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The Penske File Performs Session For The Rock Room

Penske FileBurlington, Ontario folk-punk trio The Penske File recently played played a song for a session at The Rock Room.  The session features the song “Party Time Liars” from their latest full length, Burn into the Earth, which is available now via Stomp Records.

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Video: The Penske File – Party Time Liars

Penske FileBurlington, Ontario folk-punk trio The Penske File has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “The Penske File” and appears on their brand new full length, Burn into the Earth, which was released via Stomp Records back in June.

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Video: Penske File – Bedroom Angels

Penske FileBurlington, Ontario folk-punk trio The Penske File has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Bedroom Angels” and appears on their brand new full length, Burn into the Earth, which was released via Stomp Records back in June.

Listen to the new disc below.

Penske File

The Penske File

Burn Into The Earth

Stomp Records
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Right from the opening line of the The Penske File’s debut full length, Burn Into The Earth, something feels remarkably familiar.  In fact, the chord progression and general tempo of the first ten seconds sounds as if pulled from the equivalent time stamp of Blacklist Royals’ fan favourite, “American Hearts” (play them side by side, it’s near harmonious).  The structural similarities dissipate soon thereafter as the Burlington, Ontario pop-punk act launches into a sinfully catchy explosion of gang-lead, sing-along choruses, but the sense of can’t-quite-place-the-likeness quickly becomes a recurring theme.

The Penske File’s talents span a wide range of styles within the typical pop-punk genre.  A close listen to “Bedroom Angels” reveals a gauntlet of vocal inflections ranging from countrymen Junior Battles’ subdued patches, to skyward reaching, tightly honed wails circa Versus The World and Smile And Burn, and a raspy chorus you’d expect to fall more in line with Street Dogs.  It’s a diverse roster of influences that tends to consolidate somewhere in the vicinity of the Paper + Plastick Records herd of contemporary pop-punk bands like And We Danced, Dwayne, and The Moms.  Primary vocalist Travis Miles presents a versatile range without becoming whiny or risking blending too readily in with a traditionally crowded scene.

Burn Into The Earth’s best moments typically come into play with the sing-along, harmonica strapped choruses of later tracks.  “Dead Letters” makes a strong case as the band collectively belts in anthemic fashion, “I’ve been writing dead letters, and I’ve been writing burnt out fires through the night.”  “Old Dogs” rises to the occasion with an energetic chorus line that should make for some invigorating live shows.  Then the band sneaks in the most successful and ambitious track at the tail end of the disc.  “Home” confidently layers on the harmonies in an incrementally swelling presentation that leads Burn Into The Earth to a very natural conclusion.

But between album highlights hide a few lesser tracks like “Party Time Liars” and “Wasters.”  While not offensive by any means, they lack the same firm footing of their neighbours, coming across nasally and unrefined when placed alongside more purposeful fare.  “Party Time Liars” in particular feels more like The Penske File’s annoying little brother – the snotty vocals missing the mark of their catchier and more developed brethren.

Even if a good chunk of the time with Burn Into The Earth will be spent trying to deduce “which artist does this song bring to mind,” The Penske File offers up a encouragingly tight full-length chalk full of chorus-heavy sing-along anthems.  With an underlying talent to grow from, Burn Into The Earth only hints at only the tip of the iceberg of this emerging Canadian punk trio.

The Penske File Full Album Stream

Penske FileBurlington, Ontario folk-punk trio The Penske File is streaming their brand new full length, Burn into the Earth, which is due out on June 2, 2015 via Stomp Records.

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The Penske File Joins Stomp Records; New Full Length In May

Penske FileBurlington, Ontario folk-punk trio The Penske File has signed with Stomp Records for the release of their third album.  The disc will be titled Burn into the Earth and is due out on May 26, 2015.   Vocalist and guitarist Travis Miles expressed his excitement to Riffyou.com:

“I’m definitely excited about this new record… It’s the first time we’ve recorded something in one solid chunk of time. We hunkered down in Drive Studios for eight days in December and just banged it out.

“I feel there’s a fluidity and an intensity present that hasn’t been there for us before… We wrote way more songs this time around and were able to narrow it down to what we think are the strongest 10. All in all, writing and recording Burn into the Earth was a fun process in a new element. We can’t wait to get in the van And start playing these tunes live.”

Upcoming tour dates can be found below.

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