"It?s not easy being a Greek god, especially in this day and age," mutters Apollo. The truth is, the last two-and-a-half millennia have been rough-and-tumble for the keeper of the arts. "I?ve been in a funk- an existential ?writers block?, if you will." Since Hesiod introduced him to the Greeks in 718 B.C.E. he has found it difficult to truly manifest his mastery of harmony and order into the arts, and because of this, began to develop a bad-rap with his subordinates. "First, they built me temples, like Delphi. Then, they began to lose interest and constructed statues which didn?t even look like me! Now, I?m lucky if I see my name pop-up in a book about ancient mythology...ancient? mythology?."
Apollo realized that his popularity seemed to run in cycles so he decided to leave Greece and try to gain support throughout the rest of the world. So, in 1603, he submitted some of his work to a young poet named William Shakespeare. "I had a great idea for a tragic play called Hamlet, so I had my agent, Daphne, get in touch with him. He loved it, and it got my name back out there for a while." Hamlet was a great success and Apollo took the next four centuries off to entertain ideas for his next work. "I wanted to do something different," Apollo prates, "so I decided to take the next step and write a tragic play set to music."
For this endeavor, he headed to the United States to find a contemporary band that he thought could fill the role. He happened upon a band from Boston, Massachusetts called Pennyred and decided that they were what he was looking for. "They have a unique sound. It?s somewhat of a Foo Fighters and Our Lady Peace blend, but more youthfully energetic and modern. I knew that they would work perfectly." Apollo wrote the script of the play, which is based on his demised relationship with Saturn as she left him and Greece for the excitement of the new Roman Empire.
"Our album is actually a satire of a tragic play based on my own personal experiences," Daniel Bon explains, with a contagious grin, while describing the concept behind their debut album. Pennyred has been in the Boston music scene for the past three years. "We like to consider ourselves energeti?charismatic-rock" says Bon, "you can feel it on the album, and see it when we play." The three founding members, Daniel Bon (vocals, guitar), Andy Vallario (bass), and Dan Milone (guitar) grew up together, and learned their respective instruments together. "It?s great because we?ve been writing together our whole lives, so we all compliment one another really well," says Vallario. "You can?t really tell who wrote what, because it?s all just Pennyred."
In May of 2004, the band, auditioned several drummers for the newly vacated spot. "I couldn?t believe what a perfect fit Marc (Sherman) was," explains Milone, "it was like he was in the band from the start." With the lineup complete, Pennyred started recording their debut album in August of 2004. "We wanted to write an album that is different from everything else that is out there now," says Bon. So, they decided to write their album as a tragic play. The lyrics of the album are a constant dialog between the Greek god Apollo and the Roman goddess Saturn. It is a fictional story about a love gone awry. "It?s something that everyone can relate to because we?ve all had these ?tragic? experiences," says Bon. The album chronicles Saturn?s departure from Greece to Rome, and Apollo?s inability to cope with the loss. "It?s a pretty easy concept to follow," Sherman adds, "that?s what I love about it- it can be just a rock album if you want it to be, or it can be something much more."
Since its release on April 04, 2005, Pennyred has experienced success in both album sales and performance attendance. In less than a half-year Pennyred has sold over 1,000 copies of their album and have headlined such Boston venues as The Middle East (Downstairs and Upstairs), and TT the Bears Place. With each live performance, Pennyred broadens the creative gap between themselves and the rest of Boston?s artists. Their energetic presence and retrospectacular light show are only reminiscent of early concept performers. "In today?s music scene everyone is too concerned about fitting in, and forget that music and performance are about creativity," says Bon. "We?re trying to bring that passion and excitement back into music."