Sounds likeUnknown Mortal Orchestra, MC5, Foals
LocationNewcastle upon Tyne

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Tell us a bit about yourself? Penguin started as the bedroom music project of Luke Elgie about a year ago in Newcastle Upon Tyne. The music is influenced by everything from proto punk bands like mc5 to the Neo psycedelic pop of Tame Impala and Unknown Mortal Orchestra to bands like Black Keys and The White Stripes.

There are a lot of emerging artists in the UK right now. What sets you apart from the rest? Our first demo (Not a Problem) was picked up by BBC introducing and played by Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1 before we had even played a gig. After our first two gigs we were asked to play the BBC introducing stage at Reading and Leeds festivals 2017.

What’s your back-story? To me music is therapy. The writing process is a really good way to help focus your thoughts and playing is pure escapism.

What are you working on at the moment? Penguin's first official release will be available form the 6th April 2018 on Kaleidoscope. We have spent the last year writing and recording a load of songs so the next 3 to 6 months will be spent playing them to people and releasing them to the world.

What's the first song you remember hearing? Probably something by Led Zeppelin as my dad used to play them all the time - Maybe Black Dog

You're in a Karaoke Bar - What's your go to song? Gangsta's Paradise

What was the first gig you went to? Jamiriquai but I don't really remember it

Which song do you wish you'd written? Under Pressure by Bowie

Which song changed your life? I can't think of a particular song but the first time I saw Mogwai changed my life

Which song would you like played at your funeral? Going underground by The Jam

What song is stuck in your head right now?Buddy Holly by Weezer

What was the first Album you bought? K by Kuler Shaker - I still love it! ha!

Which song made you want to play music? It's really cliche but Stairway to heaven by Led Zeppelin. I think I heard someone play it on guitar which made me ask my parents for guitar lessons.

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Date Thursday 8 March 2018 at 20:00
Address The Cluny, Lime Street, Ouseburn, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, NE1 2PQ
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