From Stolen Body Records – Meet , Edward Penfold


A few months back, I was introduced to Abjects by Girlsville Records through their excellent compiliation “Stupid Punk Boy’ . That in turn landed me at Stolen Body Records. This is a very kick ass label out of Bristol and over the next few months, we will be running a few “Meet The Bands” with as many of their artist that want to participate. Today we bring you, Edward Penfold. This is from Stolen Body Records:
Edward Penfold – Caulkhead

On March 18th Stolen Body Records will be releasing Edward Penfold’s debut album ‘CAULKHEAD’. Coming out on a very limited edition run of 100 12” vinyl inserted in hand made sleeves. It will also be released digitally, on CD and on cassette.Edward Penfold’s music is a blend of the old and the new, nostalgic but not dated, more than anything it sounds like now. It’s music of the heart, a hazy collection of sounds and moods – sometimes upbeat, sometimes down but always genuine and always captivating. His lyricism reflects the eloquence and observation of a very English sort of poetry, seeing the depth in the shallows of life, the profundity in the mundane. All accepted with a matter-of-factness that is reflected in the driving impetus in every song, whether slow or fast or groovy.Stolen Body previously featured two of his songs on their compilation Vegetarian Meat Vol 2 back in April 2015. One of those tracks ‘Sunny Day’ was premiered on Crack Magazines website. Edward Penfold is also a member of experimental psych and garage trio Taos Humm who have a record coming out later in 2016. Accompanied by the members of the band ‘Taos Humm, Velcro hooks, Factotum’ and record producer/engineer Dom Mitcheson (Malthouse Stdios) the group travelled from their Bristol base to the Isle of Wight to record Caulkhead. Caulkhead is the name given to a native of the Isle of Wight. Located a few miles of the south coast of England, it is the birthplace of Edward Penfold.Following in the footsteps of Neil Young’s self titled debut album, it cushions more punchy accessible songs such as: Sunny Day, If You Like and Up Down with long drawn out instrumentals: Lawrence of Arabica, P.P.S and Song for Joan. Lyrically, Caulkhead is drenched in imagery. It is surreal, dead pan writing that uses language steeped in metaphors and idioms, offset by mocking itself with literalism. The album owes much of its sound quality to a single track tape machine. It creates a warm, warbly feel that heavily compresses the sound. ‘’I would always try to make a counter response to everything i would make. For instance if i would make a ‘nice’ melody, i would offset that with something discordant. Or if the lyrics were becoming either too melodramatic of joke like, i would try to use the other to pull it back into the centre. Where they can both ideally exist.’’

Edward Penfold – Caulkhead (PRE ORDER)

for those unfamiliar with your bands history, can you tell us all how you all met up and decided to start a band?
The people i play with are made up of several bands. Factotum, Velcro Hooks and Taos Humm. I had some songs i wanted to record so we all went to the Isle of Wight and made an album

who would you list as your musical influence?
As long as its good i guess it’s influential

whats the coolest thing that’s happened to you as a band since you started up?

I remember being in Seattle at a place called the Edgewater Inn. It was right on the water so you could cast from the room. We fished all day until it got dark and some girls came round. I wont go into details, but there was an incident with a tall red head and a mud shark. Some people say it was a yellow rockfish, some people say it was a red snapper. If you ask different people you will get a different story. Ive honestly heard some people say that it was Led Zep instead of us!

what are your hopes and dreams as a band for the next few years.

Not to think ahead

what are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?

There has been some great music coming out of Bristol recently and there will be more to come. The Evil Usses, Spectres, Oliver Wilde, The Naturals, the list goes on and will get be getting bigger in 2016.

Do you see any real use for social media , or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?

i do and it is

Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off.

Ill let you know when i get them

If you could tour anywhere in the world , where would you want to go.
I like the idea of doing a village hall tour. Parquet floors and high ceilings make for nice resonance

Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life?

Any last thoughts for your fans?
Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life?

Edward Penfold:


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