London, Britain (UK)
With their high octane live sets and unique musical fusion of Americana, Punk, Folk and Ska, The Penny Black Remedy have been thrilling crowds across the UK and the rest of Europe since the band’s inception in London in 2007. Their live performances, as forceful as party political campaign rallies, but unlike those – honest to the core, have seen them build a fiercely loyal following, who happily brave many miles and borders to see them. Songwriter Keith M Thomson’s fine blend of darkly humorous lyrics and joyful life affirming melodies have enticed diverse, international, audiences to fully engage in their distinctively interactive shows by enthusiastically singing-along to every word. Some of these songs can be found on their album, ‘No One’s Fault But Your Own’ (released on their own independent label Soundinistas, and globally distributed by Cadiz Music). Thomson says:
“The fact that most of my songs are about death, lost love, living in a constant state of crippling paranoid fear and coping with the daily grind of everyday life is irrelevant. Encouraging people to sing loudly and out of tune about the absurdity of general existence seems to instill a sense of comfort and emotional unity….I think.”
This colourful and culturally diverse collective consists of Keith M Thomson from Scotland on vocals and guitar, Croatian vocalist Marijana Hajdarhodzic, and Dutch drummer Wilco van Eijk. Keith, Marijana and Wilco were proud to recently welcome UK Subs and Flying Padovanis legend Paul Slack on bass duties. Since last year, TPBR have on occasion been joined on stage by exceedingly energetic and equally charismatic brass section, The Horns of Fury.
Some of The Penny Black Remedy’s highlights so far have included winning Best Alternative Act at the UK Indy Awards, sharing bills with bands such as the Buzzcocks and Fishbone, live acoustic sessions on BBC Radio Five Live and Resonance FM, airplay on BBC Radio 2 and Radio 6 (‘Song Title of the Week’ with Steve Lamacq), being voted by the audience in the ‘top 3 best acts’ at Larmer Tree Festival, playing festival scene few years running (Glastonbury, The Secret Garden Party, Bestival, Larmer Tree) and The Guardian newspaper claimed their song, ‘I Won’t Argue When I’m Dead’, as:
”Quite simply, the finest country sing-along I’ve heard on the vexed pop topic of how one’s body should be disposed of after death”.
TPBR continue to keep busy schedule. With a new single release in May 2013 and highly anticipated new album, ‘Inhale… Exhale… OK, Now You Can Panic!’, to be released in July, combined with tours in the UK, France, Ireland and across Europe for the rest of the year, The Penny Black Remedy are set for a bright and busy future