I recently checked in with Panic Disorder's lead singer, Danny Guerrieri, who talked about the band's new album and the annoyances of playing covers.
New Times: Are you nervous about playing more shows full of originals instead of just working as a cover band?
Guerrieri: No, it excites us more than anything. It's been so long, we're raring to go. Most people just know us as a cover band, and sometimes we play an original and folks are like, uh, that's great, now let's hear "Sweet Home Alabama." I don't let it bother me, but we can do a heck of a lot more than that.
How long did it take you to finish this record, and what's it all about?
It took us about two months from start to finish once we went into the studio. The basic theme of the CD is, during the writing process... both my drummer and I were going through turbulent times in relationships. A lot of it is about trying to get your life and relationships on track... and how you deal with it.
How many songs do you have in your cover repertoire that you pool from each night?
We've got 150 songs that we can play note for note without having to think about it.
What's the most annoying song that people request— the one where you're like, "Fuck! Not that again?"
I'd have to say "Brown-Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison. Unfortunately, it's a great song... I only wish to write a song that popular some day. But if I had to play it again, I'd rather have my head chopped off.
What else is on that list?
"Sweet Home Alabama!" We've thrown in "All Summer Long" from Kid Rock just to spice it up, though. Also "Free Bird," but I refuse to play it. I just say, "Sorry, I'm not fucked up enough to play that song right now."