Eugene Hütz & Brian Chase's Puzzled Panther Announces NYC EP Release Show

Article Contributed by Shore Fire Media | Published on Tuesday, February 6, 2024

With the recent launch of Casa Gogol Records (Rolling Stone), Eugene Hütz, frontman of NYC’s celebrated Gogol Bordello, is on a mission to amplify a New New York sound. His new band Puzzled Panther is led by principal songwriter Victoria Espinoza, Kay Bontempo, Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Alex Ryaboy.

On Wednesday, February 21, Puzzled Panther kicks off the art punk party of the year at Baby's All Right, with material from their upcoming self-titled EP. The night is a double bill with Knifethrower, a new band founded by former Skeleton Key frontman Erik Sanko. Knifethrower draws on their past experiences and collaborations with James Chance and the Contortions, John Cale, SQÜRL (Jim Jarmusch), The Lounge Lizards, and Yoko Ono.

Puzzled Panther is set to release their self-titled debut EP on Casa Gogol Records in Spring 2024. Their new video for “Smoke and the Mirrors We Broke” is out now - single is produced by post-punk legend Nick Launay (Nick Cave, Amyl and the Sniffers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Idles).

Coming off the heels of a debilitating pandemic, the live music scene in New York is back with a vengeance and buzzing with new artists. Puzzled Panther’s show at Baby’s All Right will kick off Hütz’s New New York Continuity Project, an accelerator showcase for young artists in New York City. This project, born out of Casa Gogol’s mission to foster New New York talent, will continue on to Heaven Can Wait residency starting on March 1 with DJ HÜTZ and Mary Shelley. The New New York Continuity Project will showcase young New York bands playing iconic tracks from iconic New York bands. Think Puzzled Panther does Sonic Youth, or Mary Shelley does The Talking Heads…

NYC has the most incredible musical lineage, we can't let it slip away! We have to preserve it and strengthen it. Thus NYContinuity project, where New School collaborates with OG’s” - Eugene says.