With their high octane live sets and unique musical fusion of Americana, Punk, Folk and Ska, The Penny Black Remedy have been thrilling crowds across the UK and the rest of Europe since the band s inception in London in 2007. Their live performances, as forceful as party political campaign rallies, but unlike those - honest to the core, have seen them build a fiercely loyal following, many of whom happily brave many miles and borders to see them. Songwriter Keith M Thomson's fine blend of darkly humorous lyrics and joyful life affirming melodies have enticed diverse, international, audiences to fully engage in their distinctively interactive shows by enthusiastically singing-along to every word. Some of these songs can be found on their album, No One s Fault But Your Own.
Thomson says: "The fact that most of my songs are about death, lost love, living in a constant state of crippling paranoid fear and coping with the daily grind of everyday life is irrelevant. Encouraging people to sing loudly and out of tune about the absurdity of general existence seems to instil a sense of comfort and emotional unity....I think".
Joining Thomson in his colourful and culturally diverse collective are Croatian vocalist Marijana Hajdarhodzic, and Dutch drummer Wilco van Eijk. Keith, Marijana and Wilco were proud to recently welcome UK Subs and Flying Padovanis legend Paul Slack on bass duties. Since last year, TPBR have on occasion been joined on stage by exceedingly energetic and equally charismatic brass section, The Horns Of Fury.
The Penny Black Remedy's highlights so far have included sharing bills with bands such as The Buzzcocks and Fishbone, being voted by the audience in the top 3 best acts at Larmer Tree Festival, and playing festival scene few years running (Glastonbury, The Secret Garden Party, Bestival, Larmer Tree), The Guardian Robin Denselow stating that the song I Won't Argue When I'm Dead is "Quite simply, the finest country sing-along I've heard on the vexed pop topic of how one's body should be disposed of after death".