You can give the album a listen here.
This new album will be the first since 2016’s Comfortable Scars.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 1:30 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
You can give the album a listen here.
This new album will be the first since 2016’s Comfortable Scars.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 11:18 AM (PST) by Goldfinger
The band has released the first track off the new album and you can check it out below.
This new album will be the first since 2016’s Comfortable Scars. If you enjoy some Weezer you’ll enjoy these guys so check them out.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 12:39 PM (PST) by Carson Winter
The Penske File don’t play folk punk, so much that they play punk for, well, folks.
You know, the riff-raff, people like you and me who work shitty jobs, earn what they can, and live their life under-the-radar. Blue collar, working class, salt-of-the-earth. Their new album Salvation is a refreshing reminder of what the genre can do with earnest earthiness. This is punk rock, electric and loud, made from a working class perspective that drops the cosplay and goes for the gut. There’s no posturing here, Salvation is authentic folk punk, whatever you want that to mean.
“Kamikaze Kids” opens the album with a catchy guitar line and an even more arresting opening lyric, “It’s nice to be here, and it’s cool to meet you, shaking off the dirt, that’s just something we do.” It underlines the resilience and pride inherent in their perspective while giving the kids something to shout along to. Some might take that as a throwaway compliment, but I think the song’s singability, as well as its accessibility, is actually a virtue destined to be taken for granted. It’s loud and proud and meant for the people, a piece of art composed to glue a group together with words that’ll feel good slipping from their lips. For me, that’s what a lot of this kind of music misses. The Penske File get that the roots of rootsy music is community.
And the songwriting is strong enough to cement a community. Sticky melodies, dramatic drum builds, and tasty fretwork pop up all across Salvation. The Penske File are a talented band with excellent command over every stage of songwriting, from composition to arrangement to performance. “Lakeshore” shows some country influence, but it comes from an old well, one not often drank from. The big countrified harmonies evoke, but also transcend, Appalachian townships; hidden away from the modern world, not to be lionized, but real all the same. When the Penske File indulge in some of these more obvious folk affectations (the harmonica on “American Basements” deserves mention as well), they risk pushing themselves into a corner—or worse, an inevitable downward spiral that ends in a“Wagon Wheel” cover. Fortunately, the Penske File keep their music rooted in catchy punk rock, and the stylistic additions don’t feel like Salvation playing dress-up, but rather as a gap being bridged between two genres of commoner art.
Fans of the Penske File no doubt already know the band as formidable songwriters in a genre with an eternal hunger for songcraft. Salvation shines a spotlight on the common ground that is music, what we share between urban and rural. For the Penske File, rock ‘n roll is the new folk, and they treat punk rock as a springboard for communion, and from the path of communion, the Penske File bring salvation.
Friday, April 6, 2018 at 10:25 AM (PST) by villagebrown
Canadian punks The Penske File are streaming their new album, Salvation, in full. The album is officially out everywhere today via Stomp Records so head on below and stream it till your heart is content.
Salvation serves as a follow-up to 2017s Come What May EP.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 4:32 PM (PST) by Operation Rescue
In an era of trade wars and tariffs, the Great White North remains unafraid to export some truly good punk rock. The Penske File proudly crash over the boarder, guitars blazing and Kraft dinners aglow to ignite your stereo.
The Canadian punk rockers are streaming the new single “Last Chance” off their upcoming release Salvation, out April 8th on Stomp Records. The band previously released the EP Come What May back in October, 2017.
The new track is buoyant, raucous and infectious. It’s a great song to kick off your spring. Check it out below, and let us know what you think.
Burly City punks The Penske File have announced that they are going on a North American tour. The tour kicks off March 23rd and runs until mid May and they will be joined by Decent Criminal and Arms Aloft.
If you haven’t heard The Penske File you’re late to the party, these guys have a new album coming out April 6th and have been tearing it up around Ontario for several years now. They are finally starting to get the love they deserve. Having saw them live I’m telling you go see them, without a doubt one of the tightest band’s you’ve never heard of.
For a full list of tour dates check out below.
Monday, March 5, 2018 at 2:12 PM (PST) by Johnny X
Canadian punks The Penske File have announced that on April 10th they’ll be releasing their new album, “Salvation” via Stomp Records in North America and Gunner Records in Europe. To get you properly pumped up they’ve premiered the new track “Kamikaze Kids”, which you can stream below.
“Salvation” will serve as a follow up to their ‘Come What May’ EP, which was released on October 6, 2017. The Penske File released their latest full-length LP ‘Burn Into The Earth’ in 2015.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 2:55 PM (PST) by liathdavis
The Creepshow is fresh off of their release of “Death at my Door” in Octzober of 2017.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 12:01 PM (PST) by Goldfinger
In case you were unaware Mustard Plug and The Planet Smashers have been running mates for a long time on the ska scene so these promise to be entertaining shows.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 7:28 PM (PST) by Daron
Canadian punks The Penske File have announced an EU tour that starts in mid-January and will run through early February.
