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"City Beat"

"Penumbrae is a sweet breath of melody-driven relaxation. Vocalist Lish's angelic voice is the perfect ornamentation to this polished acoustic rock with spiritual atmospherics. Originally a duo, the band is now a sextet; as their size increases, so does the attention they receive. The group has earned radio play with their debut CD 'One Way Drive.' Dig it: Jewel, Lilith Fair, Ani DiFranco minus the anger." - City Beat (Cincinnati)


"I'd say they're one of the top rising Ann Arbor-area groups. Their sound is a heartfelt, soulful, acoustic-based pop style. Their best moments recall groups like The Sundays, Mazzy Star or early material from Everything But the Girl. We've been playing them on our `Homegrown' local music program and the `Acoustic Brunch' program. Now, we are starting to play them more regularly as their profile increases and their fan base grows." - Brad Savage, Program Director, WQKL107.1FM Ann Arbor

"Jam Rag"

"This girl can sing beautifully. Their style is fully their own.... Their talent shines through when playing originals.... It would definitely be a treat to hear them again." - Jam Rag


"The first time I heard Penumbrae, I knew I had discovered something special. I look forward to playing every track I can get my hands on." - Johnny B., WHFR 89.3FM Dearborn, MI

"Real Detroit"

"Finally, a folksy, acoustic-based quartet that isn't interested in jamming out for 20 minutes during a song's bridge. These guys are interested in playing songs. Whoa. Refreshing." - Real Detroit Weekly


"Penumbrae are a pop band with some serious potential out of the metro area."
- Adam Rey, WQKL-FM107.1 Ann Arbor MI

"Detroit Free Press"

"Lish's entrancing, crystalline vocals have remained Penumbrae's trademark. Rich, melodic rock flavored by psychedelia and bluegrass. [The band] expects to record again for Third Monk in early 2007, with new, up-tempo material that better reflects their energetic live shows." - Kim Silarski

"City Beat"

"I know you're wondering, so here's the scoop: Penumbrae is the area between complete shadow and complete illumination. Does that definition make it the perfect name for this Detroit [sextet]? If the Penumbrae in this case is the area between Folk, Americana, Pop and Rock, then perhaps it is. But a band with this much chemistry and charisma is leaning more toward illumination. Dig it: Lucinda Williams-layered rootsy Folk cake with Radiohead/Pink Floyd icing." - City Beat (Cincinnati)


"One Way Drive," Third Monk Records, 2005.
"Colors/Winter" (single), Third Monk Records, 2008

"One Way Drive" named Best Record of 2005 by Johnny B., WHFR89.3FM, ahead of many major label heavyweights! "High Five" from the release is the #1 rock download on (for several months running).

RADIO: "All This Time," "High Five," "Utica Green" and other tracks from the release have received airplay in Detroit, MI on WHFR, WBLD and WSDP; in Ann Arbor, MI on WQKL; in Lansing, MI on WLNZ and WDBM; in Kalamazoo, MI on WIDR; in Grand Rapids, MI on WYCE and WCKS; in Chicago, IL on WLTL; in Columbia City, IN on WJHS in medium rotation; in Goshen, IN on WGCS on medium rotation; in North Manchester, IN on WBKE; in Burlington, WI on WBSD; in Stevens Point, WI on WWSP; in Athens, OH on WOUB; at Bowling Green University on WBGU; in Bethlehem, PA on WLVR; and on XM Satellite Radio's "Unsigned." Penumbrae is regularly featured on WHFR 89.3 FM, which spins tracks from "One Way Drive" as well as in-studio performances and previously recorded demos (visit for playlists). They have also been featured a number of times on the Mitch Albom Show, WJR760. "One Way Drive" is being serviced to college and public radio regionally and is distributed nationally. Streaming tracks are available on and at

ONLINE ACCOLADES: Penumbrae has posted a number of songs online which have been consistently well received. "All This Time" spent more than a month at #1 on the Michigan charts on, reaching #2 on the folk and #5 on the midwest charts; "Almost" reached #2 on the Michigan and #6 on the pop-rock charts; "Colorado" reached #7 on the alt-country chart. "Colorado" was enthusiastically received on, garnering "most original track," "best female vocals," "best guitars," "best beat" and "grooviest rhythm" in the Americana category.



Now in their sixth year, Penumbrae is one of Detroit's most exciting live acts. The female-fronted sextet's eclectic brand of rock ranges from melodic groove, to alternative rock, to danceable pop -- all with the signature stamp of Penumbrae -- and has garnered them radio play in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Pennsylvania.

What sets Penumbrae apart is lead vocalist Lish, whose engaging presence and sparkling voice front the group. The band's natural chemistry is evident in their energetic live performances. Shining through original as well as cover material -- including the band's interpretations of Dee Lite's "Groove is in the Heart," Led Zeppelin's "Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp," and Cole Porter's "Don't Fence Me In" -- is a cohesive band vibe born of musicians who simply love playing together.

In addition to regularly performing regionally, Penumbrae has appeared at a number of notable music festivals, including Arts, Beats and Eats (Pontiac, MI), the MidPoint Music Festival (Cincinnati, OH), and Motown Winter Blast (Super Bowl Pre-Party; Detroit, MI).

The band is currently writing material for their follow-up to their debut release "One Way Drive" (Third Monk Records), named best album of 2005 by Johnny B. at WHFR and WQKL in Michigan. Their CD single, "Colors/Winter" (Third Monk) was released in early 2008.