If there was to be a successful new wave of New Wave, Penny Whispers are fuelling it.
With the release of their first single ‘Stay a While’ dubbed “a powerful debut release” by BBC Introducing, Penny Whispers bring together a jigsaw of musical style from Alt Rock & Brit-pop, featuring strong vocal melodic harmony, underpinned with catchy hooks & fierce rhythmic ambition. Drawing influences from a seesaw of artists from Oasis & Artic Monkeys to early Ellie Goulding & the powerful vocals of Celine Dion, their music is a new kind of “Pop Fusion”. Traditional writing styles & and theatrical flair join with contemporary sounds & unique voices to create a new sound very much needed in these dark times.
Originating by the seaside in North Yorkshire, Harry Bullen & Terri-Ann Prendergast met in 2015 having secured contracts working on cruise ships performing to audience’s all over the world.
One post-gig cabin songwriting session turned into 4 years & over 50 self penned tracks. The pair haven’t stopped writing since.
2020 stalled promising performance’s and plans, but with the arrival of the Coronavirus Penny Whispers adapted and have put their time instead into developing skills to allow them to become 100% DIY musicians. Writing, recording, producing & releasing all by themselves on top of producing music videos and diving into the minefield that is modern music marketing & promotion.
Each new track blasts a continuous raw energy that has been admired at their live performances as “unbelievable chemistry”. Drawing inspirations from real life and real gritty conversation expressed through music; “We talk for hours on end about in controversial issues of the 21st century. What we write is what we think & what we feel. Music is an energy and a passion, you don’t just have to write about heartbreak…although it still creeps in sometimes!”
In 2020 they released ‘Wave’, a direct response to the pandemic.
Described as “a ray of hope” by BBC Radio York, they drew inspiration for the track directly from messages Penny Whispers received from their followers. ‘Wave’ was written as a collective response to shared feelings of loneness but also communal strength of positivity that we all must hold on to at this time.
In the years running up to recording their latest single, the two have shared the stage with some big names, supporting Jessie J, Toploader, E17 & playing festivals alongside Ella Henderson & The Kaiser Chiefs.