Dirty Penny

Dirty Penny

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandAlternativeRock

Anything but boring. Dirty Penny is an alt rock band with a sound that has solid roots in Pixies and Velvet Underground but whose unpredictable front man/storyteller surprises with each lyric/dance move.

Biography

Dirty Penny is an indie rock band with a twist. Their sound has solid roots in the guitar heavy side of the 80s (Love and Rockets, U2, The Clash, Pixies) but they are lead by an unpredictable front man/storyteller armed with a bag different voices, some light and absurd, others dark and shocking. Throw in some fancy keyboards and Dirty Penny is anything but boring and is not for the casual seeker of a rock experience.

Their debut full-length release TaDa! (2007) received critical acclaim by NOW Magazine, Pete Nema, and Earshot. Their 2009 release “Sage Against the Machine” did the same with reviews that were either raving with praise or raving mad (but reviews nonetheless) across Canada. You could put this last record next to The Fall or The Talking Heads and not even blink, but with songs like “Maximum Sherpa” and “Lady Nurse None” you will blink. Spookey Ruben directed videos for Sage (check out dirtypenny.com) were talked about around at least 32 water coolers and caused at least one Rogers Media reporter to claim that they will change your life.

Dirty Penny has been working on their 3rd album which will be ready for release in spring 2012 (hopefully at Canadian Music Fest). While recording the band has found time to play CMJ (New York), NXNE and Canadian Music Fest as well as sporadic gigs around Toronto (Elmo, Horseshoe, Clintons, Reverb).

Also in 2011 we managed to finally buy the domain dirtypenny.com from the porn guys who ran it before. Now it only contains musical porn. No I have no idea what that means, never mind.

A personal message from the the band:

"Watch a video or 2 on our myspace and you will understand why reviewers either vomit on our CD or think we are the best thing since sliced bread (NOW, KW Record, TORO, and more).

http://www.dirtypenny.com

http://www.myspace.com/thatsmydirtypenny

Thinkspecs.com called our last album one of the top 10 albums of the year, Rogers music said our video for Magic Tricks might change your life:

http://www.spotlight.rogers.com/entertainment/tv/1585/10-tunes-aux-tv-may-or-may-not-change-your-life

We are entertainers first, our shows are fun. At our last gig we played with inflatable vacuum cleaner space suits on.

We are musicians, tied for first also. We love surprising with mixing styles from ska to funk to goth, but always with some e-bow and, ideally, children's toys.

If you hate us we love you, if you love us we love you, if you are not moved either way we hate you and we have failed, but really we love you anyway, but slightly less than the others.

peace."

Lyrics

Bubble Juice

Written By: Cavener/Khanna

Get outta the door, get onto the floor
Your mocasins are wet and your tutu is gone
Hand me the Qtips, gimme some more

[chorus]
Into the bubble juice

The TV is on the Nanalan' show
Growl me a tiger and I'll squeal you a pig
Oh baby sit down, oh baby shut up

[chorus]

Your mommy's at spin class and daddy's not home
He made you a melon and put milk in your cup
Oh baby sit down, oh baby please shut up

[chorus]

Happy Birthday, Ghengis

Written By: Cavener/Khanna

If you are my friend
You'll start filming me as soon as
I press the button for the top floor and
Don't worry about my pants
Just get my face and upper body
Because, from my pocket I'll produce a cupcake with a candle
And you will hand me your lighter-r-r

Don't worry my friend
The people in the elevator won't understand
Nor will they use violence
To stop what will clearly turn on the elevator sprinklers
For I will begin to sing as we rise

Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday dear Ghengis
Happy Birthday to you

There's never ever been an event like this ever
In the whole history of the earth
Put the film on the innernet
Original act for mankind
A giant leap for mankind
Learn how to say butterfly
In 23 different ways or maybe just
Man sings happy birthday to Ghengis Khan with a candle in a cupcake in an elevator

Because the meaning of life is more life, the meaning of life is more life...

