Static Mountain, Conversations With Enemies
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Penrose is a Philadelphia blues-rock band comprised of brothers Tom, Pat, and Dan Murphy. Their influences range from the Delta Blues of John Lee Hooker and R.L. Burnside through to garage rock of the 90's and 00's of Jack White and Dan Auerbach, with hints of experimental psychadelic rock of musicians like Pink Floyd's David Gilmour and Radiohead's Johnny Greenwood.
Tom, Pat, and Dan had been making music since their early teen years on the family piano, but the brothers officially formed the band in the Spring of 2009 and played their first show in a warehouse in North Philly to a modest crowd. Since then, the band has worked to refine their sound and increase their exposure – both to much success. Most of their time is spent on the New Jersey Turnpike straddling New York City and Philadelphia's underground scenes. They've played packed shows and demonstrated their intense and engaging live act at venues such as Webster Hall and The Mercury Lounge in NYC, and The Trocadero and Kung Fu Necktie in Philly.
In the Spring of 2010, Penrose flew to Austin, TX for the South by Southwest music festival and gained new exposure to a new audience of to-be fans and music industry professionals. Upon return to the east coast, just before their one year anniversary, the band played to 6,000 people in New York as they opened for superstars MGMT. The Fall of 2010 saw Penrose at another major independent music festival, CMJ, as they played two packed showcases in Manhattan for the event. Penrose repeated the trip to Austin for SXSW 2011 and played three incredible showcases, including one that they hosted called the Woodrow Ave Massacre. They have a few showcases lined up for CMJ 2011, and have already been featured in a CMJ Spotlight.
Penrose has received considerable accolades from fans and press alike, both for their raucous live show and raw songwriting. Along with being honored as the Deli Magazine Band of the Month July 2010 and awarded Readers Choice EMERGING ARTIST of 2010, they have been described as:
"Penrose is the epitome of hard rock, modern blues revival with an alternative twist and personal touch." - Sasha Patpatia, CMJ
"This rock trio slayed us. . ." - The Audio Perv
"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." – CultureMob
"Raucous batch of tunes that harkens back to blues like Sonny Boy Williamson mixed with Led Zeppelin." – The Deli Magazine
"[They] display that sort of preternatural connection and musicianship as they wring the stomping, bluesy rock . . . and the trippy, spacey atmospherics from Floyd and Radiohead, for the songs that comprise their new LP Devil's Grip" – Philadelphia Weekly
"The Brothers Murphy open up and say "arg" while stretching the blues to stadium-size disgust." – City Paper
"Amazing sound…endless energy." – Junior's Cave
"Led Zeppelin meets blues meets Radiohead? And From Philly? Penrose." – Phillyist
Now the band has just finished recording their debut full-length album Devil's Grip and will be releasing it December 23rd, 2010. The album was celebrated with two massive shows in Philadelphia at Kung Fu Necktie and New York City at The Studio at Webster Hall. Penrose is now touring the country during an ambitious 24 city campaign and at the same time has begun work on the band's next record.
Static Mountain is a four piece rock band, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Loud guitars and a tight rhythm section set to focus on complementing each other to the fullest; resulting in a well-rounded and polished sound. That sound ends up a blending of harmonies, distortion, and textured layers of guitars with psychedelic pop sensibilities. Matt Williams and James Appello go back and forth with the trading of vocals and guitars, while the rhythm section of Greg Foran and Josh Del Rio provide the foundation of structured, tight-knit grooves. Without being afraid to keep guitar solos alive, Static Mountain produces a refreshing resurgence of old school rock and roll with modern twists. After releasing their self-titled debut full length album on Record Store Day in 2013, the band has gone on to play various shows throughout the East Coast while continuing to grow with the writing of their follow up EP; due out in 2015.
Conversations With Enemies
Created in West Philadelphia, electrified, and brought to life, Conversations with Enemies sings songs of love torn apart by death, zombies, and deals with the devil. The story is dark, but this five-peice, which features charming harmonies, rousing sing alongs, and "a criminal number of unabashed smiles," is anything but brooding. Described as combining "feel good indie pop" together with surf rock and gypsy folk, Conversations with Enemies are also known for delivering an irrepressibly energetic live set.