The band started in The Rock School in Ballyfermot where the lead singer Bren Cooke met guitarist Keith Crossan. They took the name of the band from the classic cartoon Danger Mouse, who had a sidekick named Penfold. With songs covering topics like Barbie and Ken’s relationship, Fraggle Rock, being dumped for drinking and what it’s like to be a bee, this is clearly a band who don’t take themselves too seriously. The new cd was recorded over a series of months in several locations with the help of close friend and producer Mark Fitzgerald. It’s very much an independently produced cd using borrowed time and equipment to create a very polished and professional product that’s gaining praise in the industry. The band have even gone as far as to make it an ‘enhanced cd’ containing a music video to the first track.
Rising from the ashes of a much maligned and misunderstood music collective known as “The Four Fishermen From The County of Kildare”, like a lazy bear awaking from a winter slumber in search of it’s first kill of a new season, Penfold dm, masterminded by Brendan Cooke and Keith Crossan, emerged with a common goal which both had been striving towards since birth – GLOBAL DOMINATION.
Armed with just two guitars and some catchy tunes which had appeared to Brendan in several non-consecutive dreams, they set about recruiting several like minded genius types to form a band so powerful that they could set even the most rigid feet tapping within a two mile radius (up to four miles if there was a strong breeze). After several years of open auditions, jousting tournaments, and bloody fights to the death, they finally recruited the services of three fine, strapping individuals, namely Jamie Doyle on bass guitar, Nigel Mulligan on keyboards and finally Felim O’Donnell on drums.
A full-blown national onslaught ensued, with packed gigs in The Sugar Club and Whelans in Dublin, as well as venues in Wicklow, Mullingar, Limerick and Roscommon amongst others, most notably their now regional HQ in Dingle, Co. Kerry. The next step was to record and release a mini-album entitled “Mama Lou Funk’s Big Night Out”. National radio play and newspaper coverage followed, along with ego-boosting and quite embarrassing levels of hero worship, but the band has not allowed this to distract them from their primary goal. As for what the future holds for Penfold DM, if we told you, we’d have to kill you. And that wouldn’t be good for our image…
- Release of 'Burn All Day Long' single
- Release of 'Making It Right' single [September]
- Release of 'Mama Lou Funk's Big Night Out' Mini Album
- Release of 'I Wish I Was Cool' single [28 May]