EP Review: Penny Mob – Party Animal

Penny Mob are a three piece indie rock outfit, it was formed in London in 2016 by Glaswegian Vocalist/Guitarist, Jamie Quinn and Lincolnshire Vocalist/Drummer, Andrew Mullan. They fleshed out their sound with the addition of Vocalist/Bassist, Jay Luther. I was already familiar with Jamie Quinn because I was a fan of his acting, specifically his roles in Still Game and Bluestone 42 but getting to know the other guys through their music was an added bonus. Today I will be reviewing their debut EP ‘Party Animal’ which was released on 15th July 2022. 

‘Party Animal’ kicks off with a heavy fusion of percussion and strings before Quinn kicks in, and I wasn’t sure what to expect from him vocally, but not only does his accent work really well within the context of the music, but he has a melodic twang that really adds a lot to the performance. I love the energy and the personality of the track. Quinn really suits this high energy, vocal driven music and you just get caught up in this track, from the catchy hooks and tight chorus, to the reference filled bridge and pre-chorus sections. Overall it’s a very strong track, and equally a fantastic introduction to both the band and EP.

‘Back in the Day’ slows things just a touch, and again I really liked Quinn’s vocals. Not only does this track give him more opportunity to test and flex his vocal range, but also his strong Scottish accent really nails this performance, and you feel the genuine and heartfelt nature of the overall track. He’s backed up superbly by the strong instrumental performance of his bandmates. 

‘Revolution’ explodes forward, almost jarring after the previous entry, Quinn hammers forward with his furious punk infused vocals, and the heavy percussive beat really supports the track, adding structure and weight to the melody. I liked the harmonious vocals, they really contributed to the track, and overall this is a high energy, passionate and powerful track that really just captures you and keeps your attention to the last moment. It’s super close as I absolutely loved the last track, but this one just narrowly takes the top slot for my personal favourite track on the EP.

‘Simpler Times’ has a lot of energy, but is a little more contained than the previous track. It’s got a nice momentum, and whereas the previous track was very percussion dominated, this one lets the strings shine a little more. I also want to compliment the group for trying a few different things throughout the EP, each track thus far has a different feel and yet they all work together really well. 

‘Just Another Love Song (Demo)’ again does something a little different, it’s soft and piano infused and gives Quinn another opportunity to really show the range and versatility of their vocals. It’s a really nice track to finish things up with, its softer, more melodic beat helps you unwind after what has been a really strong debut EP. 

So that’s what I thought of Penny Mob’s EP ‘Party Animal’ and if you want to check that out for yourself then head on over to Spotify. While you’re at it, make sure and support the band by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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