Philly-based band Penrose will rock out Kung Fu Necktie on December 23rdÂ to celebrate the release of theirÂ debut albumÂ Devil’s Grip.Â They will share a bill with TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, Hollis Brown, and The Great Vibration.
Composed of three brothers, Thomas, Patrick and Daniel Murphy, the origin of Penrose dates back to their childhood years taking music lessons together, but they really started to up the ante when they played their first show in the spring of 2009.Â Since then the trio has taken Philadelphia and New York City by storm, playing to large audiences at North Star Bar, The Khyber, The Mercury Lounge, and Arlene’s Grocery.Â They have had the privilege of opening for MGMT at Fordham University, participated in two CMJ showcases, and made the trek to Austin this past year for the SXSW Festival.
The group’s sound encompasses a little bit of many big names in rock – Led Zeppelin, The Doors (especially with organ in the mix), Radiohead, The Clash, and Delta Blues man John Lee Hooker.Â Dan’s haunting, bluesy voice is the perfect complement to the gritty guitar licks, thumping bass lines and roaring rhythm section that is the heart and soul of Penrose.
The title track of the album is fueled by rock but fairly fluent in blues, driven by dynamic drum and guitar riffs.Â The laid-back â€œLook Past the Skyâ€ evokes the rhythmic mellowness of Pink Floyd.Â â€œCrooked Teethâ€, about the attractiveness of evil, generally proves to be a crowd-pleaser live, and lets Dan show off his ability to play guitar and organ at the same time.Â The trio really generates a monumental sound in the final track of the album, Suite for Stack – a three-movement piece comprised of wild musical breakdowns, pounding percussion, and some real Mississippi blues in the organ and vocal melodies.
The show is 21+, and tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.Â Kung Fu Nectie is located at 1250 N. Front Street in Philadelphia.Â Don’t miss this band of brothers as they will definitely be playing to yet another packed house!Â Click here to purchase tickets.