I love New York for no other reason than to happen upon a gig for one of my favorite up-and-coming bands. It was the night of the Bjork concert at Roseland Ballroom, and my buddy Brian and I always meet up for a drink or two before any show we see. Always. Local neighborhood bar Industry sits just down the street from Bjork’s venue, so we met there. As I walked up, Penguin Prison posters were plastered everywhere and I found out they were playing after 11 p.m. I could not believe they were playing this joint. It’s one of those moments when in a year from now, you can brag that you saw them perform for 100 people on a Tuesday night at a gay bar in Hell’s Kitchen.
As soon as Bjork finished her concert, I high-tailed it to Industry to catch Chris Glover, the man behind Penguin Prison with his rich voice, catchy tunes and pretty face play a truncated set of songs off his debut album. I’m so into Penguin Prison lately I even bought tickets to see Miike Snow at Terminal 5 in April just to see these guys as the opening act. They started with “The Worse It Gets” and then played my favorite track “Fair Warning” (see the video below). They closed the set with their latest single, “Don’t Fuck with My Money” and “Multimillionaire.” Get their album. Go to their shows. Power to the Penguins.