Sounds Like? …If Bad Brains, Bob Marley, Lee Scratch Perry, Sublime and Social Distortion had a mutant child
Over seventeen years, hundreds of shows, a stint (and album) with Suburban Noize Records(with Kottonmouth Kings, Unwritten Law, Authority Zero, Hed PE, Mickey Avalon, etc.) and thousands of sold cd’s later, the Penetrators are still active. They place a high emphasis on live performances more so than recorded material, to the delight of an ever-growing fan base, and are known for their high energy stage presence and spontaneous improvisational performances that captivate their fans. They are known to rarely ever hit the stage with an actual “set-list”, and instead rely on feeling the vibes of the crowd/venue they are performing to feel out “what song is next”. It is a very similar approach to the live performances of the Grateful Dead without set-lists, albeit sounding nothing like GD. The successful “Beaver Country”, “Addicted” and “Tales From Dirty Jersey” albums have sold thousands of copies, and their music is heard in 20 countries from Brazil to Germany to Australia. They have shared the stage with the likes of Bouncing Souls, The Descendents, Burning Spear, Fishbone, Pepper, Eek-A-Mouse, Skunk Records’ Slightly Stoopid, The English Beat, Third World, Yellowman and The Wailers, just to name a few, and have earned close to a half dozen awards at the Asbury Music Awards including “Best Punk/Ska Band” several times..
The successful first 3 full-length releases Beaver Country, Addicted and Tales From Dirty Jersey (all can be found on iTunes store) have sold thousands of copies each, and their music is heard in about 20 countries from the rockin’ shores of Brazil to the bumpin’ beaches down under in Australia. There latest CD Tales from Dirty Jersey proves to be the best one yet. Besides playing some large festival shows like Bamboozle, they have shared the stage with the likes of Dick Dale, Third World, Bouncing Souls, The Descendents, Face to Face, Murphy’s Law, Burning Spear, Eek-A-Mouse, Culture, Pepper, Slightly Stoopid, The Toasters, Bigger Thomas, the legendary Wailers and too many more to list, Barry and his crew of kinetically charged musicians take you for one hell of a ride.
The original formation of the group was loosely established within the now-defunct Casino Skate Park in [[Asbury Park, NJ]] where Peterson had worked and of which Sisom and Schaefer were regulars. Upon finding out each other were musicians by chance, the seed of the band was then formed, and subsequently named by their good friend Darin O’Brien. Sisom and Schaefer by that point were already experienced band musicians: Sisom having played role of guitarist for Past Pluto and Tenpenny, Schaefer the former bassist of the All City Creepers and The Kind (and currently also in Hot Blood) and owner of Word Of Mouth Studios who produced many Jersey Shore bands. They then called upon fellow Jersey Shore Musician and former drummer of the very popular NJ band [[Psykadelic Oven Mit]] Eric Porcaro to complete the rhythm section followed by the joining of keyboardist and wife of singer, Jeanna Peterson. With that lineup the original band was formed. Since their formation, they have had several drummers (Nick Marini been with B&TP for over 8 years now), and even a few guitarists from between 2006-2009 (Corey Genthe, Mike Marra) when guitarist Mark Sisom went on hiatus from the band to persue a full time creative director position in NYC. Amidst company-wide layoffs, Sisom was released from his position in 2009 of which he was asked to perform a series of gigs that spring upon Genthe’s leave from band, and has remained back in his full time position of guitarist since.
Barry and the Penetrators may rock you. They may soothe you or entice you to riot. But they will always surprise you. Their latest album, not yet titled, is due to be released in summer/fall 2012. Until then, don’t miss a chance to see the band that grew up in Springsteens’ backyard but decided to punk it up, dub it up, and skank it up, rock-Rasta style.
Our album “Tales From Dirty Jersey” at Suburban Noize records: http://www.suburbannoizerecords.com/?page=album/view/122
All 3 albums at iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/barry-and-the-penetrators/id314347566