All Points Bulletin
To evade law enforcement, Big Dave, Alejandro and Vincent, the escaped inmates of Donkey Island Penitentiary, hid out in the Los Angeles Underground and formed a harmonica driven Rock & Roll band. A record of their escape, their previous crimes, and Big Dave’s hallucinations while doing time in the hole has been discovered. They’ve been crafting their songs in secret. Now is the time for their escape! Now is the time for DONKEY ISLAND PENITENTIARY.
Donkey Island Penitentiary is the sound of garage, punk and science fiction, filtered through the blues, while Big Dave growls dreamy lyrics about his nightmares. In 2014, Big Dave spent a month in a coma, and as he lay dying his mind became unstuck in time. Upon waking, he told Alejandro and Vincent of his strangely vivid dreams: time travel, deals with devils, vigilante justice, and regret across different planes of consciousness. Once he relearned to walk, the Donkeys got to work.
Donkey Island Penitentiary
In support of their two previously released EPs, EXILE ON 4TH STREET and ESCAPE FROM… They've played across Southern California, from the deserts of Joshua Tree, to the Whatever68 Festival in San Diego, to the main stage of the infamous Viper Room. Along the way, they’ve competed in the Battle for the Vans Warped Tour and headlined the international YouBloom Music Summit and Festival. They've also been featured on Southern California College Radio, and even made the Locals Only Show on KLOS, 95.5fm.
Donkey Island Penitentiary is available for festivals, opening slots and headlining gigs in 2019. Catch us if you can!
Escape from... (ep)
"I cannot forget "Escape from D.I.P." which makes me picture a prison break, literally--or maybe I'm on my horse trying to cross the desert--you got to listen for yourself."
-Marvin Vasquez - Threat of Joy
Some music is made for dancing in wild abandon and 'Shoot You Down' you down is a case in point."
-Tim Whale, Emerging Indie Bands
"It’s old school and dramatic, the classic spaghetti-western soundtrack as always, perfectly produced and perfectly delivered. "
-Bethany Jinks, Musically Fresh
Exile on 4th Street (EP)
"The music as a whole is unique... The songs become hypnotic, sci-fi and weird, but then the melodies and subtleties bring it all back to very cool"
- Pierce Brochetti, Music Connection Magazine
"Their Punk and Blues cross-over with it’s Latin roots, tells tales of vigilante justice, deals with the devil and time travel and is nothing short of fantastic and If I’m honest, I’m a little bit in love with it."
- Bethany Jinks, Musically Fresh
"Our personal favorite is "Going Down" on Track 5, a slower moving song that will yank at your heart while you are tapping your toes and rolling to its classical blues rock beat."
- Coming Up Music Magazine
Vocals, Harmonica / Dave Perea
Guitar / Alejandro Speranza
Drums / Vincent Perea
On “Donkey Island Penitentiary” LP
Bass / Miguel Vasquez Jr
Bass / Carlos Costa
Guirat / Alejandro Monfort
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
The Black Keys
Shoot You Down
on the web
DAVE PEREA | (626) 278-5433 | DONKEYISLANDPEN@GMAIL.COM