BEHOLD! EMPEROR PENGUIN
Savage Frenzy Productions is proud to present those peerless purveyors of powerful pop, those mediaeval merchants of melodic marvels, those silver darlings of euphonious tumult: EMPEROR PENGUIN.
Initially formed in 2000, EP went into hibernation after the relocation of bassist and vocalist Adrian Long. We recorded a set of original songs at BBC's Maida Vale studios, which few people have heard. We had sleepless nights depriving everyone of these musical gems so we have returned, reformed and are rehearsing hard to bring these songs, plus new ones and choice covers to our entertainment-starved audience. Emperor Penguin are: Neil Christie (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Nigel Winfield (vocals, guitar, bass), JT (vocals, guitar, bass, harmonica, eBow) and Richard Wilson (drums and piano).
Vinyl LP version of Rum Pop Engineer NOW AVAILABLE!
To order a copy for £10, email: email@example.com
CD VERSION OF WALNUT FASCIA AVAILABLE NOW VIA KOOL KAT MUSIK
DOUBLE CD VERSION OF RUM POP ENGINEER / CRUMHORN AVAILABLE NOW FROM KOOL KAT MUSIK
Order a copy direct from Kool Kat here.
BRAND NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL – AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 22 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!! Specially-priced, two-for-one CD debut for their previously download-only/vinyl LP (“Rum Pop Engineer”) releases from 2000 and 2017 respectively! Emperor Penguin is: Neil Christie (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Nigel Winfield (vocals, guitar, bass), JT (vocals, guitar, bass, harmonica) and Richard Wilson (drums and occasional piano). Neil provides the backstory - “Roughly twenty years ago we first got the band together. We played a few gigs and recorded a session at BBC's Maida Vale studios in London - now available as the album 'Crumhorn' - but work, families and poor attitude meant that we never really got our act together. Our original bass player moved away, life intervened and Emperor Penguin went into hibernation…” “In the case of “Rum Pop Engineer”, after a “brief” hiatus of 16 years, the band reformed in 2017, and lots of new songs quickly emerged. “What a great fresh sound. Five stars out of four!" - Jody Porter (Fountains Of Wayne) “Intellectual British jangle pop brimming with harmonies 'n' hooks and goosed consensually by a garage punk energy.” – Roy Pearl/The Unherd Music "Gawd...your album is so freakin' amazing....strong songwriting with power and melody!!!" - Lisa Mychols GREAT!!
All the news that's fit to print from the world of Emperor Penguin.
20th January 2018
LIVE AT THE WATER RATS THEATRE 20.01.18
Many thanks to all those who came along to see us and to Leeds's finest, Pink Peg Slax, for sterling support.
“Properly tight band.” – Louie Bassett
“You’re like a cross between Squeeze and Oasis' – Frankie Wilson
“I really like your hat….. you look like Captain Sensible" – Anon
“Moth Meet Flame and The German Girl are the best songs" – Carolyn Thorne
'Amazing songs and great melodies.' Rich Blanchard of Pink Peg Slax.
'That's way too loud. I'm off to get some earplugs.' Our drummer, Rich, after the first song.
'Like The Jam and The Buzzcocks.' Chris Walker
'Full-on wall of sound - excellent.' Martin Hately
'Surprisingly slick.' Anon
We just received the vinyl test pressings for the forthcoming vinyl LP version of the album Rum Pop Engineer. Exciting! Digital version is available now on iTunes and at EmperorPenguin.bandcamp.com
Release date for vinyl TBC shortly.
IPO LIVERPOOL 2018
Looking forward to playing two sets tomorrow at The Cavern Club in Liverpool as part of the International Pop Overthrow 2018 festival.
LIVE AT THE HOPE & ANCHOR Feb 1st 2019!
We’ll be playing live at The Hope & Anchor on Friday Feb 1st. With Support from The Elephant Men. Tickets available NOW! HERE! This will be the first live outing for material from our forthcoming new album ‘Walnut Fascia.’ You wouldn’t want to miss that, would you?
ALBUM OF THE YEAR!
The esteemed David Bash of International Pop Overthrow has published his 'best of' list of albums for 2018. Very pleased and proud to see Rum Pop Engineer by Emperor Penguin in there at number 77. This may be the only time in our lives we place higher in the charts than The Monkees and Gilbert O'Sullivan.
FEATURED IN CAMPAIGN MAGAZINE
There’s a rather splendid feature about us in this month’s Campaign magazine. Mum will be proud.
22nd January 2018
ALBUM OF THE DAY!
Emperor Penguin "Rum Pop Engineer" (2017) - Intellectual UK jangle pop brimming with harmonies 'n' hooks & goosed consensually by a garage punk energy.
8th Feb 2018
APPEARING LIVE AT THE ISLINGTON APRIL 7th 2018
Delighted to announce that we will be appearing live at The Islington, Tolpuddle Street, London N1 on April 7th supporting The Real People. Tickets selling fast (because of The Realies, natch) here: https://www.songkick.com/concerts/31891509-real-people-at-islington
VINYL NOW 'SHIPPING'
Just received delivery of the lovely, lovely vinyl pressings of the Rum Pop Engineer LP. Order yours now, music lovers, by emailing Neil at firstname.lastname@example.org
LIVE IN ISLINGTON
We played The Islington bar last Saturday. It was a sell-out, thanks to headliners The Real People. Seemed to go OK - thanks to all those who came along, to The Real People for having us and also for the loan of an amp, as Neil's amp packed in at the soundcheck.
