The Gin Pennies play pop songs enveloped in an oldschool sound that includes percussive guitars, upright bass, violin and trumpet. A close listen reveals intriguing non-period and genre specific surprises like chromatic harmonica, and lush chord sequences. There’s a unique slant to their tunes that sets them apart from the masses; it’s as if Lake Street Drive traveled back to the 1920’s Paris and made a record with Django Reinhardt. It’s an engaging mixture of era and vibe, where modern-day California indie-pop meets 1920s French juke joint.
The Gin Pennies release their graceful self-titled debut The Gin Pennies out today.
Frontwoman Shanelle Lewis has a voice for the ages, honed from her childhood in a musical family who would stay up nights playing songs around the campfire. Lewis moved from rural Ohio to Los Angeles, and quickly caught the attention of Randy Wooten, a prolific songwriter (TheBloody Lovelies, Willodean) and co-founder of Cheap Lullaby Records (Joan As Police Woman, Teitur, David Mead).
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