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Pennyroyal / Press

“Pennyroyal has occasionally been described as the best local band you’ve never heard of, and St. Paul arts writer Ira Brooker agrees with that assessment. Ira says frontwoman Angie Oase has a magnetic stage presence and the band is musically conversant in a number of different styles. Pennyroyal will be celebrating the release of its new album, “Baby, I’m Against it,” at Icehouse in Minneapolis, Nov. 19.”

““Hey, where have you been?” Angie Oase asks in the opening line of Pennyroyal’s sophomore album. She seems to be singing that to a lover who’s MIA, but the mohawk-haired, Norse-goddess-looking frontwoman could be asking that of local music fans, who have been relatively slow to recognize Pennyroyal as one of the Twin Cities’ most likable and straight-up powerful rock bands. That might change with this new record, “Baby, I’m Against It.” The quintet turned to Ed Ackerson (Polara, BNLX) to produce, lending a bigger, cleaner touch to their raw power. That opening track, “M List,” kicks things off with a Velvet Underground-ian blast of frayed guitars and pounding beats, and highlights from there include a bongo-laced dance-rocker that might fit on the new Arcade Fire album (“Record Machine”) and a couple of Chrissie Hynde-style rock ballads (“Did You Really Mean It,” “Last I Had”). Guitarist and co-writer Ethan Rutherford also coolly steps up to sing the ha”

“Fans poured into the Icehouse, lining every orifice of the bloated venue to support Pennyroyal’s release. Oase muses that she was worried vinyl presses wouldn’t be ready for the show but fortunately this concern was unnecessary. “Your public awaits!” shouts one confidant to an elated Oase as she navigates the balcony to bask in adoration. Calm and collected she eagerly calls her attention to Scott as he finishes up his set. Other patrons scurry for remote corners of the venue, trying to stay out of other’s way while sipping on some of the Icehouse’s luxurious libations.”

““Baby I’m Against It” is exceptional. It is their second release and was produced/engineered by the talented Ed Ackerson at Flower Studios in Minneapolis. Ed is well known for BNLX & Polara ...”

“Local band Pennyroyal is one of the hottest tickets in town with several recent shows sold out, and they have a new album out. They performed on the WCCO Saturday Morning Show (4:25).”

"Pennyroyal came awfully close to stealing the whole show with their effervescent, energetic indie pop."

“Three full-length releases in as many years is a prodigious track record by any musician’s standards, and three of the caliber Pennyroyal has produced is downright exceptional. So why does the foursome remain just under the collective consciousness? After a few dozen listens of their brand new Baby I’m Against It, we’re thinking this is their breakout year. Their sound is still not as solidified as it could be, but that’s the product of having a handful of influences from each band member. There are traces of the moody Velvet Underground (unavoidable, given lead singer Angie Oase’s emotive voice), but tracks like “Record Machine” are danceable, too. A few mellow out with a country/folk hook, like “Pennyroyal” and “Broken Wheel,” albeit over crashing reverb from bandmates whose side gig is with Wizard Fight. The live take should be just as impressive. Catch them tonight at Icehouse with wandering Scott Laurent. 9:30 p.m. $10. —EK”

“Interview KDEC”

“This gorgeous, striking new video for Pennyroyal's "Baby I'm Against It," was created and directed by Heather Kraft. The artistic paper cut-outs featured in the clip only add to the song's wistful, heartening message, while also reinforcing the track's spare sentimentality. The group just had a successful release show for their fantastic new record, also titled Baby I'm Against It (which was produced/engineered by Ed Ackerson at Flowers Studio), and this strong batch of tunes should garner them plenty of attention in the coming months and beyond. But for now, just watch this moving video and swoon -- but don't be sad.”

“We got a disc of the new Pennyroyal album in the mail last week, too. They’ve got the album on Bandcamp but you can only hear one track, “Crossing Bridges.” What a tease. What ’til you hear the whole album — we have been playing it two and three times a day here in the shop. We feel like it’s the best thing that ever happened to our stereo. You can hear the first track, “M List,” just by visiting their website (here). A band that’s always been too good for any single genre, they flirt with new wave and disco on a couple tracks, especially “Record Machine,” which you can hear here. Do your ears a favor and click on that link — “Record Machine” is irresistibly great pop music. It’s the sort of song that reminds us why we starting hanging around a record shop in the first place.”

“Let it be known: Minnesota bands will break your heart with sneakily devastating music videos that rely on nothing more than inanimate objects like paper dolls and wooden figurines. Ouch. In less heartrending news, Pennyroyal play a release show for their new album Baby I’m Against It (which they promise is generally much faster and more upbeat than this sweet little tune) on Tuesday, November 19 at Icehouse.”

"Stellar Debut!" "Best Local Albums (So Far)" 2011!

