The band consists of Harry Bird (Lead Vocals/Rhythm guitar), Jack Clinton (Drums/Backing Vox), Adam Barbery (Bass/Backing Vox) and Ed Perkin (Lead Guitar).
Harry, Jack and Adam all went to school together in Newquay whilst Ed, who’s originally from Bristol, moved to Newquay a few years ago and completes the band. Penny Eyes was formed in late 2018, when the boys got together for a long overdue catch up and jam, and things have accelerated from there.
In early April 2019 the band released their self-funded debut EP ‘Bad When It’s Good’ consisting of four original songs across all streaming platforms. (Break Free, Bad When It’s Good, Body Moves & Real This Time). The response was overwhelming, with plays on BBC introducing and local radio, with ‘Real This Time’ being featured as the BBC introducing Devon and Cornwall ‘fav find’ of the week.
Penny Eyes officially launched the EP with a live gig in the boys’ hometown at Newquay’s ‘Dead Famous’, and the response blew them away. People were being turned away at the door and this level of support from fans has continued.
To coincide with the EP launch, Penny Eyes filmed and produced their own music video for ‘Break Free’ and a live session for ‘Real This Time’.
Throughout summer 2019 the boys played at some fantastic gigs and festivals, from the iconic Louisiana in Bristol, to BBC introducing stages, and a performance in London put on by the man behind Oasis and Primal Scream – Alan McGee.
In September 2019 the band launched their second EP ‘How Do You Feel?’, consisting of another four original songs (How Do You Feel?, The Gardens, The Story and Set It Off). Accompanied by a new self-made music video for ‘How Do You Feel?’ the songs were all featured on BBC introducing, described as “treading the fine line between infuriatingly catchy and really soulful” as well as the title track being played multiple times on BBC Radio London.
Now into 2020, the band have already leapt out of the starting blocks, having recorded two brand new singles ready for release in Spring this year, as well playing their first gig of the year supporting iconic frontman of the Happy Mondays, Shaun Ryder, at the Frome stop of his Q&A tour. Our aim this year is to tour areas of London, the north and southwest UK, building an army of followers both nationwide and across all of the southwest!