Petrillo Relents

Petrillo Relents


'Petrillo Relents encompasses the raw, rustic beauty and elegance of the (alt-country) genre at its best... Informed by blues, country, folk, R&B and soul, their eclecticism speaks true to Southern grace, making Petrillo Relents a local treasure.' (Free Times - Columbia, SC)


Born in the sultry summer months of 2003 in Columbia, South Carolina, Petrillo Relents is the heart-child of songwriter Andrew Francis. Americana? Art-blues? Country noir? There is a dark southern mystique to the music that has drawn comparisons to the Band and early Rolling Stones, among others. Over the past three years, the band has performed at music venues and outdoor festivals around the southeast, sharing stages with diverse acts like the Avett Brothers, Grupo Fantasma, Faun Fables, Hope for a Golden Summer, and the Blue Dogs. Petrillo Relents was chosen 2004 "Best New Local Band" by the writers of Columbia's Free Times. In 2006, Petrillo Relents was awarded a grant from the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties.

The band has recorded two albums with engineer Steve Slavich at the Jam Room in Columbia: ‘Such Is’ (EP - 2004) and ‘Strange Passengers’ (LP – 2006). Both recordings were produced by the band and are available through their website, The recordings capture the essence of this five-piece band; however, the full impact of Petrillo Relents is most evident at their live performances, where the interplay of the five friends and the personalities of each individual merge and create an uncommon musical energy.


Temptation told me

Written By: Andrew Francis

drawing drunken circles,
hanging high up in the air
sing ‘Glory, glory’
glory, glory

having hallucinations
with the birds of prey in prayer
sing ‘Glory, glory’
glory be, glory be
gloriously shed in splinters
at my feet spun from splendid colors
and born of blessed harmonies
the desert unfurls its sands with gentle ease.

the saints have come and gone again,
yeah all they did was stare
sing ‘Mercy, mercy’
mercy, mercy

leaving lifeless laurels
at the bottom of your stairs
sing ‘Mercy, mercy’
mercy, mercy
mercy be, mercy be
ministered on us in need
woven from broken glass,
and blown like dust over the sea
the waves stroke the shore
with gentle ease.

temptation told me, it’s mine alone to shoulder
this toil of skin and bones
but redemption responds
hey hallelujah brother,
is better than a heart of stone.

temptation told me, it’s mine alone to shoulder
this toil of skin and bones
but redemption responds
hey hallelujah sister,
is better than a heart of stone.


"Such Is" (EP) - released in October 2004
"Strange Passengers" (LP) - released in July 2006
Conspiracy (single - 2007)

Set List

Shows range anywhere from 1-2 hours, but we'll play all night...

Original Songs:
New Orleans
Forever Eleanor
For You Camile
the Ending of the Song
Crawlin' Back Black & Blues
Bring me Morphine
Cold-water Flat
Temptation Told Me
Nothing New (Tinseltown)
Rock & Roll Town
Rest You Now
After the Afternoon Crowd
You Before Me
Baltimore is Burning
Red Sugar