Australian-born PENNY IKINGER is a world-renowned guitar virtuoso, singer and songwriter, with an international reputation for her solo work. Highly regarded as a solo artist, she has also performed with musicians from the U.S.A, Japan, France and Australia, to great acclaim and instant fandom.
Penny Ikinger recently recorded her third solo album in Tokyo with Japanese rock musicians. In keeping with her need to continually challenge her musical self, Penny Ikinger teamed up with Radio Birdman's Deniz Tek to write new material for the album. This project was sponsored by the Australia-Japan Foundation who have been generous in their support of this unique musical collaboration.
Penny Ikinger's debut solo album ELECTRA (Career Records, USA) appeared in Top Ten lists (at #2 by critics from prestigious New York magazines The Village Voice and The Big Takeover) and numerous music publications in the U.S.A, Europe, Canada and Australia. Guitar virtuoso, fuzz queen, sonic chanteuse, primal mistress of pop – it’s hard to pin Penny Ikinger down in easy comparisons or simple terms. She has earned a stellar international reputation with touring rights in Japan, the U.S.A, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. She is considered by the toughest of critics to be one of the World’s finest.
"All woman and all business - the Australian singer-guitarist - a graduate of the Radio Birdman school of axe warfare - unveils a fetching line of balladry here: black-hearted folk songs draped in fuzz, topped with a dark baby-doll whisper ... imagine Nico channeling Sandy Denny in front of Blue Oyster Cult - and you're close." DAVID FRICKE, Senior Editor, Rolling Stone (USA)
Ms Ikinger breathes delicacy and fuzz into her swooping solo work with an ease that is terrifying and beautiful. Known for her mind warping, note bending dirty rock, she also switches tempo to deliver classic pop tunes with shades of light and dark in a rich sonic soundscape.
".... with Ikinger's aggressive white-noise cacophonies of guitar counter pointed by the compelling coo of her voice, each song comes on like a siren's call from the depths..." SOPHIE BEST, The Age (Australia)
"Incredibly cool femme fatale laid-back noise rock by Australian guitar beauty... Ikinger's voice and amazing guitar work makes this one helluva solid piece of female rock ..." LOWCUT MAGAZINE (Denmark)
‘ELECTRA’ was all breathy vocals and sonic guitar and her second solo album ‘PENELOPE’ (Citadel Records, Australia) was a shift in style and tempo, with three minute classic pop gems mix post-punk attack with swingin’ sixties attitude and 70’s guitar experimentation. ‘PENELOPE’ includes contributions from Australia’s favourite rock artists Deniz Tek, Ron Peno, Charlie Owen, Mark Ferrie, Dave Graney and Clare Moore. 'PENELOPE' was named in the Top 3 Albums of the Year in Australia’s Inpress Magazine and Time Off Magazine Writer’s Poll where Penny Ikinger was also named as Top 4 Artist of the Year.
Penny's unique history and music was the subject of a documentary called ‘ELECTRA: THE MUSIC OF PENNY IKINGER’ in which Penny is interviewed by Chrissy Amphlett (Divinyls). Other musicians from Penny’s past including Kim Salmon, Charlie Owen, Deniz Tek, Clare Moore and Louis Tillett also appear in the film. ‘Electra: The Music of Penny Ikinger’ was directed by Rachael Lucas (Burlesque Productions) and featured in the 2007 St Kilda Film Festival (Melbourne, Australia).
Penny is well known in Australia for her career as a guitarist with Wet Taxis and Louis Tillett. She has also performed and recorded with artists such as Kim Salmon, Deniz Tek, and Sacred Cowboys and her discography and touring history is extensive.
"Toe-nail polish and noise guitar. Sexy silvery sandals and breathy, twisting and turning vocals. I bet they stare at her guitar and worship at her feet back in her native Australia..." SALLY GREEN, Mohair Sweets (USA)
"Stunning … dense with thick, distorted chords and swampy moans, but with graceful, delicate moments as well, the disc is primal, raw and gut-wrenching…" SHAWN CONNER, Georgia Straight (Canada)
SOLO RECORDINGS (as singer/songwriter/guitarist):
Penelope Penny Ikinger Citadel (Australia) 2010
Fragile Penny Ikinger EP 2009
Electra Penny Ikinger LP Career Records (USA) CD 2003/ Bang! Records (Spain) Vinyl 2006
Songs from the Deep Penny Ikinger EP 2001
Bondi Tsunami Various Artists 2004 Burlesque Productions (Aust) DVD/CD
Where the DJs Roam Various Artists 2009 KRL Productions (USA) DVD
A comprehensive list of recordings as a guitarist with various bands can be found at the website discography.
For more information: www.pennyikinger.com