History

The Penny Black Remedy are a London-based, culturally diverse act renowned for their energetic live shows, unique musical fusion of many different genres and for songwriter Keith M Thomson’s distinct blend of darkly humorous lyrics and joyfully hooky melodies.

At TPBR’s core is Scottish born singer/songwriter/guitarist Thomson and singer/percussionist Marijana Hajdarhodzic from Croatia.

The band’s line up is a colourful and cross-cultural collective of noted, in-demand London musicians including TPBR regulars Jeremy Mendonca from California, USA on bass guitar/acoustic guitar/vocals and Basia Bartz from Poland on violin.

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 an 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”.

Noel Casey said on his radio show After Midnight 103.2 Dublin City FM:
“the new TPBR CD is brilliant… very clever, very funny… quite dark in places… but brilliant”.

‘Maintaining Dignity In Awkward Situations’ was included on various Albums Of The Year 2017 lists, including Adam Wilson’s Quiet Revolution Radio Show, Rockshot Magazine and Dancing About Architecture. The album was co-produced by Boz Boorer (Morrissey/The Polecats/Adam Ant).

TPBR released their debut album, ‘No One’s Fault But Your Own’, in May 2009 and their second, ‘Inhale… Exhale… OK, Now You Can Panic!’ in July 2013; both received rave reviews from the major music press including Q, Uncut, R2 Magazine, The Daily Mirror and Americana-UK on their release.

The Penny Black Remedy continue to keep a busy schedule and will be showcasing material from their new album on tours of the UK and Europe throughout Spring 2018 and beyond. They will be releasing the second single and video from their recent third album later in the year and plan to release an album of new material in 2019.

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.

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