pennyred

pennyred

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energeti'charismatic rock

Biography

"It's not easy being a Greek god, especially in this day and age", mutters Apollo. The truth is, the last two-and-a-half millennia have been rough-and-tumble for the keeper of the arts. "I've been in a funk- an existential 'writers block', if you will." Since Hesiod introduced him to the Greeks in 918 B.C. he has found it difficult to truly manifest his mastery of harmony and order into the arts, and because of this, began to develop a bad-rap with his subordinates. "First, they built me temples, like Delphi. Then, they began to lose interest and constructed statues which didn't even look like me! Now, I'm lucky if I see my name pop-up in a book about ancient mythology...ancient? mythology?."
Apollo realized that his popularity seemed to run in cycles so he decided to leave Greece and try to gain support throughout the rest of the world. So, in 1603, he submitted some of his work to a young poet named William Shakespeare. "I had a great idea for a tragic play called Hamlet, so I had my agent, Daphne, get in touch with him. He loved it, and it got my name back out there for a while". Hamlet was a great success and Apollo took the next four centuries off to entertain ideas for his next work. "I wanted to do something different", Apollo prates, "so I decided to take the next step and write a tragic play set to music."
For this endeavor, he decided to head to the United States and find a contemporary band that he thought could fill the role. He happened across a band from Boston, Massachusetts call 'Pennyred' and decided that they were what he was looking for. "They have a unique sound. It's somewhat of a Foo Fighters and Smashing Pumpkins-esque blend, but more youthfully energetic and modern. I knew that they would work perfectly." Apollo wrote the script of the play, which is based on his demised relationship with Saturn as she left him, and Greece for the excitement of the new empire of Rome.
"The album is actually a satire of a tragic play based on my own personal experiences", Daniel Bon explains, with a contagious grin, while describing the concept behind their debut album. Pennyred, formerly The Ruins, has been in the Boston music scene for the past three years. "We like to consider ourselves energeti'charismatic-rock" says Bon, "you can feel it on the album, and see it when we play." The three founding members, Daniel Bon (vocals, guitar), Andy Vallario (bass), and Dan Milone (guitar) grew up together, and learned their respective instruments together. "It's great because we've been writing together our whole lives, so we all compliment one another really well", says Vallario, "you can't really tell who wrote what, because it's all just Pennyred."
In May of 2004, the band, auditioned several drummers for the newly vacated spot. "I couldn't believe what a perfect fit Marc (Sherman) was", explains Milone, "it was like he was in the band from the start." With the lineup complete, Pennyred started recording their debut album in August of 2004. "We wanted to write an album that is different from everything else that is out there now", says Bon. So, they decided to write their album as a tragic play set to music. The lyrics of the album are a constant dialog between the Greek god Apollo and the Roman goddess Saturn. It's a fictional story about a love gone awry. "It's something that everyone can relate to because we've all had these 'tragic' experiences", says Bon. The album chronicles Saturn's departure from Greece to Rome, and Apollo's inability to cope with the loss. "It's a pretty easy concept to follow", Sherman adds, "that's what I love about it- it can be just a rock album if you want it to be, or it can be much, much more."
Pennyred took a break from recording in October to play to a well packed Middle East (downstairs) crowd. The band was asked by Shred (WBCN-Boston) to headline the show, and was able to showcase songs from their forthcoming album, which were well received by the Boston crowd. After the break, Pennyred returned to the studio to finish production on their debut album, The Citystate Falls, which was released on April 05, 2005. "We want to change the Boston music scene- give it a new face" says Bon. "Music has been stagnant lately, but we want to change that by giving music fans something they can relate to...something different- not just an album. We want our excitement and passion about music to fuel theirs."

Lyrics

the fall of rome

Written By: daniel bon

Scene: Saturn stops and allows Apollo to speak.
Apollo: Broken stairways lead the way (back). And (we both know that with the) distance, hearts will hesitate.
Narrator: Hours (pass) the day is growing late.
Saturn: We’re kind of like the fall of Rome, or a tragic poem that you read along the way. It’s kind of like the end of days.
Apollo: There are so many ways that I would bleed to make you stay. Silence never helped our cause.
Saturn: The flowers died of winter’s frost.
Narrator: Pressure. Lines were meant to cross.
Apollo: Downward- we’re head for the ground.
Saturn: We’re kind of like the fall of Rome, or a tragic poem that you read along the way. It’s kind of like the end of days.
Apollo: There are so many ways that I would bleed to make you stay.
I’d bleed to make you stay.
Apollo: We’re kind of like the fall of Rome. And we’re kind of like a tragic poem that you read along the way.
Saturn: It’s kind of like the end of days.
Apollo: There are so many ways that I would bleed to make you stay.

fake flowers

Written By: daniel bon

Scene: Although Saturn realizes her past folly, she contemplates returning to the citystate. If Apollo is unwilling to forgive her, there is no reason for her to stay. Apollo begins to soften and the interlocutors begin.
Apollo: This is the end of everything.
Saturn: I’ll never breathe this air again. As these waking hours turn to days, I’ll lie
awake.
Apollo: Don't send me fake flowers (because) I’m getting used to this decay.
Saturn: You've held out far too long to change. As my instincts fail I hesitate.
Apollo: These words are useless...useless. Don't send me fake flowers (because) I’m getting used to this decay.
Narrator: Dark clouds gather in mass above the horizon. As she crosses the border he begs her to reconsider. While the gods sit back and design, he holds his breath. (Suddenly-a change of heart.) The time to act is now as the sun breaks through the clouds. He draws back his weapon...sharp rhetoric, and begins to speak...
Apollo: I’m like your red light. I’m like your red light.
Saturn: So don't send me fake flowers, I’m getting used to this decay.
Apollo: I’m like your red light.

the outskirts

Written By: daniel bon

Scene: Saturn and Apollo meet again after aeons apart. Saturn tries to make Apollo understand that this has been eating away at her conscience since she left him. She tries to explain why she left this, and hopes to gain his forgiveness.
Saturn: Sorry for these callous days, I never meant it to be this way. I swear I’m not out of care.
Chorus of Athenians: When springtime blooms without presence divine, your child is bleeding with life.
Narrator: Then Saturn aligns.
Apollo: It’s been so long.
Saturn: But, I knew it was time to pack up my thoughts and wave goodbye.
Apollo: Under moon’s silver shine?
Saturn: I beckoned the way to the outskirts of life.
Apollo: Wake up!, To the crack of bones.
Saturn: The line has been drawn!
Narrator: Apollo isn’t as forgiving as she hoped he would be.
Apollo: The pavement has grown! Now try…ye try to survive. It’s been so long.
Saturn: But, I knew it was time to pack up my thoughts and wave goodbye.
Apollo: Under moon’s silver shine?
Saturn: I beckoned the way to the outskirts of life, then I’d gone to the edge of the world. Then, I was drawn into myself-and myself into the world. I can’t fake this anymore. I can’t scale these social walls.
Apollo: (aside) I can’t fake this anymore, as I wait for Saturn’s fall.
Saturn: It’s been so long, but I knew it was time to pack up my thoughts and wave goodbye. Under moon’s silver shine, I’ll beckon the way to the outskirts of life then I’m gone, gone, gone.
Narrator: Saturn storms off into the dark night, but Apollo knows that she will be back. She always comes back.

Discography

the citystate falls - 2005

Set List

1. overload
2. i'll run away
3. defining the comfort zone
4. my red heart
5. the outskirts
6. fake flowers
7. the fall of rome
8. saturn's song (a soliloquy)
9. just for a while
10 take your medicine
11.i guess i'm the fool

*with occasional covers