You will rarely find a band as funky or as generous as Penguin Prison. Chris Glover and company have been making the international festival circuit and are back in the states. They will be opening for Neon Trees in July 2012, so make sure you go see them as you will have a great night!
In other Penguin Prison news, their new remix EP, “Fair Warning” is available for a limited time for FREE download!
On April 25, 2012, New York was treated to a double bill of great dance music as Penguin Prison and Miike Snow played their second of three sold out shows at Terminal 5. I’ve seen Penguin Prison perform quite a few times and to date, this is the largest venue I’ve seen them play. It worked perfectly to see close to 3,000 people shaking their bodies to the infectious dance pop of Penguin Prison’s music. Despite a photographer pit and a huge barricade, lead singer Chris Glover still found a way to jump into the crowd and dance with the audience. One of the highlights for me was their cover of Lana Del Rey’s “Blue Jeans,” of which Penguin Prison recently remixed. The track got no introduction and when the lyrics began, you could hear the audience squeal with delight. Hearing 3,000 people shout out “Don’t Fuck With My Money” was also one of the pinnacles of the night. For those attending tonight’s 3rd and final night, the show begins promptly at 8:00 PM, so don’t miss Penguin Prison’s set!
Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow
An hour and a half later at 9:30 PM, Miike Snow took the stage. They must have taken my suggestion from their previous tour, which consisted of nearly the same light display for the duration of the show, as each song had a different and even more wild light show than the previous track. Like their last tour, the band emerged from behind a smoke machine wearing masks. They removed the masks after the first song and the audience was loving every second of it. Lead singer Andrew Wyatt moved all over the stage and often sang at a keyboard towards the rear of the stage. In the center of the stage, there was huge pod-like device that had lights, keyboards and a projector contained within it (see photo below). I’ve never seen anything like that before. Highlights of the show were the excellent new songs “Paddling Out,” (of which Penguin Prison recently remixed and is great) as well as “Devil’s Work.” Classics from their debut album such as “Sylvia,” “Animal” and “Sans Soleil” were also played.
Miike Snow - Terminal 5
Thanks to Penguin Prison and Miike Snow for a great night of lights and dancing!
Penguin Prison rules! Every song they have is danceable, catchy and will make you want to play it over and over again. I didn’t think there could be any more ways to tell you how much I love Penguin Prison, but I was wrong. Here it is in a bunch of different languages!
Afrikaans: ek is lief vir die pikkewyn die tronk
Arabic: أحب البطريق السجن
Czech: Miluju tučňáka vězení
Danish: Jeg elsker pingvin fængsel
Dutch: ik hou van pinguïn gevangenis
French: i love prison pingouin
German: ich liebe Pinguin Gefängnis
Greek: Λατρεύω πιγκουίνος φυλακή
Hebrew: אני אוהב את הכלא פינגווין
Icelandic: ég elska Penguin fangelsi
Italian: amo carcere pinguino
Korean: 난 펭귄 감옥을 사랑
Latin: i amor Imperio carcere
Portuguese: eu amo prisão pinguim
Russian: Я люблю пингвинов тюрьмы
Spanish: me encanta la cárcel de pingüinos
Vietnamese: i yêu chim cánh cụt tù
If you’re still with me, check out the amazing Penguin Prison performing “Something I’m Not” live at Bowery Ballroom on March 28, 2012.
December 30, 2011 was an epic night. New York based dance pop bands Class Actress and Penguin Prison got New York in a dancing mood as they performed a double bill of greatness at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg. 2011 has seen the meteoric rise to fame for both groups and I am certain that 2012 will see even higher heights for Class Actress and Penguin Prison.
From the second Class Actress hit the stage, an all out dance party ensued as lead singer Elizabeth Harper’s sexy vocals over lush beats got the crowd ready to groove. Performing songs from her excellent EP “Journal of Ardency” and her full length debut “Rapprocher,” the crowd went wild as we danced to songs like the ultra funky “Keep You,” “Limousine,” “Let Me Take You Out,” and “Careful What You Say.”
The crowd was ready to groove by the time Penguin Prison took the stage, and like the music of Class Actress, every song played is catchy and knows how to rev the audience up. Lead singer Chris Glover jumps into the crowd, plays guitar behind his head and delivers the funk. His set consisted of songs such as the infectious “In The Way,” “Desert Cold,” “Something I’m Not,” “Animal Animal,” “Don’t Fuck With My Money,” and he also performed his excellent remix of Lana Del Rey’s “Blue Jeans.” 2012 is going to be a huge year for Class Actress and Penguin Prison and for those that got to witness this great double bill, all we can say is thanks for a great night!
I’ve been really lucky to see both bands introduce their new material to receptive audiences and it’s so cool to see that in a few short months, the entire venue is singing along to the songs. It’s only going to get bigger for Class Actress and Penguin Prison and I am so excited for their futures!
If you don’t know the music of Penguin Prison or Class Actress, I suggest you remedy that right now. Your body, mind and soul will thank you for it!