Seattle Washington’s In Cahoots will be releasing their third album, Panic Attacks on August 12th and playing their CD Release / West Coast Tour Kickoff on August 14th at Columbia City Theater. Joining them will be Sightseer and Gretta Harley’s Mettle.
This feisty quartet, is lead by guitar-wielding chanteuse Christina Crammer — a vigilant disciple of Joan Jett, Chrissie Hynde and Debbie Harry. Christina’s soaring vocals have a beautiful mix of “vixen and venom” that highlight her clever songwriting skills. Both a mixture of old-school punk and classic-rock riffage — the songs setup her sing-along choruses in a powerful way.
Songs on the self-released Panic Attacks span the history of singer Christina Cramer’s songwriting career. Some like Triggerheart and Hollywood have been with her for over a decade. Finally, with this band, she’s decided to unveil them to the world. Others, like the John Lennon Songwriting Contest winner, Borrowed Time, and Sweet Tooth are new gems, helped shaped by her band mates.
The title of the album, as well as the cover art, is in reference to Cramer’s history of depression and anxiety. The recording of the album was made nearly impossible due to her debilitating panic attacks. She references her battle with these demons in the song Sunbreaks. The other members of In Cahoots (Rich Huston on bass, Brad Judy on lead guitar, and Dave Crossett on drums) were instrumental in not only getting the album finished, but also helping Christina find her way out of her darkest days. The hand reaching for the “falling girl” on the cover of the record is representative of how the music, and their support saved Christina.