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Chris Glover of Penguin Prison
I don’t know how they do it, but every time I see Penguin Prison live, they are better than the time before. On July 7, 2011 the funky foursome turned New York’s Tammany Hall into an hour long dance party and it was so much fun. I’ve seen Penguin Prison live many times and there are not many bands these days that I feel deserve so much repeat business, but Penguin Prison is one of those bands. From the second they hit the stage, they play songs that make you feel good, throw your hands up in the air and let the music take control of your soul. Lead singer Chris Glover plays the electric guitar over his head, jumps into the audience and has a very soulful voice. Coupled with flashing lights and funky beats, the audience went wild. Everyone was singing along to songs such as their singles “Golden Train,” “A Funny Thing,” “Multi-Millionaire” and the fan favorite “Don’t Fuck With My Money.”
Rockin' like a multi-millionaire
When I arrived at the venue, I met Chris Glover’s father who was in attendance and it was really cool to talk to him. Moments later, I chatted with Chris who revealed that their debut album, which comes out in September 2011, will feature 11 tracks. Several of the tracks have been released digitally and I like all of them, so I am very excited for the album. The band has already done remixes for the likes of Jamiroquai and Kylie Minogue so it’s clear the future is bright for Penguin Prison. They often release free remixes to their fans, so bookmark Penguin Prison’s official site or follow them on Twitter @penguinprison so you don’t miss out on the latest news.
Chris Glover (center) dancing with the crowd
See the setlist after the jump.
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One of the only good things about the New York venue Tammany Hall is this door that features the work of Parisian street artist Mr. Andre. I’ve been to the newly rechristened venue twice (once for a show and once for a party) and I am not a fan. The venue is totally disorganized (read: security guards kept people waiting outside in sub-freezing temperatures when the venue was empty on the inside AND you had to check in twice after entering the venue) and the performance space has horrible sight lines. Of course, I’ll go back as long as they book events that sound fun, but I am keeping my fingers crossed that I don’t have to go there too often.
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Chris Glover of Penguin Prison
Coming from someone that is fortunate enough to see hundreds of bands a year, I can honestly say there are a select few who really put on a great show time after time. New York’s Penguin Prison is one of those bands. Their sold out show at Manhattan’s Tammany Hall on February 3, 2011 was the fourth time I’ve seen Penguin Prison perform and I had a great time! Their songs are all catchy as they seamlessly blend pop, soul, funk and dance music. Lead singer Chris Glover has a voice that is like “Off The Wall” era Michael Jackson meets Justin Timberlake. In addition to sounding amazing and being totally engaging with the crowd, he often plays the electric guitar upside down!
The hour long set included the band’s new single “Golden Train” as well as another sure fire hit, “Don’t Fuck With My Money.” It was great to see the audience singing along to tracks such as “A Funny Thing” and “The Worse It Gets” and people were dancing all night long. I think Penguin Prison is going to have a long and successful career ahead of them, as evidenced by the fact that they’ve already done remixes for the likes of Kylie Minogue, Goldfrapp and Jamiroquai. Their debut album will be out later this year, and I cannot wait to get it! Thanks to Penguin Prison for another great show!
The setlist was:
Something I’m Not / The Worse It Gets / Golden Train / Animal Animal / A Funny Thing / In The Way / Don’t Fuck With My Money / Multi-Millionaire
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Exciting news for fans of Penguin Prison! Hot on the heels of their massively successful tour with Girl Talk, Penguin Prison return to New York for a special one off show at Tammany Hall. If you haven’t seen Penguin Prison in concert, I urge you to do so! Lead singer Chris Glover has an amazingly soulful voice, every song is pop/dance perfection and the guy is known to play the electric guitar behind his head! There are not too many bands that I’ll see every time they come around but Penguin Prison are one of them!
The show will be at Tammany Hall on February 3, 2011. Find out all the details and get your tickets at this link. They are going to sell out quick, so act fast! See you there!