PPL Record Release

PPL Record Release

Champagne Sequins, The Morgues

Wed, May 24, 2017

8:00 pm

Union Pool

Brooklyn, NY

$10.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

PPL
PPL
Formed in the spring of 2015, PPL is a three-piece rock band from New York City. Founding members Bryan Cerenzio and Robert Balleras are California transplants who’ve been playing music together since they were in college. After spending several years playing in different iterations of bands that eventually fell apart, it wasn’t until the two eventually joined forces with drummer Jeff Hunt that the project began to take on a serious life of it’s own. “After we found out he was interested in playing with us we sent Jeff some rough recordings of a few songs,” recalls Cerenzio. “We were very nervous about him coming in because we are extremely particular about how we wanted to sound. Jeff showed up, sat down on the drums and ripped through the first song perfectly. We instantly knew he was the perfect fit.”

Citing everything from The Simpsons and The Los Angeles Dodgers as influences, the sounds made by PPL tread a fine line between noise and melody, recalling bands like Sugar, or 90’s alt-rock stalwarts like Swervedriver and Jawbreaker. “We’re like Creation Records meets SST,” says Balleras, “Or if My Bloody Valentine had a Weezer lookin’ baby.” Cerenzio concurs, “Our sound is basically like if Dinosaur JR didn’t rip solos in every song.”

The band currently records with producer and engineer Jim Heffernan TTO Studios, located in the iconic Pencil Factory building in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It was here in their rehearsal space that they recorded two EPs—People and Post Personality Loss —which show an amazing amount of melodic polish, particularly for a band that’s been together just over a year. Of these recordings everyone shouts out standout track “Thanksgiving” as a particularly good example of just how far they have come. “This is one of the first two songs we ever wrote and recorded,” says Balleras, “Initial versions of the song had a very minimal sound—it was Bryan playing guitar/singing and me just barely getting by on the drums. When Jeff started jamming with us, the song turned into this heavy, sludgy 90s vibe that felt really good. I guess it was one of the early songs that made me feel like the three of us were actually a band.”

“It’s true,” says Cerenzio. “It was our first time together in the studio and we had no idea what was going to happen. The end result was far better than we could have expected and made us all so excited to continue working together. It's pretty much the best feeling in the world.
Champagne Sequins
Champagne Sequins
The Morgues
David King, Manny Soares, Jared Blankenship. Recordings with Stephen Grywalski, Daniel Lewis, Mathew Petronelli, Amanda Tannen, Asher Simon
Venue Information:
Union Pool
484 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
http://www.union-pool.com/