Noah

Written By: Cavener/Khanna

Turkeys and dolphins
Chihuahuas and lambs
I know you think I'm crazy but just listen to my plan
Horses and squirrels
Malteses and bats
I'm gonna build me a boat for when the land is soaked flat

Cause I'm Noah
No time for a meal
I got thirty tons of lumber and some low grade steal
Cause I am Noah
No time for applause
I'm hoisting up donkeys and I'm lifting up logs

How do I know this? I'll tell you straight on
God showed up while I was mowing my lawn
He said "Noah, I need your advice.
What would you do if your sheep weren't nice?"
And I said "Jehova, I'd give them a bath. Wash away the fleas at the stem of their wrath."
And he said "Noah, the world is a mess. I'm gonna wash it up clean and give you a brand new address."
I said "But Master!" but he was already gone
He left a plan and some tools
And a list a mile long full of
Camels and cobras
Koalas and eels
Rats, cows, elephants
Otters and seals
Beetles and snakes
Snakes of all kind
The Different types of chickens nearly blew out my mind

Cause I am Noah
The sailor of God
Rabbits and lemurs
Anaconda and dogs

New York, New York
Underwater
New York, New York
24-7 wet t-shirt contest
right here, right now
HEE-HAW!

If I Wuz A Cat

Written By: Cavener/Khanna

In just a tie
I steal your car
And punch you in the jaw
Call your mom when I need money
Drink
Fight
Maybe wear pants
Got 47 dates between 11 and 3

get away with that if I wuz a cat
get away with that if I wuz a cat
get away with that if I wuz a cat
call your mom when I need money

its Christmas time
and I forget where you live
I love you baby
How’s the kid
I’ll drop by on payday
Is that your car?
Lets go swing
Don’t worry about him
He’s a full grown eight
I’ll take him to the races
On Monday

Dick Opportunity

Written By: Cavener/Khanna

you parked your car at school
you made your way on ped
you check out all the pretty girls
as you walk into Zeds
your chattin up a Carol
feel the love below
but it's "oops, um, excuse me
I think my car's getting towed"

[chorus]
o-o-oh, you missed your dick opportunity
o-o-oh, you coulda bumped with impunity
o-o-oh, you coulda snaked her infinity
all your friends are shakin their heads
you missed your last chance to take the chicky to bed

saturday night
in the captain's clothes
it's not the boots, it's the walk
and you know it shows
you single out your sailor
and his credentials are tight
but when you owe the drag queen money
you should not stand in the light

Sage Against the Machine

Written By: Cavener

THE SHIRT YOU WORE THE DAY BEFORE IS ON A PLANE

IN JUST 90 HOURS SHE’LL BE TAKEN FROM HER HUT

WHERE FOR 19 YEARS SHE’S BEEN LOOKING AT A CANDLE

VISITED ONLY BY THE WITCHES THAT SING

VISITED ONLY BY THE WITCHES THAT SING

BA-BA-BA

TROPICAL

INCANTATION

NEVER TOUCHED PASSED CLOTH FOOD AND WATER ON STICKS

HER NEW TENT IS PREPARED A FEW FEET AWAY

UNDER BRIGHT LIGHTS AND THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY

VISITED ONLY BY THE WITCHES THAT SING

VISITED ONLY BY THE WITCHES THAT SING

SHE’LL LOSE HER MIND WITH YOU IN IT

SHE’LL LOSE HER MIND WITH YOU IN IT

A NEW CANDLE WITH WIRES THAT ARE HIDDEN…

Discography

LP "Sorry Mom" release 2013 Featuring "Andrew's Mom"

LP "Sage Against the Machine" released 2009
Featuring "Magic Tricks", "Declined", and "Maximum Sherpa"

LP "Tada!" released January 2007
Featuring "Bubble Juice", "La Poutine", "Bomb Ardier" and "Happy Birthday Genghis".

Set List

Typical set list an range from 45 to 90 minutes. Example 70 minute set:

If I Wuz A Cat
Bubble Juice
Big Rock Candy Mountain (adaptation)
Hip Operation
Dick Opportunity
Bomb Ardier
Happy Birthday Genghis
Noah
Cigarettes and Whiskey (adaptation)
Hot Cocoa
Hey Little Chicken
La Poutine, Radio Mix
Floyd (adaptation)
Lady Nurse None
Sage Against the Machine

Adaptations (see above) from the genre of hobo folk re-imagined as alt. rock.