First, let’s recap what we already know about Philly blues-rock three-piece Penrose. They’re a band comprised of three brothers: Dan, Tom and Pat Murphy. They do a ripping rendition of the Stack O’ Lee blues called “Suite for Stack,” and recorded it in their Key Studio Session a couple years back. They love The Black Keys, storytelling, overdriven amps and primal howls. And they have a brand new full length called Circe that’s out this week, and celebrating its release at Underground Arts on Friday March 2nd.
All week we’ll be spotlighting Circe on Unlocked, The Key’s regular feature on new and significant releases from Philadelphia-area artists. Over the next five days we’ll dig into the record with a review, an interview, odds and ends and a free download today. “Life of Mud” is a boisterous number with a thudding kick drum and a bright piano lead. It encapsulates the album’s overarching themes of meetings with the Devil, rivers to Hell, the clash between good an evil and the journey of discovering how those elements play out in day to day life. Heavy stuff, but good to rock out to. Download “Life of Mud” below, and check back all week for more from Penrose and Circe on Unlocked.