We are an Indie Alternative 5 piece band (all sing), we have released 3 singles and 1 EP since June 2015 all with glowing reviews and national airplay play listed and TV appearances. We have a full demo album recorded (with 7 more songs to be mastered) and the plan is to release this with the backing of Indie label sometime in the future We plan to release another single in the March followed by an EP (May) building to an album. We played 2 gigs in London this year and were scouted by Mascot, Domino and Warner UK all keen to see the band develop particularly in the UK.
* "This band is one of Ireland's best kept secrets" - Spill Magazine
* picked from over 400 acts to play 2016 The Sea Sessions Festival Unsigned Slot *
* Both Melody and Harmony singles picked as JOE.IE song of the day
* Invited by Alan Mc Gee to play gigs as part of the Musicians Against Homlessness campaign in Wales and UK
* Invited to support Aslan at this year Made in Dublin Revisited in Vcar Street
* "Amazing puppet video for Penrose's 'Harmony' Irish five-piece Penrose demonstrate why they’ve been variously compared to The Beatles, ELO and Richard Ashcroft on ‘Harmony’, which is lifted from their debut Live For The Dream EP. There's also a big bang of Oasis off the track, which should be fast-rotated immediately by Ireland's radio station." Stuart Clarke, HP
Reviews for single - MELODY :
Hot Press 5/5 "Upbeat ,Effervescent and infectious. The stomping radio friendly tune harks back to the days of 90's Britpop"
The Last Mixed Tape 4/5 “a song covered in the bouncing, upbeat vibrancy that indie-rock is capable of when in the right hands”
Essentially pop 5/5 “We defy anyone not to tap their foot or nod their head to this song”
Pure M Magazine 4/5 “its bright and buoyant demeanour makes for an offering that’s as uplifting as it is exciting”
Dublin Concerts 4/5 “it’s a smart upbeat song which has memorable hooks all the way through. Single written all over it”
Unsigned & Independent 5/5 “majestic as much as it is rich in calibre”
Irish indie rock ensemble Penrose has its roots in a two person act originally started by musician Darragh McGrane in 2013. The original line up quickly gained hype by performing at venues such as Sweeney’s, The Grand Social, Sin E and The Mercantile as well as appearances on Balcony TV and Radio Nova.
The line-up re-launched as a exciting four piece Indie Pop band in the summer of 2015. The ensemble and their pedigree is quickly developing with the band supporting the likes of Jack L, The Original Rude Boys, The Mighty Stef ,Paddy Casey and From the Jam and The Minutes on the vibrant Irish live scene…each performance well lauded by those media present at the gigs. The ill fated Killarney Festival (regrettably cancelled, June 2015) should have seen Penrose open the Main Stage, sharing the bill with Duran Duran, Texas and The Proclaimers. Instead the band was invited that weekend to share the bill with Damien Dempsey and Mundy at the INEC, Killarney - a pop up alternative event put together for charity.
Penrose can now be described as a solid Indie Rock/Pop band with catchy uplifting songs that have “attitude” and that stick in your head. Mixing the pop sensibilities& harmonies of The Beatles / ELO, the snarling vocals of Richard Ashcroft and the rhythmic acoustic guitars of Oasis, Penrose are a truly powerful force…live and on record. The guys are ready to make their mark on the international music scene.
The line-up sees Caolan Fitzsimons (rhythm guitar), Mark Bolger (bass) ,Donal Bowens (Drums) and Benji (keys) complementing McGrane’s lead vocals and lead guitar. The Dublin based quartet having successfully unveiled there debut EP “ Live for the Dream” which charted at NO.3 in the Irish charts to a sell out house of fans & media at The Grand Social July, 25th last. The Band then released there critically acclaimed single MELODY wich charted at No. 10 in the Irish charts and was picked up by all Irish national radio stations such as Today FM, FM 104 and RTE, with TV appearances to on RTE's TwoTube, the band then followed this up with yet another sell out show to their home fans in Dublins own Academy 2 venue. They have now just released there new single SIGN On and have a busy summer ahead with festival dates in the UK and Ireland and Canada.