But bassist Panter doesn’t only do music, he’s also a noted artist. His work fuses collage and pop art in the manner of Peter Blake, but also paintings, like his series of the much-cherished cassette or mixtape. The paintings feature the scribbled handwritten names of bands and songs, which is synonymous with mixtapes, noting music from bands like Blur, Nirvana, The Specials and The Jam.
Anyone who grew up making mixtapes or taping singles off the radio top 40 chart will have an instant twinge of nostalgic fondness at seeing them. “For the very first time, music was portable and individual,” says Panter about this beloved medium. “Making mixtapes was just so liberating in terms of choosing what to listen to... I still don’t get Spotify!”