by Hannah Galvin

STEP PANTHER are just a bunch of Sydney’s rock Gods. At the close of 2011, we saw them release their self-titled debut album through Speak N Spell. As a result of their gritty, carefree, garage tunes, they were included in NME’s Top 100 list for Best New Bands of 2012.

After having just announced their Australian ‘Maybe Later’ single launch tour (one in which will be at our new Sydney club night Discovery which you can read more about HERE), we caught up with a third of the band – D-Rad – the band’s drummer and vocalist, a clear fan of the sk8er boi Paddlepop Lion doppleganger..

What is the meaning behind the name ‘Step-Panther’?

I dunno, we just got high and random-word-generated together.

You guys have been called everything from lo-fi to garage to surf to slacker to indie to rock. How would you define yourselves?


What was the last video you watched on Youtube?

I have all of Nickelback’s clips on rotation.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?

Teleportation so I can get to my Centrelink appointments on time.

How do you spend your down-time?

Down at the local, smoking durries, sinking tinnies and having a slap.

You’ve just announced a massive national tour. What is your one essential item to take on tour?

Our licence to ROCKKK!!

Do you have any pre-gig rituals? Animal sacrifices?

Mostly just bargaining/hassling for free drinks…….What’s the rider like at Discovery?

You guys are performing at our opening night, Purple Sneakers Presents ‘Discovery’ at the Brighton Hotel. What do you have in store?

Cold Chisel covers, open mic freestyle-battling and lots of booty shaking.

Catch Step Panther on their tour this October. We’re particularly looking at you Sydney kids. Woo hoo for the Discovery launch!


Friday, 12th October, Melbourne
Workers Club, Fitzroy
w/- Bad Dreems + Bored Nothing
Tickets at http://www.cornerhotel.com

Saturday, 13th October, Adelaide
Plus One at Ed Castle
w/- Bad Dreems
Tickets on the door

Thursday, 18th October, Brisbane
Oh Hello at Cobra Kai, Fortitude Valley
w/- Bad Dreems
Tickets on the door

Friday, 19th October, Gold Coast
Elsewhere, Surfers Paradise
w/- Bad Dreems + Little Mind
Tickets at http://www.oztix.com.au

Friday, 26th October, Sydney
Brighton Up Bar, Darlinghurst (Discovery launch!)
w/- Bad dreems + Bored Nothing
Tickets on the door

Saturday, 27th October, Wollongong
Yours & Owls
w/- Bad dreems + Bored Nothing
Tickets on the door

Published on Purple Sneakers.