Where Dya get the name Zodiac Panthers from?
I Lifted the zodiac part from Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction. I always loved that name. The panthers part came from looking at MC5 albums with all the white panther party propaganda. It just clicked Zodiac Panthers would be a great name!
I’m Johnny Yeagher (vocals/guitar), Angela Yeagher (drums/backup vocals) & Nate Erney (bass).
We’re from Wilmington, North Carolina.
We’re influenced by 60s garage rock & 70s/80s punk mostly. Sonics, Music Machine, Stooges, Ramones, Testors, The Cramps, The Saints. The list could go on!
I write all of the music and most of the lyrics. Angela also writes lyrics and helps come up with lyrical themes. Once Angela and Nate work out their parts the songs take on a whole new life. That’s when it sounds like the Zodiac Panthers.What releases have you had so far and what can we expect over the next 6 to 12 months as far as recordings go?
We’ve released three EPs:
‘Zodiac Panthers’ / I Don’t Gotta, But I’m Gonna, Cause I Wanna’ / ‘Hexray Vision’
Four singles: ‘I’d Rather Be Dead’ / ‘Primal Astrology’ / ‘666 Feet Away From My Love’ / ‘Black Leather Heart’
Luckily I have a home studio so we can continue to release new music. ‘666 Feet Away From My Love’ and ‘Black Leather Heart’ were released during this pandemic. We have more material we’ll be releasing in a couple of months.
What about post pandemic and playing live?
This pandemic has definitely hurt us as far as playing shows and promoting our band. Playing live is how we generate most of our income for the band and make the majority of our fans. I’m just not sure how soon it’ll get back to normal or what the new normal will be.
If you could co-write with anyone who would you like a crack at? I guess alive or dead is fair game.
It would be Stiv Bators. I love his vocal style and his lyrics. He was definitely one of a kind. Very raw.
We’re heading to a desert island and you have to travel lite. Give us three records you’d take one book and three films?
The first New York Dolls record. I never get tired of hearing it. It’s so perfect.