Pen­guin Prison: sticks and stones

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music -

Some peo­ple are fierce fussy about names. Al­ready, there are sev­eral read­ers who have seen the moniker that New Yorker Chris Glover has cho­sen and have de­cided that it’s not for them. And that’s without hear­ing a note of mu­sic. The thought of an act called Pen­guin Prison brings some folks out in a rash, while other have called it “the worst band name ever”. They ob­vi­ously never en­coun­tered Cac­tus World News or Cry Be­fore Dawn.

But as is usu­ally the case, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Glover may have a che­quered his­tory when it comes to looking for a break in the mu­sic busi­ness, but he’s fi­nally found the golden ticket with Pen­guin Prison’s odd­ball, en­tic­ing, dar­ing elec­tro-pop.

Glover’s fix on chic pop sass is clear to be­hold on the An­i­mal An­i­mal sin­gle for Neon Gold. Then, there are the remixes he’s done for the likes of El­lie Gould­ing (in which Theophilus Lon­don throws down some lines on Starry Eyed and boosts the tune into the strato­sphere), Ma­rina & the Di­a­monds, Se­bastien Tel­lier and Erik Has­sle. In all of the above, Glover shows that he clearly does have it go­ing on.

Pen­guin Prison is not, though, Glover’s first bite at the pop cherry. He used to sing in a choir along­side Ali­cia Keys, had a flir­ta­tion with hip-hop, chanced his arm in a boy band and did some time in a cou­ple of NYC punk groups. It wasn’t un­til he turned his at­ten­tion to Pen­guin Prison that he fi­nally got all his ducks in a row (so to speak). We await the al­bum he’s record­ing with Dan Grech and Crispin Hunt with great in­ter­est.

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