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Baby I'm Against It

by Pennyroyal

Hard to peg, easy to love.
Genre: Rock: Rock & Roll
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1. M List
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2. Crossing Bridges
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3. Go Quiet
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4. Record Machine
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5. Did You Really Mean It
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6. Last I Had
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7. Dallas
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8. Pennyroyal
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9. Broken Wheel
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10. An Official Statement
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11. Love Song to Wingo
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12. Baby I'm Against It
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Minneapolis’ own Pennyroyal is best known for the virtuosic, country-tinged vocal
performances of frontwoman Angie Oase and her harmonica duels with co-songwriter Ethan
Rutherford. The band’s origins lie in a South Minneapolis cafe where Oase was performing
an acoustic set and Rutherford, alerted by a mutual friend, came to hear her cover one of his
songs from a CD passed among friends. This fortuitous meeting blossomed into a full-band
lineup, incorporating rhythm section William Hoben and Jake Mohan, and gained a small but
loyal following upon the release of its debut LP, Sad Face/Glad Face, which Star-Tribune
music critic Chris Riemenschneider named “one of the best releases of 2011 (so far).”
Sad Face/Glad Face was promptly followed by Places, a 5-song EP. Closing track “Minot,” an
ode to Oase’s hometown, became a live anthem, and the band donated proceeds from
digital sales of the song to North Dakota flood-relief efforts during the spring of 2012.
The band kicked off 2013 by heading into Minneapolis’ legendary Flower Studios to record
their sophomore album with Ed Ackerson (Polara, BNLX), who masterfully shaped Oase and
Rutherford’s compositions into a formidable song cycle examining themes of breakup and
dislocation. These ideas gained resonance when Rutherford made the difficult decision to
move to Ohio, and the band faced a critical turning point. Guitarist Brian Cameron was
brought aboard to help with the transition, with Rutherford returning to play shows
whenever possible.
The band is proud to release Baby I’m Against It on vinyl, honoring the raw and often stark
musical landscape the album occupies. But its sound is by no means minimalist: opener “M
List” and the feverish “An Official Statement” (a reworking of Sad Face/Glad Face’s “Heroin”)
incorporate droning instrumental passages, electronic loops, and walls of guitar. “Did You
Really Mean It” and “Last I Had” are aching ballads, “Go Quiet” and “Crossing Bridges” flirt
with dance, and “Record Machine” and “Pennyroyal” show the band’s more playful,
exuberant side. “Dallas” and “Baby I’m Against It” are short, wistful expressions of doubt and
pleading, dissipating almost too soon.
Pennyroyal will release Baby I’m Against It with a hometown show in late 2013, a vinyl
pressing and digital sales, and a limited run of pink vinyl LPs distributed to supporters of its
Kickstarter campaign. Lead single “Record Machine” is hitting the airwaves now, with a 2014
tour set to break the band nationally.
Press:
“A band that's hard to peg but easy to appreciate … one of the best new local bands… raw,
echoey and vaguely Americana-flavored rock that's elegant or gritty as it wants to be." (Chris
Reimenschneider, Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
“Like a highly evolved, adaptive, beast of music, Pennyroyal puts a glam spin on the rock 'n'
roll blues sound… Oase leads the charge onto the gates of musical heaven” (Secrets of the
City)
“Pennyroyal [comes] awfully close to stealing the whole show with their effervescent,
energetic indie pop." (Ira Brooker, mnartists.org)
“What intrigued me most about their performance was the versatility and eclecticisim of
genre-hopping they brought to the stage.” (Warren Willis, City Pages)

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