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Penicillin Baby

Penicillin Baby Release Single "Stick It Out"

Feeling a little feverish? We got some new Penicillin Baby to cure what ails you. These guys are all action for 2015. They're just finishing up their new album and are currently on a spring jaunt across the Southeast that has not one but TWO hometown shows: March 11th at Mercy Lounge with Gunther Doug and Chrome Pony, and March 23rd at Queen Art Collective with Ava Luna, Body of Light, and Lala Lala. Check out their awesome new jam "Stick It Out" that just dropped yesterday. We feel high and sunburnt just listening to that surfy guitar dance amid all of that fuzz. We've heard unspecified rumors of "big things" coming from these guys "soon," so consider out interest piqued. However, if its a concept album that syncs up with an arthouse flick from the 70's...we're out. This town is too small. -Terra James-Jura



Show Alert: Penicillin Baby at the 5-Spot 8.29

It's been a minute since Penicillin Baby showed their psychedelic skin on a Nashville stage; as in, almost two months. This is not to say that slice of summer was not occupied with tours and studio time. In fact, this blitzkrieg of activity has been the status quo for the foursome since the release of their debut 7" in May.  The band managed work on a full-length album and put a few miles on their van playing to hipster masses from Kentucky to New York, who seem to have the same appetite for slightly skewed trip-pop as Nashville does.  Friday's show at the 5-Spot is the start of a string of Tennessee shows, though not all dates can boast a lineup with the likes of Canadians-on-eternal-summer-holiday (do they call it 'holiday' up there?) Shark Week, slacker-rock-revivalists Sundonistas and Laurel Canyon mutts Bear in the Campsite.  The show starts at 9, and cover is $5.  Below is the video for their seasonally-appropriate ode to wasted time "Not Getting Any Younger." -Terra James-Jura



Local Band Takes Creativity on The Road, Part 1

A couple weekends ago, Deli writer Dh Wright went out on the road with Nashville’s all-instrumental Deep Machine and wrote about their travels. Due to the narrative’s length, we decided to split this one up, so stay tuned in the coming week for more of Wright’s account…

The ship hovers toward Chattanooga; there was a procedure to make sure that we had enough oil and coolant to keep the van afloat for a few hundred miles south to Chattanooga, Montevallo, AL and back. Without a spare tire we were moving luck aside for leg room and positive karma. We were leaving behind the Land of Manson, miles outside of the city where he said he would return to Woodbury whenever he gets out – he might even be there already.

I was traveling with Nashville’s Deep Machine for a story about redemption, fame and the pursuit of success through touring and whether it was possible to survive off gigs alone, or so I thought. The story took unexpected turns as the opportunity to survive on creativity comes with a cost.

I remember the days when going to an instrumental show only happened with enough drugs to embrace the lights and scene and not run away from it all, but Deep Machine is different and this difference drew me to the trip. The band's genre is pure instrumental, with contemporary influences like Fleet Foxes, Phillip Glass, Tool and The Fugees, to the classical and jazz influences of John Coltrane and Miles Davis.

We were out of Nashville. Away from the cynics who had abandoned the city for Austin, TX. Moving down the state line tugboating a trailer of musical equipment, most of which had experienced each and every venue in Nashville. I had known the band before, mostly from the perimeters of catching late night sets among the tranced-out refugees escaping university boredom. Brennan Walsh , Ben Crannel, and Brian Cline I had seen before, but Zack Bowden was new to the band. Brennan played in Thief, a rock ‘n’ roll tantrum with classic rock and psychedelic/experimental sound. Thief played most everywhere in the mid-state during the past few years. Crannel had played in other bands that mostly toured the college town of Murfreesboro, TN, where Deep Machine formed. The story begins that each had a gig the same night and in between sets Walsh, the guitar player of Thief, and Crannel, the drummer of Childhood TV Stars took up their instruments in between sets and Deep Machine was formed. Brian joined after moving into town from Oklahoma with friend Jon Conant of Penicillin Baby to attend the recording program at MTSU. Brian was a natural fit in the band. And Bowden is fresh and already in the pocket, the way all bass players should be.


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