Penny Shades New Single “Hard Lines” Is Out Now!

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Penny Shades To Release Their New EP “EP 2” on June 7

Penny Shades, hailing from Nelson BC, is a vibrant neo/alt soul quartet ensemble renowned for their original music. Characterized by mesmerizing 3-part harmonies, electrifying lead vocals, and contemporary grooves infused with a touch of psychedelic allure.
Sometimes it’s the most devastating moments that force you to consider who you are, where you stand, and where you need to go in order to stay true. For Penny Shades frontwoman Sarah Orton, the pivotal moment was the freak-accident Nelson Flood that drowned the basement music studio that she, her partner, and four other bands shared under five hundred gallons of water.
“Hardlines was written when the band was going through changes, which probably opened us to trying out new ideas, so we started experimenting with new sounds and approaches in our jam sessions. It still sounded like Penny Shades, but it was something different; I’m glad we rolled with it. “ – Ness Benamran (Drums/Vocals)

The band launched with their debut FACTOR-funded EP during the pandemic and have already found themselves sharing major stages, including Nelson’s International Mural Festival and the Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival. Their latest single ‘Way Back’ marked their CBC radio debut with plays across multiple programs and was featured by Exclaim! on both their Best New Canadian Music Spotify playlist and Show & Tell column.

Led by vocalist Sarah Orton, alongside guitarist Jesse Lee, keys/synth Jeremy Sauer, and drummer Ness Benamran, the group is gearing up for a Creative BC-supported second EP release in June 2024.

Upcoming shows

June 12 – The Royal – Nelson BC

June 13 – B&T’s Hard Knock Cafe – Rossland BC

July 7 – Starbelly Jam Music Festival – Crawford Bay BC

August 2-4 Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival – Kaslo BC


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