The band will be promoting their latest album, “Burn Into the Earth,” which was on Stomp, AF, and Bearded Punk Records.
Check out the dates below!
Monday, November 20, 2017 at 4:08 PM (PST) by Johnny X
Words by Big D And The Kids Table front man David McWane
Good Luck had been officially released through Asianman records by Mike Park. Mike offered us the first and only generous act for Big D. He fronted us plane tickets to go on our first U.K./Europe Tour, booked by Ian at Hidden Talent Booking. Big D started writing music on tour and you can hear raw recordings of us doing just that on the Gipsy Hill EP. Gipsy Hill is in South London and it is where we stayed on the floor with our TM / Driver / Life Teacher Ben Corrigan. On these tours we made friends with people who we are still friends with today: Lightyear, P.O. Box, Sonic Boom Six, The Foamers, Mad Skat, 5 Knuckle, Random Hand (Marcia from The Skints), Hard Skin and more. We toured hard during these days – about 250 shows a year.
When we returned to the States we decided to record somewhere new, so we saved up all our touring profits (which wasn’t very much) and headed to The Outpost with Jim Siegel. Jim had recorded most of all the classic Boston hardcore bands and The Dropkick Murphy’s. This was the big time for Big D. We had written way too many new songs after Good Luck, so we decided to record an EP in order to free up ideas as well as capture sonically the special time in our lives in the U.K./Europe. STOMP records in Canada agreed to put out the Gipsy Hill EP and even helped us film with Rej our first music video for The Difference. We had a blast with Matt, Mike and all of the STOMP records family and of course with Rej from 123-Punk. These shows in Canada were explosive. We were at our wildest.
Along with the Gipsy Hill EP we recorded three different tracks for a split release with the U.K. band 5 Knuckle called Look What You’ve Done.… This split has the original recording of L.A.X, which wasn’t physically available to the States until our next full length release.
When I think about these times I feel that Good Luck represented touring the United States and the farmlets across it, while the Gipsy Hill EP / Look What You’ve Done represent, Canada, England, France, Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Italy and more. It represents cold squats, cigarette butt floors for sleeping, new friends, tasty big beers, yummy food, heartbreakingly beautiful hospitality, fist fights for being an American, a sprinter for a home, the birth of poetry for me and beautiful friendship.
The question I was often asked on these excursions of self discovery was – ‘American’s need more culture, why don’t more Americans come here?’ My answer then is what I still say today – ‘American’s can’t afford it, they’d loose their jobs and health care; Only fortunate Americans can afford culture’.
So I will leave you with this…
…if you are young or if you are old, own very little and go see Your World.
Tune in next week for another Big D “Behind The Album” piece. They’ll continue weekly until all 34+ Big D albums have been covered!
Monday, November 13, 2017 at 11:23 AM (PST) by rick delaney
The Dreadnoughts are allowing fans to stream their entire full-length Foreign Skies for free. The record is concept album based on World War I. It’s a sombre retrospective about the horrors of war. It was released to coincide with Remembrance Day and physical copies can be ordered at the folk punker’s Bandcamp page where the group left the message:
“This album is a tribute to all the people who lived through the First World War, and to those who did not.”
You can check out Foreign Skies in full below.
Monday, October 23, 2017 at 9:51 PM (PST) by Chris Ramone
“Rochelle, Rochelle” appears on The Isotopes’ recent album 1994 World Series Champions, which was released last April through Stomp Records.
Monday, October 16, 2017 at 1:02 PM (PST) by Lauren Mills
Canadian psychobilly band The Creepshow have released a music video for “Death At My Door.”
You can check it out below.
Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 9:14 PM (PST) by liathdavis
Ontario punks The Penske File have just released a live video of “Come What May” from The Rock Room.
Scope it out below.
When the sun’s out and I’m feeling carefree I love my ska and pop-punk. When I’m feeling nostalgic and wistful I skew towards Menzingers or emo. When I’ve had three cups of coffee and need an outlet for the nebulous discontentment that silently builds behind the exterior of my stoic demeanor I turn towards hardcore-punk. That’s where I’m at this morning so when a request to check out the debut album from Californian skate-punk/hardcore act Facelift hit my inbox it was perfectly timed. This music is raw. It’s fast as hell. And it’s f’ing pissed off. Oh, and it’s riddled with metallic riff breakdowns which absolutely clinched it for me (give it 2:20 into the album opener to see what I mean). Turn up the volume and let off some steam with me by streaming “Sinceforevertilwhenever” here.