Irish indie rock ensemble Penrose has its roots in a two person act originally started by musicians Darragh McGrane and Phil O’Luanaigh in 2013. The duo quickly began to build up hype by performing at venues such as Sweeney’s and The Mercantile, as well as through appearances on Balcony TV and Radio Nova.
The line-up has gradually expanded and evolved over the last two years, currently consisting of rhythm guitarist Caolan Fitzsimons, bassist Mark Bolger and drummer Alan Byrne alongside McGrane on vocals and guitar. Right now, the Dublin based quartet are preparing to unleash their four track debut EP, Live for the Dream, just in time for summer.
The compilation gets going with the swift and stirring riff of “See You Again”, which persists behind a heartfelt harmony. This leads into an upbeat and infectious chorus during which the atmosphere remains rousing. Its enthralling instrumental execution keeps things lively, while the vocals are rich with passion and enthusiasm from start to finish.
“Melody” bounces in next upon a cheerful beat that sticks around as a sunny and spirited verse takes off. The catchy chorus is just as energetic and absorbing, adding to the delightfully upbeat ambience of the piece. Its altogether bright and buoyant demeanour makes for an offering that’s as uplifting as it is exciting.
“Harmony” is more solemn and serious afterwards, but still carries plenty of vigour and vitality. Fervent vocals and poignant instrumentation generate an affecting air which feels full of depth and meaning.
It’s followed by the soft and serene introduction of “Where You Go Now”. This is ahead of a reserved harmony that echoes gently across a warm and relaxed riff. After building towards an emotional instrumental outburst, mellow vocals bridge the gap to a bracing guitar session which culminates in a loud and captivating climax.
Penrose have put together an extremely accomplished and arresting record here, especially considering it’s only their inaugural effort. Each of its entries unfold with the skill and proficiency of a band with years of experience, resulting in a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience. Live for the Dream will be available to own in July, but for now you can check it out on Soundcloud.