“It’s almost impossible to imagine Places as an album, simply because five or six more songs this good seems like an impossible dream. If this were an album it would be at the top of the top 10 list we started posting on Monday. This is our favorite local release of 2012. According to the EP’s Bandcamp page (here) “co-singer/songwriters Angie Oase and Ethan Rutherford … coincidentally brought in five songs about the places/cities that impacted them,” and rather than can them for a second album they recorded them for this, a shorter release – The result makes Places a “concept EP” (if such a thing exists), driven by a healthy sense of urgency. The two strongest tracks – “Minot (Whynot Minot?)” and “NOLA (Monday/Tuesday)” made up the sides of a 7″ record released last year (frustratingly at 33rpm, making me look like a dumbass every time I play it in a DJ set) but any claims this EP shouldn’t count because it comprises some old material (ie pre-2012) are refu”

“Genre-bending, two harmonica players-having, blond mohawked singer-led Pennyroyal plays Cause to celebrate the release of its EP, Places. Just a handful of tracks, the EP will still leave listeners completely sated. Like a highly evolved, adaptive beast of music, Pennyroyal puts a glam spin on the rock ‘n’ blues sound other bands are circling in on today. Listen to “Minot” and you’ll detect an almost terrifying genius powering lead singer Angie Oase’s at once ethereal and guttural vocals. Set against the landscape of a steady bass line and pitch perfect guitar hooks, Oase leads the charge onto the gates of musical heaven. Chart this territory on a map and you’ll end up somewhere between The Clash, Neko Case, and the Alabama Shakes with a glam sheen. Perfectly balanced.”

“The scene’s prettiest-voiced mohawked singer, Angie Oase, and her harmonica-equipped band Pennyroyal are issuing their full-length debut "Sad Face/Glad Face." The 11-song set charmingly captures her Neko Case-like crooning over a collage of styles, including rollicking Americana and powerful, moody punk — part Patsy Cline and part Patti Smith.”

“From this point forward the night became a little more conventional, but it isn't exactly the term I'd use to describe Pennyroyal, the night's next performer. Headed by the bleach blond fro-hawked Angie Oase, the band sports not one but two harmonica players. What intrigued me most about their performance was the versatility and eclecticism of genre hopping they brought with them to the stage. One song sounds like a sad Irish ballad, the next sounds like folk, blues and rock, the next sounds more like a modern take on punk or indie rock, and the next has more of an Americana vibe; it was with this diverse palate that Pennyroyal drew the largest crowd of the evening to the small corner of the bar.”

“From its singers' fateful meeting to its myriad influences, this is one band that really knows how to come together.-- Not only is Pennyroyal one of the best new local bands you probably haven't heard, but it also has one of the best stories you'll ever hear about how two people met to form a band. Angie Oase, the group's blonde mohawk-haired frontwoman, was playing solo sets around town in 2009 when she started covering a song called "Sarah," by an obscure Seattle songwriter named Ethan Rutherford. She got his CD from a friend of a friend. As Rutherford quipped, "My mom and sister were the only other two people who'd heard it." Lo and behold, one night while Oase performed the song at Anodyne coffee shop in south Minneapolis, there sat a flabbergasted Rutherford, who had just relocated here to attend grad school at the University of Minnesota. Oase, too, was a transplant, having moved from Minot, N.D., to attend Macalester College. "It was one of those things where you go, 'What...”

“Angie Oase looks like a U.K. punk-rocker but sings like she left the Cranberries to join a Patsy Cline tribute band. Her band's full-length debut counterbalances her pretty voice with raw, echoey and vaguely Americana-flavored rock that's as elegant or gritty as it wants to be. ”

Chris Riemenschneider - Star Tribune

“Pennyroyal astounded with an inspired cover of the Replacements “Achin’ to Be.” This group doesn’t get enough credit for their solid spin on understated ‘90s rock. (main photo of Angie O and Curtiss A)”

“And now they’re back, Pennyroyal, the most under-appreciated band working in the Twin Cities right now. Maybe the best. They’ve got a new disc out tomorrow that we’ve already sunk ourselves into for weeks now, and it doesn’t matter that the lyrics are inside the jacket. We know every word.”

“Pennyroyal's lead singer Angie Oase (pronounced "Ohs") doesn't look like the typical folk rocker. And the Minneapolis group's latest album, Baby I'm Against It, doesn't play out like typical folk or rock. On Baby, the band has a particular theme of loss and leaving coursing through it, but each song has its own story and sound. Before the band's album release at Icehouse on Tuesday, Gimme Noise spoke with Ethan Rutherford and Angie about working with Ed Ackerson and how the band has collectively grown since their last album. Band Members: Angie Oase, Ethan Rutherford, William Hoben, Jake Mohan, Brian Cameron Gimme Noise: It's been about two years since your last album, Sad Face/Glad Face, was released; how has the band progressed musically since then? What outside forces do you feel contributed to the change? Ethan: We recorded and released the Places EP in early 2012, which definitely took us in a new direction collaboratively -- people bring in snippets of songs, and we all ...”