RECENT PRESS FOR TPBR’S THIRD ALBUM: ‘MAINTAINING DIGNITY IN AWKWARD SITUATIONS’
ROCKSHOT MAGAZINE’s ALBUMS OF THE YEAR 2017 – DEC 2017
“Dark humour, monstrously clever lyrics and severely catchy tunes combine to create the third album from these rising country/folk/gypsy/ska/punk stars”.
– Rockshot Magazine Dec 2017
RnR (ROCK-N-REEL) ALBUM REVIEW – NOV/DEC 2017
DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE ALBUM REVIEW – DEC 2017
MAVERICK MAGAZINE ALBUM REVIEW – DEC 2017
LONESOME HIGHWAY.com ALBUM REVIEW – DEC 2017
“the new The Penny Black Remedy cd is brilliant …. very clever,very funny … quite dark in places … but brilliant …”
– Noel Casey After Midnight On 103.2 Dublin City FM
WHISPERIN’ & HOLLERIN’ ALBUM REVIEW – DEC 2017
Album Rating – 90/100
Sometimes a “head up and through“ actually helps. In other situations it is more difficult to maintain decency and not want to sink your head into the proverbial sand. Sssswing your dance leg, Bub (boy), grab a girl, eyes that don’t stare into cuttings instead of eyes, and hopp-hopp, move, weigh yourself, rub together. Nothing better suited to find each other, have fun and quickly turn the filled glasses into empty ones.
Folk-Punk-Pop-Country-Roundabouts THE PENNY BLACK REMEDY surround with their sound the possibly prevailing resentments regarding Americana/ Country/Folk and bring the sound of their new album Maintaining Dignity In Awkward Situations to the audience – straight to us.
And this is what Keith M Thomson and Marijana Hajdarhodzic do, who alternate and complement each other with their cheerful and joyful mood amidst scattered ska-loans and dark fiddle within a very short time.
As long as we don’t understand every word of their lyrics in its entirety (you can look up the lyrics in the booklet) – it’s just a pleasure to read the titles of the songs of their recently released new album. The apparent discrepancy between friendly hooking-in and tactical jumping to dark Americana sounds and their evil-sarcastic lyrics offers an additional highlight when listening to these catchy and rather unfamiliar sounds.
A blessing between all the everyday „I love you stay with me tonight I will never gonna leave you„-radio gods are their hair-raising honest accounts of love and separation, the survival fights and emotional monoliths accompanied by grinding guitars (in It’s Dark Outside, for example, you are warned of murderers lurking in the bushes and you never know whether or not your own Lover is not a victim but rather a perpetrator…
For the release of their new video-single (planned for the spring of next year) Seventy Years, they let the guests rehearse a specially styled dance move at their concerts. In terms of mood, however, the highest fun factor seems to be the order of the day here and we can certainly look forward to the cinematic result. And, of course, we are keeping our fingers crossed for the fact that the ladies and gentlemen will also be presenting themselves live in our regions.
Written by Jens Erwinsson (translated from Austrian)
VIVE LE ROCK ALBUM REVIEW – NOV 2017
AMERICANA-UK ALBUM REVIEW – OCT 2017
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VIVE LE ROCK ALBUM PREVIEW – OCT 2017
Multinational gypsy-ska-punks THE PENNY BLACK REMEDY return next month with their first new album in four years.
Maintaining Dignity In Awkward Situations follows on from 2013’s acclaimed Inhale… Exhale… OK, Now You Can Panic! and was co-produced by MORRISSEY and POLECATS guitarist Boz Boorer at his Portugal studio and in Dubrovnik, Croatia, where the band nucleus of Keith M Thomson and Marijana Hajdarhodzic are now based.
The pair were joined on the sessions by former UK SUBS bassist Paul Slack, guitarist Jeremy Mendonca, violinist Basia Bartz and drummer Jamie Shaw, along with various special guests including Dave Ruffy and Segs Jennings from THE RUTS and ex-CANNIBALS guitarist Jeff Mead.
Originally formed in London in 2004, where they hosted the monthly Bam-A-Lam club nights at the legendary 12 Bar Club. They released their debut album No One’s Fault But Your Own in 2009. Says Thomson of the band’s music, “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 instil a sense of comfort and emotional unity…I think.”
Maintaining Dignity In Awkward Situations is set for release on mono del mundo through Cadiz on 24 November. It’s available to pre-order here.
The band play a special launch party on the day of the album’s release at The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle Street, London. Tickets are available here.
Click here for the full on-line article: http://vivelerock.net/the-penny-drops/
VENTS MAGAZINE ALBUM PREVIEW – OCT 2017
Following hot on the heels of 2013’s Inhale… Exhale… OK, Now You Can Panic!, the band nucleus knew they had to return with something special, and so recruited longtime Morrissey guitarist and musical director Boz Boorer to co-produce.Maintaining Dignity In Awkward Situations was recorded at Boz’s studio in Portugal and in Dubrovnik, Croatia, where the band’s nucleus of Keith M Thomson and Marijana Hajdarhodzic are now based.
Joining Keith (Scotland) and Marijana (Croatia) on the recording are Jeremy Mendonca (USA), Basia Bartz (Poland) and Londoners Jamie Shaw and former UK Subs bassist Paul Slack. The album also features guest appearances from Dave Ruffy and Segs Jennings of The Ruts and Peter Radcliffe from The Penguin Café Orchestra. Together they’ve created the most accomplished TPBR recording yet, tempering the band’s infectious Balkanised ska blueprint with undertones of classic Nashville country music.
Preceeded by the single ‘I’d Murder To Have You Back’, the album is set for release on Friday 24 November on their own mono del mundo label via Cadiz. It’s available to pre-order now at http://thepennyblackremedy.
The band play a special launch show on the day of the album’s release at The Islington, Tolpuddle Street, London N1. Tickets priced £10 are on sale now at https://www.wegottickets.
Click here for the full on-line article: http://ventsmagazine.com/2017/10/10/penny-black-remedys-dignified-return-new-album/