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Penny & Sparrow

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Sep 17, 2017 – 08:00 PM

3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 Map

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There are things that we ought to be afraid of. Things that, rightfully, send cold sweat nightmares. For kids it can be anything from the darkness under a bed, or strangers, or crossing a busy street. For adults it might change face a bit and become things like sickness, job security, or heartbreak. And sometimes, when you point the flashlight right at the thing youre terrified of, you declaw it. You take its mask off and it returns to being an empty, boring closet with nothing inside to harm you. Or maybe the light shows an unexpected beauty in the place of what you thought was horrific. Other times, though, you aim the beam straight into the pitch black and the thing that you prayed wasnt real, the one with all the teeth, is right there smiling at you.Texas born duo Penny and Sparrow know these things, and in their 2017 release Wendigo they turn the lights off on purpose and hunt for whats really there in the dark. With a musical maturity that has been honed over half a decade and hundreds of live shows, Kyle Jahnke and Andy Baxter are presenting their most ambitious album yet. Rejoined by Chris Jacobie (producer and engineer of Creature, Tenboom, Struggle Pretty & Christmas Songs) Penny & Sparrow delve into numerous new and diverse sound landscapes throughout Wendigo, without sacrificing the sharp honesty thats accompanied their career thus far. From the quarter kick laden Salome and Saint Procula, to the pitched-down vibe of Kin and all the way to the hypnotically instrumental portion of Theres a lot of us in here, its obvious that Wendigo is unafraid to be sonically experimental. Thematically, Baxters word bank reaches further than on previous albums. From the trilogy of songs humanizing the Grim Reaper (Visiting Smitten Moniker) and cascading down to the Urban Legend love song Wendigo, the intersection of daily grit and supernatural fable is analyzed in depth. On the back half of the record, Jahnkes melodic leadership extends even deeper into beauty and surprise. With seamless track fusion from A kind of Hunger to Let me be Crucial, Jahnke has invented a 6 song musical terrain that is both complex in its varied offerings and impressive in its execution. Arriving a year and a half after Let a Lover Drown You, their Muscle Shoals recorded, John Paul White produced last album, Wendigo was born from healing and heat. Having moved to Florence to record in the Single Lock studio, Baxter and Jahnke found themselves with time off in their first boiling Alabama summer. Exhausted from touring and life-weary in general, the duo turned to songwriting for catharsis. A makeshift recording rig was set up in the living room of their shared home and the duo began workshopping song after song. Over the course of that summer, while their wives (and a dog named Gator) bustled around the microphone during sessions, the bones of the record were set. The original plan was to listen to the rough tracks and eventually redo everything cleaner. That desire changed though as they fell in love with the honest sounds of cooking, old door hinges, silverware clinking, and the rest of their Alabama home noise. As affection for the demos grew, Baxter and Jahnke realized that they wanted to keep as much of them as possible. Thus, listening to Wendigo is hearing the honest soundtrack for a real season in the life of two families. The footsteps, the creaking and the din of supper prep heard throughout the songs all reinforce the sense of integrity that has long been a staple of the band. Releasing on August 25, 2017, Wendigo will be Penny and Sparrows 5th full-length album. Beginning as therapeutic demos in northern Alabama and ending as a fully realized project at Jacobies home studio in San Antonio,TX, this record leaves the duo smirking and feeling accomplished. The creature with which this album shares its name is a shape shifter. One moment it looks completely normal and the next its all fangs and gore. In an instant it can slip its skin and go back and forth from ominous and ugly to hope and lovely. Life can be like that. Hell, we can be like that. Knowing this, Penny and Sparrow offer Wendigo as the flashlight you can arm yourself with. Use it to see whats worth fearing and what was actually beautiful all along. Shine it into whatever patch of darkness scares you. For better or worse, at least youll know whats there.
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