Penguin Prison

89.9 KCRW Presents

Penguin Prison

Little Monarch

Fri, April 27, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$20

This event is all ages

Penguin Prison
Penguin Prison
While 2017 left many of us speechless, Christopher Glover of Penguin Prison isspeaking louder than ever. His forthcoming EP Turn It Up—from which we’ve alreadyheard the titular lead single and its remixes—works with heavier messages than someof his previous work. That said, the EP still contains the DJ and producer’s signaturesound: a blended cocktail of speedy guitar licks, bouncy pop melodies, disco-tingedpercussion, sweet and sour vocal manipulation and upbeat bass, all molded into acohesively sunny yet sophisticated addition to his repertoire.As with his last album, much of Glover’s new work remains an enormously dotinglove letter to the city of New York, where he was born, raised, and drenched in eclecticcultural influences. “I’m glad I grew up in New York. I developed a certain attitude that alot of New Yorkers seem to have...there was never a sense that anything was too farout of reach,” he explains. “If something existed, I could probably do it.” On the 2015 LPLost In New York, Glover transformed his hometown endearment into an electro-popsoundscape that, all at once, encapsulates senses of bafflement, vulnerability, and awe.Like many healthfully formative relationships, Glover’s intimacy with the city is anythingbut overly comfortable; New York is inspiring, but also so incredibly ripe with freshartistic discoveries that the musician finds it hard to leave. “I still haven’t lived anywhereelse besides New York,” he admits. “Some people think that’s crazy, but I don’t think Ican really imagine living anywhere else. I love traveling, but I always want to call NewYork my home.”In addition to a deep loyalty to his city, there’s a plethora of reasons for whichGlover stands out amongst his peers. Perhaps the most significant at this time is hisacute awareness and incorporation of social issues and politics in his music. “Keepcoming alive, even when they try to cut you down to size,” he sings in “Keep ComingAlive.” The song is about remaining positive and hopeful in the face of what Gloverrefers to as “daunting recent developments,” referring to the US’s current political andsocial climate. “On the night of November 8th, 2016, I initially wondered how I couldeven keep being an artist,” he recalls. “It seemed like making art was trivial at thatmoment. Upon further reflection, I realized that of course the world needs people tomake music and film and all kinds of art.” For Glover, music during these tumultuoustimes can simultaneously be both a relieving departure from and enhancement of thepresent. “I always like my music to be escapist, but with reality as the subject matter,”he explains. “For me, one of the best things about music is creating a world that is aheightened version of the mundane reality we live in day to day.”Glover’s new EP carefully treads the fine line between stylistic uniformity with hisprevious material and fresh yet subtle innovation. “I wanted the new songs to be anevolution in sound while still maintaining consistency from my previous releases,” hementions. “I feel, from playing these songs live with my band, that they seem moreemotive and immediate than the previous material I have released as Penguin Prison.”

Part of this has to do with the aforementioned political climate; the rest, from his desireto write from a less objective point of view, or to stop avoiding being overly personal. “Icollaborated with my bandmate Benjamin Grubin (formerly of the band Hockey) andproducer Andy Seltzer,” he says about the EP’s lead single and namesake, “Turn It Up.”“I came up with the chorus with Ben in my studio and fleshed out the rest with Andy athis studio in Brooklyn. [The track] is a response to all of the troubling things happeningright now—trying to remain positive and encourage other people not to give up.”When it comes to live performances in 2018, Glover will continue to push hisshows’ boundaries. “I am trying to bridge the gap between the DJ world and the liveband world,” he says. This is because, unlike many other electronic artists, Glover canperform either alone or with others. “Sometimes people get confused that I perform as aband and also as a DJ...at my DJ sets, I sing my own songs and go into the crowd soit’s more of a live performance, and I try to treat my live band sets as more of a DJ setkeeping the tempo of the songs in mind and piecing them together the way a DJ would.”The goal of these shows, on an artistic level, is to manifest “an atmosphere where amoment can be created which would never be able to exist in ‘real life.’” But on apersonal level, an audience is simply a way to gauge the response to his music IRL, aswell as for Glover to enjoy himself. “Happiness and success happen when I am in theprocess of making a song that I am excited about and then again when I am performingthat song to an audience that seems equally as excited as I am.”Turn It Up will be available as of February 9th via Act Normal Music.
Little Monarch
Venue Information:
The Teragram Ballroom
1234 West 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA, 90017
http://www.teragramballroom.com/