Combining intense life experiences with atmospheric, layered sounds, Voluptuous Panic is a West Coast-via-Midwest shoegaze/dreampop group created by The Icicles frontwoman Gretchen DeVault and music journalist Brian J.
Bowe. Voluptuous Panic began in 2013, when Bowe reached out to DeVault from his temporary apartment in Paris. As DeVault tumbled through postpartum depression in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Bowe was spending a year teaching at the Sorbonne and experiencing an existential crisis of his own. Discovering a mutual understanding of their shared emotional states, they began crafting transoceanic tracks as a sort of therapy. Voluptuous Panic’s recordings pair emotionally vulnerable lyrics with complex instrumental textures, delicate-yet-loud notes and DeVault’s melodic dreampop vocals.