lace a band on a raft, surround them by a flock of synchronized swimmers, and let them twist and turn to the sound of their punky, carefree, indie pop. It's the quirky concept for this video from Portland's Panther
. Of course it's not all fun and games. After all, Charlie Salas-Humara
is singing "The cold dead fell like we were in battle" (I think). Naturally the fall is coming, and in this video for "Birds that Move" that means Panther's members begin to drop like flies. - David Pitz
Portland, Oregon's Charlie Salas-Humara is essentially the one-man band Panther, who has toured with the Gossip and Ratatat. Known for his unusual chaotic dancing, his eccentric noodlings involve a melting pot of funk, disco, soul, and electro. Raised in the suburbs of Chicago, he moved to Portland in 1995 with his band the Planet The, who stayed together for a decade. At a solo performance night where people from different bands played acoustic, Salas-Humara sabotaged the night with drum machines. With encouragement from friends, he continued experimenting as Panther. The result was Secret Lawns in March 2007, which includes guest spots from members of YACHT, White Rainbow, Plants, Point Line Plane, and E*Rock. After adding drummer Joe Kelly (formerly of 31 Knots), Panther switched to Kill Rock Stars for 14 Kt. God.