This is the promo poster for our forthcoming gig at The Hope & Anchor in Islington on Feb 1st. Poster designed by our very own Nigel Winfield. Tickets available here.
ALBUM OF THE DAY (AGAIN!)
Big thanks to Roy Pearl of The Unherd Music for making Walnut Fascia his ‘album of the day’. (Rum Pop Engineer was one of his albums of the day last year.) He says, "Walnut Fascia" (2018) - Inventive, quirky power pop band whose music conjures up the Jam as much as Big Star (which helps) w/ lyrics that prove their reading material extends beyond McCartney's silly love songs (which helps more).” Big Star and The Jam? We’ll take that!
LIVE AT THE HOPE & ANCHOR
Dr Feelgood, The Damned, XTC, The Vibrators, The Stranglers - many of our favourite bands have played there and last night was our turn. WE can’t speak for the audience, but the band had a great night! Big thanks to all those who came out to see us and thanks to The Ancient & Moderns for their brilliant support set.
This is the poster for our gig with Pink Peg Slax at The Water Rats in January. Designed by our very own Nigel Winfield.
Tickets available at Seetickets.com http://bit.ly/2AAlYS9
MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES
We showed up in a couple of blogs' 'best of' lisst recently. (Thanks for that.) We're on Powerpopulist 'fave of the faves' list for January among the 'very favorite songs discovered during the first month of 2018'.
And we're also The Un-Herd Music's list of best of 2017 'deserving tracks and albums that somehow eluded me'. http://unherdmusic.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/2017-orphans-mix.html
IN STORE AT EEL PIE
Calling West London! The very splendid Eel Pie Records, in Church Street Twickenham, are stocking, selling (and playing) Rum Pop Engineer - the new album by Emperor Penguin. (Proprietor Phil pictured above.)
THANK YOU, LIVERPOOL AND GOOD NIGHT!
We had a blast last week at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, playing as part of International Pop Overthrow 2018. Many thanks to all who came, and to organiser Davjd Bash for having us.
NEW ALBUM OUT NOW!
Our new album Walnut Fascia is out now. 13 tracks of fun-packed pop racket available here. (And at the usual download and streaming outlets.) The songs were written and recorded over the course of 2018 and mixed and mastered at Crown Lane Studios in Morden. (One does not simply walk into Morden.) The ideal Christmas gift for the music lover in your life.
13th February 2019
Here’s what website Power Pop News has to say about our album Walnut Fascia, which is being released on Kool Kat Musik.
Emperor Penguin is a fantastic name for a band. And their latest effort, Walnut Fascia, lives up to the moniker and then some. While the 60’s mod influence is front and center, there’s so much more to Emperor Penguin and Walnut Fascia than just a period sound.
On first listen, one immediately hears elements of The Who or The Jam. And at one point in the song “Shaking Spear”, I half expected a chorus of The Stones’ “Nineteenth Nervous Breakdown”. By contrast, “See Ya Later, Sayulita” has a touch a Smithereens to it, especially given the lead singer’s Pat DiNizio like croon.
Guitar jangle and a really catchy chorus make another 60’s style piece, “Only Love”, an instant winner. All good period pieces need a political song. With “Sorry, Not Sorry”, Emperor Penguin delivers big time. Eloquently written and catchy as all git-go, its one of the album’s many highlights.
That said, my favorite track may be “Hotel Diplomat” with its bouncy tempo and lyrically descriptive style. Then again, the engaging string arrangements, thoughtful lyric and smooth style that is “(The Theme from) Falling Tree” make this one the perfect track to close the album. And the really neat Band on the Run outro is simply awesome.
STAND BY FOR ACTION...
Rehearsing at Pirate Studios this morning (Jan 7th) for gig at Water Rats on Jan 20th.
DO YOU HEAR A SINGLE?
Chuffed to say that Moth Meet Flame, from our album Rum Pop Engineer, is featured on the playlist for this week's radio show from Don Valentine's blog I Don't Hear a Single.
The show is broadcast on KOR Radio at 8pm UK time on Fridays, repeated at the same time on Saturdays. And there's a Monday night repeat at 8pm.
You can listen to it here.
COMING TO THE CAVERN CLUB
The Sixteenth (!) Annual International Pop Overthrow Liverpool is, some might say, the motherlode of all IPO festivals as it will feature more than 130 of the best pop and rock artists, representing 18 countries! And also your very own fab four: Emperor Penguin. We'll be performing two sets on May 22nd - one in the afternoon and one in the evening. It would be great to see you there. Full details here.
EMPEROR PENGUIN ON IPO VOL 21 CD
Omnivore Recordings and The International Pop Overthrow Music Festival are proud to present IPO Vol. 21, a three-disc compilation featuring 69 tracks by artists from all over the world who have played the International Pop Overthrow festival. IPO Vol. 21 showcases artists from 13 different countries, doing just about every sub-genre of pop music, including power pop, pop / rock, folk/pop, psychedelic pop, garage, indie-rock, modern rock, etc. Volume 21 features loads of great bands and also Emperor Penguin. You can buy the CD here.
ANOTHER ‘BEST OF 2018’ LISTING.
The splendid people over at The Un-Herd Music have been kind enough to feature our album Walnut Fascia on their ‘best of 2018’ list. in at number 36 with a bullet! Thanks, guys.
ANOTHER ‘BEST OF 2018‘ ALBUM LISTING!
Proud and delighted to be included on the ‘Best albums of 2018’ list compiled by Don Valentine of I Don’t Hear a Single blog. Walnut Fascia is i there (with a bullet!) at number 83. Nice to be in the company of some amazing music.