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Penny Blacks / Press

““A heartbreakingly good listen."”

““... refreshing, ebullient, even...neither dripping pathos or pulling punches, Harbour is the kind of record that offers respite from the storm...””

““[Penny Blacks’ Gold Standards EP] unravels fluidly with pure raw emotion that makes it one of the most unpretentious and honest albums I have heard in quite some time. Outstanding songwriting lyrically, melodically and musically with a real depth that is intuitive to it's physical surroundings. It wraps you up and unravels you like a gust of wind that as suddenly as it came leaves you again,surrendering, leaving a lasting and uniquely calm and satisfied impression."”

““Brilliant and sincere"”

““[Penny Blacks’] live show also proved to be one of the best to come out of the region in years. "”

"Absolutely stunning. Penny Blacks set the Gold Standard for great Canadian EPs of 2011."

“Seeing Penny Blacks on stage tonight was one of those rare musical groups where you watch them play, and not only do I think "this is good music" or "these people are talented" or "I'm enjoying the show" or whatever... but I actually thought "I wish I was a part of that somehow". I really hope this group stays together for a long time and continues to make great music and even get bigger and better. ”


“[Penny Blacks] live performances have received critical acclaim across the board The minimalist percussion, impassioned vocals and assortment of instruments (chimes, anyone?) give the band a delectable sound that begs a repeat listen...Ogden on his own is a solid acoustic guitarist offering bittersweet folksy ditties covering the entire spectrum of loves-gone-wrong - from that one person you just can't shake, to the pictures you wish you hadn't found while snooping on a certain someone's computer. Ogden sings love songs for the modern relationship, and he does it well...Penny Blacks are a force to be reckoned with, that much is plain. ”

Here Magazine

“An engaging song writer, able to control your ear with just some aggressive strums of the acoustic and thoughtful lyrics...more than just another stripped down acoustic punk/indie artist. Ogden isn't lacking for inspiration or creativity ...Unlike so many recordings that get sent our way, Penny Blacks makes me wish that I had the chance to see them play soon. They are the type of songs you want to bounce around to, singing along with that band and feeling like you were part of the show. Keep your eyes and ears on Penny Blacks. ”