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The Penguin Party / Press

“Mesherlek is THE BEST POP ALBUM IN 25 YEARS: Great tunes, loads of hooks, witty lyrics...”

Mike Lightfoot - New Crawdaddy Club / Saint FM

“This Brit quartet didn't break the bank for slick recording tech - the keyboards sound like toys, programmed drums sometimes recall late 80s home studio efforts - but went all in on power-pop songcraft that both grabs your attention and sticks in your head afterwards ("Someone Else's Turn To Be Me," with a sly funk guitar hook). Which isn't to knock their vocal and instrumental talent: the anarchic guitar solo on the otherwise grim "Elephant's Graveyard" is a wonder. Often they're in a melancholy post-Beatles bag resemblingCrowded House ("United State Of Grace"), with minor-key verses leading to joyful harmony-laden choruses ("Mirror Ball"), but aren't beholden to formulas either (the caustic campfire singalong "Going Back To Grandma's"). I want the band to be successful, but I don't want them to lose the DIY freshness of these recording - I guess that makes me an indie rock nerd after all.”

“Dave Milligan's unique observations of the world around him ring bells of familiarity to every middle class, mid-life-crisis'd, middle-age-spreaded British male (even the cross-dressing ones). The album will give you a bigger buzz than Mike Leigh-on-Ecstasy.”

“Dave Milligan's unique observations of the world around him ring bells of familiarity to every middle class, mid-life-crisis'd, middle-age-spreaded British male (even the cross-dressing ones). The album will give you a bigger buzz than Mike Leigh-on-Ecstasy.”

“Dave Milligan's unique observations of the world around him ring bells of familiarity to every middle class, mid-life-crisis'd, middle-age-spreaded British male (even the cross-dressing ones). The album will give you a bigger buzz than Mike Leigh-on-Ecstasy.”

“Dave Milligan's unique observations of the world around him ring bells of familiarity to every middle class, mid-life-crisis'd, middle-age-spreaded British male (even the cross-dressing ones). The album will give you a bigger buzz than Mike Leigh-on-Ecstasy.”

“Dave Milligan's unique observations of the world around him ring bells of familiarity to every middle class, mid-life-crisis'd, middle-age-spreaded British male (even the cross-dressing ones). The album will give you a bigger buzz than Mike Leigh-on-Ecstasy.”

“Dave Milligan's unique observations of the world around him ring bells of familiarity to every middle class, mid-life-crisis'd, middle-age-spreaded British male (even the cross-dressing ones). The album will give you a bigger buzz than Mike Leigh-on-Ecstasy. ”

“There may be a better way to start the show than with the storming Essex 4-piece The Penguin Party, but if there is I certainly can't think of it”

"Like Marmite: Not everyone's gonna like that song, but I ADORE it! Right up my strasse!" Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music, on The Penguin Party's "This is my station"

"That was so much fun! I mean, you would have to be a cadaver if that doesn't make you feel good!"

David Bash, live on stage after The Penguin Party's Cavern Club set, 2011 - International Pop Overthrow Festival

“more than enough gems here (like the terrific "Whatever Happened to Tomorrow's World?") to make it worth your while. Fans of Mr. Newell and Mr. Partridge shouldn't miss this one”

“Penguin Party are now becoming a quirky British institution who inhabit a world which refuses to change with the times. Not a bad move on this evidence”

"...sounds like what happens if Peter & Gordon crashed into the early (Go Now) Moody Blues."

“quirky but stylish..naively intelligent..beautifully and sensitively crafted..poetic lyrics..refreshingly individualistic..clever playfulness..thought provoking and evocative..strange but nicely rewarding..well conceived, superbly written and beautifully performed..an enjoyable and fascinating work”

“Highly tuneful and charming, with just the right air of quirkiness to rank it as one of the better nostalgically-flavoured records of recent times”

“A cool, engaging release – it has a hypnotic quality that pulls you in. Milligan is not playing it safe with his pop inspirations with his healthy love of early Squeeze, Nick Lowe and Martin Newell, it’s a distinctively British take on pop craftmenship but it works extremely well..”

“Very catchy, very charming..The rootsy "..Grandma's" is a Kinks & Nick Lowe-inspired sing-along! The chirpy and jangly "She Smells" is another "Argybargy" influenced song! The vocal interplay throughout recalls the Difford/Tillbrook dynamic of Squeeze. EXCELLENT!!!”

“very English nostalgic music hall pop/compelling listen/reminds me of Andy Partridge/best fun here is pub anthem "Goin' Back To Grandma's" with the hummable chorus and foot stompin' beat/a lot of subtle shifts in mood and genre/charming pop that will sit well with ye merry anglophile power pop fans”

“..sticky hooks, quirky arrangements and choruses that insist on taking up residence (you’ll be singing these songs in the shower)..like the best pop..governments definitely won’t fall, but sun-drenched drives in the country, with the windows down, will be enhanced”

“..decidedly British flair..stylistic pop-rock tunes..varied influences and genre-hopping arrangements..snappy electric guitar bursts, some with angular tempos and brisk beats, occasionally building textural tapestries..creating sweet sounding, semi-psychedelic melodies..”

“...cooler than a real penguin’s party..more quintessentially British than fish and chips..quirky and individualistic..engagingly charming.. memorably tuneful..literally reels you in…lurking within the album are cleverly constructed lyrics about all manner of human experiences…”

“Warning. Just like all well written pop you will find yourself singing these songs at highly inappropriate moments.”

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