Ladies and gentlemen, hang on to your hats – here come The Elementary Penguins! The brilliantly named Anglo-Dutch trio easily can – and indeed already does – take any party by storm. The story began when British bassist and vocalist Dale Wathey met guitarist Sjap Kooistra after moving to the Netherlands. In 2012, the duo met the drummer Maurits Huijgen backstage at a concert, marking the start of the Elementary Penguins. Things happened pretty quickly from that point onwards, with the band’s single “Everybody Knows My Name Especially On The Dance Floor” receiving an enthusiastic response from NME and 3FM, a Dutch radio station. The latter then proceeded to award the band a 3FM Serious Talent status. Having already gained such accolades in their career, the trio continues to amaze with a string of live shows and an album release. Their debut EP has been released on March 19th and contains 5 energy-packed songs that will bring any party to life.
The Elementary Penguins’ “Everybody Knows My Name Especially On The Dance Floor”
With a title like “She’s Lighting Up a Cigarette and She Don’t Care”, the first song pretty much lets the listener know from the start what’s about to come. This energetic and careless rock n’ roll tune makes a great opener to the album and is bound to have the audiences singing and dancing at the shows. The tongue in cheek tone of the EP continues with “We Are All Too Young for Rock and Roll Suicide”. With youthful energy and defiance emanating from every note, the song demands the listener’s attention with another sing-along chorus. The band shows no signs of slowing down in “King until I See You”. This catchy melody sounds perfect for the radio. And then, of course, there’s the band’s aforementioned first hit, and the EP’s title track, “Everybody Knows My Name Especially On The Dance Floor”. Check it out and feel the band’s infectious energy for yourself. The EP ends with a somewhat moody “Don’t Leave” – the only calm piece in the collection. And you know what? The calmer ballad feels quite soothing after the excitement of preceding tracks.
If you were looking for a good indie rock album to kick-start this spring – this just might be it. The sound of Elementary Penguins is fun, catchy, energising and effortlessly entertaining. Be sure to check out this EP and stay tuned for more from these guys who are only warming up before they rule dance floors everywhere!
Written by Natalia Gronowska
OurVinyl | Contributor