COSMIC ROUNDUP: LUKE PENNY OF GLIB & SHISHÚ
In South Wales, there is a younger much cooler group of people collectively known as 'Hotel De Marl' putting on amazing gigs. I've discovered so many class acts by attending a few, such as Powerplant and Terra Soror. Luke is part of this collective and also plays in great bands like Glib, Shishū and Trophic Cascade. He lives and breathes the DIY ethos and having someone like this contributing to the local scene is most fucking awesome. Here's what he thought of 2019.
Hi Luke, how are you?
I’m good thank you.
You’re in two fairly new bands, Glib and Shishū who are playing regularly. Can you tell us a bit more about each band and how they came out?
Yea, myself and the drummer of Glib Reid used to live together and during that time we were listening to a lot of the same music and playing and writing. The first of those songs were used in a band called Peril, and after that broke up we wrote a load of new ones and re worked some songs originally meant for Peril and that formed Glib. We played our first show about a year ago with Lux and Ll Làgrima. We’ve just finished an ep coming out soon. The more we’ve done this band the more inspired by fast/weird 80s DC stuff we’ve become so expect that.
Shishū was started by my friend Jo who asked me to play guitar. They’ve written songs inspired by Rudimentary Peni, Die Kreuzen with some mid tempo hardcore in there. We were originally called Death Stench but received a cease and desist from some keyboard warrior in the US. He managed to take our Bandcamp down and after a while it just felt easier to change our name. Think we’re either calling the LP ‘cease and desist’ or at least a tune on there. We’ve been playing for a year and a couple of months.
Both bands toured together earlier in the year. How was that? Any highlights?
Yea it was great, just a little weekender but it’s nice the bands are connected. One of the highlights was a squat show in an old office next to Finsbury Park station. Think it was put on by Lads Collective. We got an unopened can of beer chucked at us during our set, fortunately it didn’t strike anyone in the head.
You are part of the ‘Hotel de Marl’ collective. Tell us a bit more about that. Who is involved? What’s the history? What have you got lined up for next year?
Hotel de Marl began as a DIY space for Cardiff. At that time I hadn’t been involved in it very long – people have been searching for a space for a long time, especially since The Abacus closed (an artist run venue and gallery in Cardiff). Once a space was found in Grangetown it was named Hotel de Marl due to the local history where in Victorian times gentlemen’s open air drinking clubs were formed on Sundays – one of which was called Hotel de Marl.
Unfortunately due to safety reasons we had to leave the space – Hotel de Marl now mainly acts as a collective putting on punk and DIY shows with an irregular zine. Got some upcoming shows we’re really excited about but unfortunately cannot announce at time of writing...
Who are your favourite local acts around South Wales/Bristol that we should be keeping an eye on?
S. Wales; Beauty Parlour, Private World, Asidhara, Ordeal by Roses – quite a mix of genres but that is how it often is in S. Wales at the minute.
What was the best gig you played in 2019?
I think my favourite was actually playing with Fatamorgana in Cardiff. I’m also involved in a dark wave project called Trophic Cascade who supported, we play very little, but I really enjoy it when we do.
Best gig you attended?
Hank Wood and the Hammerheads.
What are your favourite releases from 2019?
Pinocchio – s/t EP
Maladia – Demo
L.O.T.I.O.N – World Wide W.E.B.
Sheer Mag – A Distant Call
Hygiene – Private Sector
Little Simz – GREY Area
Jenny Hval – The Practice of Love
Fatamorgana – Terra Alta
There’s more but hey
What the hell are you up to next year?
Hopefully getting a new band of the ground I’ve been working on the past couple of months – think it’s gunna be called ‘Can Kicker’… Touring with Glib early in the new year and later with Shishū.
Photo by Steve Bell, Luke is in the foreground
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