The Penny Black Remedy are a european band based in London, UK. They play a brand of ska, upbeat rock/skiffle/rockabilly, that is infectious and a joy to witness. They have been described as ‘gypsy punk’, and although there are some similarities to Gogol Bordello, that is probably only partially true.
I first saw them at the Larmer Tree festival last summer. The first opening chord grabbed my attention immediately, the luscious sound of a Gretsch guitar through a Fender reverb amp sounded just heavenly to my ear (the one that still partially works).
Great uplifting tunes with wry and witty lyrics, wonderful harmonies, backed up with a solid rhythm section and spats of saxophone, induce a desire to dance and jig the night away.
If you hear of them gigging in your area, take some time to check them out.