Video by Catherine Acosta
Jan 30, Lincoln Hall, Chicago, 10pm
W/ Box Jellyfish (11p), The Pear Traps (9p), and Cold Blue Kid (8p)
Feb 13, The Hideout, Chicago w/ Rachel Ries (record release)
Nov 15, Wire, Berwyn w/ Beach Fossils
Panoramic & True is a rock band from Chicago. The group performs regularly in Chicago and tours frequently; their clean, tense, and melodic sound has been praised by Rolling Stone, MTV, Chicago Tribune, WXRT, and NPR’s WBEZ, among others.
Panoramic & True is John Lennox (guitar/vocals/keys), Randy Mollner (guitar), Patrick Pritchett (bass), and Daniel Majid (drums).
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 slightly dancier sound for their Wonderlust follow-up. Bells, 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.
The band is currently working on its third full-length LP.
Camera photo by Lisa Lux; art by Alana Bailey and Catherine Acosta.
Rolling Stone praises P&T’s “pop sophistication” and names P&T top Chicago “band to watch” —9/13
Chicago Tribune feature: Wonderlust has a “rich, warm sound to its tightly wound, postmodern guitar pop” 9/13
MTV Hive also covered “A Week of Good Health” (Wonderlust)
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal show preview: “wonderful” 2/13
Redeye feature 7/12
WBEZ (NPR affiliate) feature 6/12
Panoramic & True at the Empty Bottle (Lisa Korpan)