Preaching From the Pews: Pengilly’s

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Pengilly’s craft melodies from a mess of noise, combining “orchestral arrangements with beats, shouts and inventive verse”. Frequently referred to as ‘folktronica’, they pick up the pace where Jeremy Warmsley left off, writing sombre and often bitterly haunting tunes with traditional, acoustic instrumentation. Neither ‘rousing’ indie nor through-and-through prog, their music grasps at new ground for the British music industry. Put simply Pengilly’s aren’t just talented; they’re unique.

Front man, founding member and sometimes-Emmy the Great contributor Ric Hollingberry first started to play under the pseudonym of Pengilly’s several years ago. Recently joined by six further members, the band released their debut EP Toby’s Hill at the end of last year. It followed a handful of much cherished bedroom demos, including “Mister Punch and Thomas Moore” and “Doris Is Dead”, which gained Pengilly’s early critical acclaim online.

They’ll announce details of a new EP – due out at the end of September – later on in the month. Watch their video for lead track “Toby’s Hill” below.


God is in the TV is an online music and culture fanzine founded in Cardiff by the editor Bill Cummings in 2003. GIITTV Bill has developed the site with the aid of a team of sub-editors and writers from across Britain, covering a wide range of music from unsigned and independent artists to major releases.