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Penumbrae, a Detroit-area sextet that plays melodic, acoustic-based rock, recently finished their debut full-length release, "One Way Drive," released on Third Monk Records in May 2005. "All This Time," and "Headbox" have received airplay in Detroit on WQKL107.1FM, WHFR89.3FM and WSDP88.1FM.
The group originated in 2002 as a duo, with main composer Lance Alan on acoustic guitar and singer Lish providing vocals. Lish, whose background includes formal choral training and appearances in regional musical and dramatic productions, took center stage as her clear, commanding vocals carried the guitar compositions to their height. By 2004, the group had expanded to a full quintet, allowing Penumbrae to fully realize their sound: tightly structured, melody-driven adult alternative rock fleshed out by a range of warm instrumentation. The group recently expanded again to a sextet, adding Tim Howitt on guitar and percussion.
In August 2004, Penumbrae began working with Third Monk Records' producer/engineer Jeff Robinson (Toad the Wet Sprocket, American Music Club, The Rembrandts) on One Way Drive. Recording commenced at Ferndale's famed Tempermill Studios in September and finished in the spring of 2005. To retain the depth and warmth of their live sound, Robinson and the band recorded the basic tracks on analog tape, overdubbing digitally and then mixing down to analog masters.
The record reveals the group fully formed, it's mature, emotional lyricism coupled with high-level musicianship. Evident throughout the material is a cohesive band vibe - a group with strong chemistry among the musicians. On top of this, Lish's soaring, polished vocals guide the listener through the work's tight rock songs and emotional ballads. With large crossover potential, One Way Drive will appeal not only to AAA rock music fans, but also to Americana and country folk listeners.
"The first time I heard Penumbrae, I knew I had discovered something special. I look forward to playing every track I can get my hands on."
"This girl can sing beautifully... It would definitely be a treat to hear them again."