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In 2014, four mostly innocent men were sentenced to Donkey Island Penitentiary for crimes they definitely committed.  They promptly escaped to the Los Angeles Underground, where they survive as a fuzz-harmonica driven punk blues band.  Big Dave, Vincent, Alejandro and Miguel play aggressive tributes to time travel, vigilante justice, and deals with devils as they continue to evade the law. 

Big Dave spent a month in a coma, and as he lay in the hospital his mind became unstuck in time. When he woke up he told Alejandro and Vincent of his strangely vivid dreams, fighting injustice and regret across different planes of consciousness.  With Miguel, they are a fearsome foursome of guitars, drums, bass and harmonica.  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 anticipation of their upcoming second EP, "Escape From...", the Donkeys released "Shoot You Down", a tale of fatherly vengeance that's part outlaw country, part Detroit punk, and already playing on Los Angeles college radio.

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

Band Members

Vocals, Harmonica / Dave Perea
Guitar / Alejandro Speranza
Bass / Miguel Vasquez
Drums / Vincent Perea



Sounds Like

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
The Black Keys

Digital Release

iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc.

Shoot You Down
Password: 100years

One Sheet

Exile One-Sheet 1.12 MB

on the web



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Shoot You Down

by Donkey Island Penitentiary

Exile on 4th Street

by Donkey Island Penitentiary

Band Photos