Electronic Press Kit
In 2014, Big Dave spent a month in a coma, and as he lay dying his mind became unstuck in time. When he woke up, he told Alejandro and Vincent of his strangely vivid dreams: time travel, deals with devils, vigilante justice, and regret across different planes of consciousness. When Dave could walk again they got to work, and with Miguel, they are a fearsome foursome of guitars, drums, bass and harmonica.
The name, Donkey Island Penitentiary, is a play on "Pleasure Island" from Pinocchio, where bad little boys drank too much, smoked too much and turned into asses; it's what happens when you party too much. There is always a cost.
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. They have been crafting their songs in secret. Now is the time for their big escape.
Catch them if you can.
Shoot You Down (Single)
"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
Bass / Miguel Vasquez
Drums / Vincent Perea
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
The Black Keys
Shoot You Down
Exile One-Sheet 1.12 MB
on the web
DAVE PEREA | (626) 278-5433 | DONKEYISLANDPEN@GMAIL.COM