From Pennsylvania by way of Florida, Penetrode have come together to reject what has become the new norms of punk music with a fresh take on catchy aggression.
The Philadelphia-based outfit have a deep history in underground music, with members (both current and former) taking part in such groups as Eye Flys, Drül, Knife Hits, No Qualms, Backslider, and many others.
Castillo’s mixture of fed up drawls and fierce yells is somehow refreshing in an age of by-the-numbers punk vocalists, with lyrics that deal with issues of love, sex, identity, inner demons, and beyond, yet retaining an overwhelming optimism that you wouldn’t expect to find among these themes.
The rhythm section is anything but regular. Bailey’s bass playing shines front and center, driving songs forward and leaving no dull moments. Smith’s drumming is eccentric and tight while being just sloppy enough to retain that classic punk charm.
It’s these relatable nuances that give the first full-length by these underground veterans a fresh edge on today’s ever-changing definitions of punk rock. The entire recording process was handled by the group themselves, with recording and mixing done by Bailey and mastering by Smith. It doesn’t get more DIY than that.
On their new track, Penetrode offer the following:
“Punk has too many rules these days—but that’s not our problem.”
Check out the video for “Ebb & Flow” below:
Photo by Penetrode.
Preorder Penetrode’s self-titled record here.