History

The Penny Black Remedy are a London based band renowned for their energetic live shows and for their unique musical fusion of many different genres, including Folk, Americana, Punk and Ska.

The combination of singer/songwriter Keith M Thomson’s distinct blend of darkly humorous lyrics and joyfully hooky melodies and the band’s high-octane stage antics have enticed and entertained audiences across the UK and Europe since the band’s inception (in London, 2004).

At the band’s core is Scottish born front-man and guitarist Thomson and singer/percussionist, Marijana Hajdarhodzic, from Croatia. Keith & Marijana have been performing music together since 2006. The band’s line up is a colourful and culturally diverse collective that includes Paul Slack from London on bass; Jeremy Mendonca from California, USA, on acoustic guitar and vocals; violinist Barbara Bartz from Poland; And Jamie Shaw, also from London, on drums.

Paul Slack is an original founding member of legendary punk bands, UK Subs and The Flying Padovanis. Jeremy Mendonca and Jamie Shaw also play together in respected London based Americana bands The Hallelujah Trails and Norton Money. And Barbara Bartz is an in-demand violinist who plays for many established acts including Nadine Khouri, Gabrielle Moreno and Dana Immanuel.

Keith and Marijana also perform, tour and record TPBR songs as an acoustic duo (footage and recordings of which can be found on the band’s website; www.thepennyblackremedy.com)..

Keith also writes, records and releases music as a solo artist (which can be heard by directing to his solo website; www.kmthomson.com).

TPBR released their debut album, ‘No One’s Fault But Your Own’, in May 2009. The album includes many favourites from their live set, such as; Bring Back Brando, 95 Charing Cross Road, Don’t Count On Us, The First Time I Saw Angels and Come Back When You Have More Ambition. The album was released on their own independent label, Soundinistas, and is distributed globally by Cadiz Music.

The band released their much anticipated second album, ‘Inhale… Exhale… OK, Now You Can Panic!’ in July 2013 to rave reviews from the major music press including Q, Uncut, Rock’n’Reel Magazine, The Daily Mirror and Americana UK. The album includes two singles, ‘Some People Just Don’t Know When To Quit’ and ‘Up To My Neck In A Hex’, which was accompanied by their first promo video. Uncut said of the album “Festival folkies hit cross cultural sweet spot!“, R2 magazine said “Stand-out track? All of ‘em – turn it up!” and Americana UK said “A boisterous riot of an album… It bursts out of the speakers, dances on the sofa, pogos into the kitchen, drinks all your beer and then boogies round your living room while laughing maniacally!“.

The Penny Black Remedy released their third album, ‘Maintaining Dignity In Awkward Situations’ on 24th November 2017 and immediately garnered much critical praise from the music press. RnR Magazine gave the album a n early glowing 5 Star review, saying ‘Lead singer and songwriter for The Penny Black Remedy, Keith M Thomson, is a genius. It is the strength of these genre-straddling songs that makes Maintaining Dignity In Awkward Situations a diamond shining bright amongst the wealth of Gypsy-tinged folk and country bands competing for our attention’ and Americana-UK said of the album ‘dark and delicious tales from the darkside’. The album was produced by Boz Boorer (Morrissey/The Polecats/Adam Ant) and Keith. It was preceded by the single, ‘I’d Murder To Have You Back’, which was accompanied by a video, filmed in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The album was released by mono del mundo records and is distributed globally by Cadiz Music.

On the subject of TPBR’s music, Thomson says: “The fact that most of the songs are about death, lost love, living in a constant state of crippling paranoid fear and/or 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.

The Penny Black Remedy continue to keep a busy schedule and will be showcasing material from their new album ‘Maintaining Dignity In Awkward Situations’ on tours of the UK and Europe throughout Winter 2017 into Spring 2018.