Darkwave artist Panic Priest is back, this time with a gothic take on Raf’s Italo disco classic, “Self Control.” Made famous worldwide by chanteuse Laura Branigan, Panic Priest’s version is much darker and menacing than the familiar refrain. There are elements closer to Raf’s version, but it removes the peppy 80s synths and replaces them with more sinister guitar work. It’s a fresh perspective on a beloved tune, and it works well.
Vocalist Jack Armando (My Gold Mask) wanted to combine elements of both iconic versions, while adding his unique qualities. Armondoʼs deep, crooning vocals emotively weave together a bevy of dreamy guitars and synths, immediately bringing to mind Dave Vanian from The Damned with his cinematic romanticism. Daniel Belasco (Glass Apple Bonzai) provided synth and programming contributions to the song.
Self Control is off Panic Priest’s forthcoming new album “PSYCHOGORIA,” which is out on Negative Gain on October 21st and on vinyl through Midnight Mannequin Records in November. Pre-orders start for both on September 2nd.
Meanwhile, find Panic Priest’s music in the film Malignant, out now in cinemas and streaming.
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