time”
Catchy Concoctions of Art Rock, Space Rock and Alternative,
with Swaggering, Charismatic Pop Vocals

IDKhow Dallon Weekes, Ryan Seaman Photo Credit: Lauren Perry

Dallon Weekes, long time Panic At The Disco bassist and one of the songwriters/ lyricists behind that band’s certified-Gold release Too Weird To Live, Too Rare to Die!, announces a global recording agreement between his I Dont Know How But They Found Me (IDKhow) project and Fearless Records. First up is today’s official release of the double A-side single “Choke” and “Do It All The Time,” its initial 2017 social media and TuneCore limited release, “Choke” accrued an astounding 5.7-million YouTube hits and 5.3 million Spotify streams, based solely on fan reaction and word of mouth; “Do It All The Time” makes its worldwide debut today.

From the band, “The hard working people at IDKhow are pleased to align with Fearless Records to unearth and uncover the rare and forgotten recordings of I Dont Know How But They Found Me. We look forward to rediscovering this long-forgotten music together and giving IDKhow a second chance. For the first time.”

“I Don’t Know How But They Found Me,” a piece of dialogue from the ’80s classic sci-fi film “Back To The Future,” is a musical entity with a conceptual backstory: a band from the late 1970s/early 1980s that got its start on a popular cable access talent show only to have its songs and music videos completely disappear, and fade into obscurity. And now, thanks to the advent of the Internet, IDKhow is seeing its performances and recordings being rediscovered – for the first time – by a world that finally just might be ready for them.

“I was in the middle of making a record when I came across this series of old cable access talent shows from thirty-something years ago,” Weekes explained. “It was this bizarre, low budget parade of the strangest people, and I couldn’t stop watching it. I wanted to be on this crazy show, which was of course impossible. That’s when the concept of ‘I Dont Know How But They Found Me’ began.

“Do It All The Time,” Weekes’ critique of the very popular “Do What Thou Wilt” philosophy that seems all too common today, is a brand new track, never even performed live, that was recorded in Los Angeles last month. “Choke” was recorded at Weekes’ kitchen table in 2016 and subsequently remastered for today’s release on Fearless. With a nearly non-existent budget, the recording was forged in large part by friends who made necessities like recording equipment available to Weekes. IDKhow live performances followed with Weekes enlisting professional drummer and longtime friend Ryan Seaman to play in secret around Los Angeles. As word got out, the duo would deny any involvement in the band, and would deny it even existed at all. This secret ‘deny everything’ policy quickly made each of their officially unannounced shows near-instant sell-outs. With an initial seeding of the project to Weekes’ half-million Instagram followers, IDKhow has accumulated a combined eight-million+ views on the IDKhow YouTube channel and 7.5-million combined Spotify plays.

Beginning tomorrow, IDKhow makes its first-time appearances at the Reading Festival and then the Leeds Festival, which will be followed by a handful of select headline shows in London, Manchester and Glasgow. Dates are below. A North American tour slated for later this year will be announced shortly.

AUGUST
25 Reading Festival, Reading, UK
26 Leeds Festival, Leeds, UK
28 O2 Academy 2, London, UK (headline/SOLD OUT)
29 Manchester Gorilla, Manchester, UK (headline)
30 King Tuts, Glasgow, UK (headline/SOLD OUT)

CD Review: Panic! at the Disco “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die”

Panic! at the Disco
“Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die”
Produced by: Butch Walker
Release Date: October 8, 2013
Label: Atlantic Records

Our Score: 4 out of 5 stars

I was introduced to this band by my cousin back in 2005 with their album “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out”. The album has never left my phone over the years and is one of my favorites to rock out to. Unfortunately, I have felt that band has never really taken it up a notch since that album. I thought that they changed their sound too much with “Pretty. Odd”. I actually did like a few tracks on “Vices & Virtues” but nothing memorable. “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die” still doesn’t top the band’s 2005 album either but I feel that it comes the closest since and has been a blast to listen to.

First of all, I had a feeling this album was going to rock just being it has a wicked cool title. If you are a Hunter S. Thompson fan than you will enjoy that “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die” comes from his book “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”. Easily one of my favorite quote of all-time. The album really brings up the energy that the band had with “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out” and also tries a few different tricks, most successfully with “Miss Jackson” which is a funky yet rockin’ track.

The album is produced by Butch Walker (Fall Out Boy, Weezer). I love the energy in the tracks like “Vegas Lights” and “Nicotine”. But I have to give the most risky song on the album, “The End Of All Things”, props since it feels really personal and delivers on an emotional level. I would say if you haven’t been big on this band or are just finding this, this album is definitely worth taking a look at. I do warn you though get ready since from the very first track, this album kicks off and doesn’t look back until after it’s over.

Track Listing:
1. This Is Gospel
2. Miss Jackson (feat. Lolo)
3. Vegas Lights
4. Girl That You Love
5. Nicotine
6. Girls/Girls/Boys
7. Casual Affair
8. Far Too Young To Die
9. Collar Full
10. The End Of All Things

DVD Review “Panic Button”

Director: Chris Chow
Starring: Scarlett Alice Johnson, Jack Gordon, Elen Rhys and Michael Jibson
Distributed by: Cine-Britannia
Cert: 18
Running Time: 92 minutes

Overall Score: 2 out of 5 stars

These days, who isn’t involved with social networking. Your friends, parents and even grandparents are all involved. It has become the norm in today’s society. This film aims to show the consequences of living on social network websites. The film tries to deliver a suspense horror film but ends up wasting to much time and fails to entertain. The story feels very drawn out and claustrophobic, especially taking place 99% of the film in a airplane. This could have been interesting but fails, even the twist is weak and very predictable.

The story four lucky (or unlucky in this case) winners of a trip to New York from a social networking site called ‘All2gethr’. The group is set to play a game to win a grand prize but their deep dark secrets are reveals and challenged. they very quickly also find out that the people behind this trip have a different agenda for them. The film doesn’t fall into horror genre and leans more toward dramatic thriller at best.

The extras included on this release includes a gallery of trailers and teasers. Not sure where a gag reel fits in with this film but this has one. There is two short deleted scenes and also an outtake scene called “Jack Loses It”. They are all not very special. There is a featurette on the making of the film, which talks about the films background but overall the production is not very exciting. Lastly there is a gallery of images. Take a pass on this one.

 

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