The dictionary describes Panacea:
"In Greek mythology, Panacea (Greek Πανάκεια, Panakeia) was a goddess of healing. Panacea was said to have a poultice or potion with which she healed the sick. This brought about the concept of the panacea in medicine, a substance meant to cure all diseases. The term is also used figuratively as something intended to completely solve a large, multi-faceted problem." If your problem is boredom, lack of good "get into my head" music, Pan.a.ce.a is definitely the cure for your!
Who is Pan.a.ce.a?
Pan.a.ce.a hales from the Wilkes-Barre, PA region. Pan.a.ce.a’s music is melodic hard rock punctuated by soaring vocals, crunchy riffs, exceptionally well-written songs and a high-energy stage show. They are at the top of the NE/Central Pennsylvania music scene, the same area that produced Breaking Benjamin, Live, Fuel, Halestorm and The Badlees.
“Pan.a.ce.a has done it again. They put out a rock album that blows everybody else out of the water…period.” — Rock on Request Magazine
Pan.a.ce.a is a High Energy Cure All That is Rising Rapidly to the Top!
Pan.a.ce.a’s music is engaging, with intelligent lyrics and high-energy arrangements that translate flawlessly to the live stage. With an enthusiastic regional fan base crowding every show, Pan.a.ce.a has risen to the top of the regional rock food chain and is getting significant national attention as well.
We the Broken is the group’s latest full-length recording. It’s an album that combines Pan.a.ce.a’s growth and maturity with major hooks and significant replay value. Andy Rajan, music critic for Wonka Vision Magazine, says it is “…a musical masterpiece filled with dynamic vocals, rock-steady beats and guitar melodies strong enough to make rockers worldwide smile.” And Cash Box Magazine’s Christopher Adams writes that
"We the Broken is the best independent rock album I have heard this year.” All 13 tracks were produced by Bret Alexander of The Badlees. Three songs, including the singles “Too Little Too Late” and "We the Broken," were co-produced by Breaking Benjamin guitarist Aaron Fink.
Regional radio has already played several songs from the album, now the rest of the country is getting a taste with the current single at rock radio, the title cut, "We the Broken." The Active Rock format is beginning to embrace Pan.a.ce.a with regular rotation and specialty show airplay on stations large and small across the country.
Back home, the band has just released Bare Bones, an EP that features six songs selected by the fans. Individuals voted online for their favorite songs from the group’s existing catalog and the winning tunes were then recorded in an acoustic format. One new song, "Don’t Walk Away," was included along with a beautiful cover of U2′s "All I Want Is You." Bare Bones was intended to be a special project for the band’s existing fan base and sold only at live shows, but after the label heard it they knew it was too good to keep quiet. The recording was released by Susquehanna Entertainment on September 21st. "Don’t Walk Away" is now getting a healthy amount of local airplay, and an "electric" version has been recorded and will be released as a digital single.
The "official" Pan.a.ce.a YouTube channel will debut this month with a live video of "We the Broken" that was shot at a local club last summer. Next to be added will be "Don’t Walk Away" which was filmed recently on location in Philadelphia, PA. The channel’s playlist will feature the best of the many unofficial videos currently populating YouTube. Many other projects are in the works, including a DVD release, a live recording, licensing for film and TV, and a new full-length album that will be released in the 3rd quarter of 2011.
The forces behind Pan.a.ce.a are singer/songwriter Tim Farley, drummer Kevin Harry, bassist Matt Jaffin and guitarist Paul Young. As a group, they have many accomplishments including two full-length albums and two EP’s which have all been critically acclaimed. They’ve been named best original rock act in Northeast-PA multiple times, and their music has even been arranged for and performed by the Allegro Orchestra in upstate New York. Along with a constant touring schedule including shows from Vermont to NYC to Baltimore, Pan.a.ce.a has also shared the stage with many national acts, such as Alice in Chains, Velvet Revolver, Breaking Benjamin, 10 Years, Rev Theory and Hinder, to name a few.
As their musical journey as a group progresses, each member continues to grow and follow their passion for music individually as well. When the full band is not playing or rehearsing, you’re likely to find them each doing a solo gig or performing in some other side project. As opportunities for most bands dwindle, Pan.a.ce.a continues to defy the odds by constantly reinventing themselves and the boundaries of possibility. As Cash Box Magazine put it, Pan.a.ce.a “…may well be on their way to the top."
Tim Farley — Lead Vocals
Kevin Harry — Drums/Samples
Matt Jaffin — Bass/Backing Vocals
Paul Young — Guitar/Backing Vocals
Anodyne EP (2005)
All or Nothing (2006)
All or Nothing (remix 2/17/09)
We the Broken (10/20/09)
"Santa Claus Is Back in Town" single (Dec. 2009)
Bare Bones EP (9/21/10)
Pan.a.ce.a is a Cure for What Ails You!
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