A few years ago, Peter Kirk made a significant life decision as he left a stable finance career to chase after his life’s passion, music. Two years have passed and Kirk’s Panama Wedding is about to embark on their first headline tour, one that has already sold out over a quarter of the shows currently slated.
Beginning Monday, Nov. 30, Panama Wedding will begin their first headline tour and it has been a long-time coming for the group’s lead singer Peter Kirk. atombash.com had the opportunity to speak with him about what it means for the group to be headlining their first tour, their recently released EP Into Focus, thoughts on creating a full album and hopes for the future.
Panama Wedding has been touring quite a bit over the last year or so and they’ve learned quite a bit about how to put on a good show. Kirk said the group is excited to implement some of that knowledge into their headline tour, which kicks off in Allston, MA next Monday.
“For this full-length tour, it’s just exciting to be able to have the opportunity to really implement some of the things that we’ve learned along the way. We’ve toured so much with other bands and have learned so much in terms of how to put on a show, certain things to do to get the crowd excited, production and lighting. It’s now a crowd that is specifically coming to see us and I think that is the most exciting thing for me,” Kirk said. Full details on the tour can be found here.
Some may be wondering why Panama Wedding didn’t try to initially extend their tour through the holidays and into next year, and that’s because the tour was scheduled prior to the EP having been released. Kirk said they wanted to be a little “conservative” with dates since this was Panama Wedding’s first time headlining a tour.
There definitely seems to be the potential for additional shows in the future, though the group seems to be taking a wait-and-see approach. Kirk confirmed that The Bowery Ballroom show in New York City has already sold out, and their show in Chicago, IL has also sold out. Since sales have done well, there certainly is the possibility of new dates being revealed in the future.
“We’re waiting to see what happens with that before we plan something in January, February or March. To see our headline tour selling so well, it’s very liberating because now we think ‘why don’t we do this in the Midwest or on the West Coast?’ I think that will be the mentality going in 2016,” Kirk said.
Kirk mentioned Panama Wedding could be involved in a larger tour sometime during the spring of next year, however, the acts that would be involved are still trying to finalize details. “Those are some pretty big tours with some of our friends that we are excited about, but they’re not quite locked down yet.”
Panama Wedding released their debut EP back in 2014 called Parallel Play and it had a slew of hits, just like Into Focus does. The new record prominently features the tracks “Into Focus” and “A Brand New Life.” The latter track has to be a favorite among the five new tracks that are inside of Into Focus.
Coming off of the heels of Parallel Play‘s successful debut, there was some thought about creating a full album, however, Kirk said they held off on that because they didn’t want to jump the gun with an effort of that magnitude. “What happened was we promoted Parallel Play so much and toured a lot off of it.
“There was this gap of time between Parallel Play and where we were, and we felt like just dropping a full-length record on people out of nowhere seemed a bit premature. We felt like we had a lot of great songs we were excited about and wanted to bridge Parallel Play to full-length by essentially put out this EP,” Kirk said.
Panama Wedding is going to wait and see what happens with their upcoming tour and recently released EP before evaluating whether or not they should pursue a full album. Into Focus was designed as a record that’s more personal to Kirk, and the track “Into Focus” is about life when he still worked at a day job, while “A Brand New Life” takes a look at the expectations of growing older.
“It wasn’t about me, but it was about someone who leaves a very sophisticated job, making money in City and leaving all of that to move out to the suburbs and living a much more simpler, and ultimately happier life. I think Into Focus is a much more personal EP for me,” Kirk said.
Panama Wedding has come a long way since its inception a few years ago and the group looks to continue the success they’ve experienced thus far. The group is looking to capture some unique performing opportunities in 2016, as the mention of the famous outdoor amphitheater Red Rocks was thrown out as an example of one.
“I hope to be able to say that we are continuing to tour, our tours are selling well, our fan base is becoming solidified and we get to play great venues across the country. When we want to put out another record, I hope we have that fan base and everything is in place to keep the music alive and running,” Kirk said.