PennyCocks are a young band from Barcelona that got together in 2009, even though they look like they could have come out of any of London’s dark alleys at the end of the 70’s. Young and loose tongued, their explosive rascals. And classical ones. With those guitars that remind you of the Chiswick Records sound, they shoot furious melodies, imperfect and as addictive as amphetamines.Their strangled voices tell us what its like to be young in a city like Barcelona. You’ll find overflowing arrogance and juvenile fury joint with a goodsense of humour and a cocky attitude in every note of their songs. Their strangled voices talk of how they have just reached their youth and how they have left behind their teenage years. You won’t find deception on their faces, no traces of betrayal or suffering, nothing showing us they are about to give up: Their features are tense, shiny and polished. Young. Punk rock has to be young; this is, maybe, its only demand, a solitary law. You can have tentacles, purple skin with yellow dots, you may be missing a foot; but punk rock will open up its arms and let you stay. Poor, rich, blind, clever, stupid or from Barcelona; it doesn’t matter, as long as you are YOUNG. About the Young idea, they would sing. The first thing, is to be young, and burn that youth; waste it: that’s what it’s for. One of Penny Cocks songs actually talks of that: “Burning down my youth”. The message has no double meaning, no metaphors. What it is, it is.
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