Alden Penner performing with Clues
|Also known as||Alden Ginger|
12 January 1983 |
Loretteville, Quebec, Canada
|Instruments||Vocals, electric guitar, bass guitar, keyboard|
Art School Dropout
Caterpillars of the Community
Beep! Beep! Back Up the Truck
|Associated acts||Poor Alexander
All Makes Parts & Collision
The Hidden Words
Clues at Constellation Records
Penner is additionally known in the indie music community as the founder and sometimes, owner of indie record labels in addition to producing and sometimes performing on the albums of the artists he is producing.
Penner formed The Unicorns with Nicholas Thorburn in 2000. Shortly after forming, the band created a demo, entitled Three Inches of Blood, which they gave to owners of the venues where they played. They then officially released their first album Unicorns Are People Too on their own label, Caterpillars of the Community.
Penner released a 7" vinyl single on the Melbourne-based Art School Dropout label. The A-side, The Ghost of Creaky Crater, was recorded in Melbourne in December 2004 while The Unicorns were touring Australia. The release was limited to 100 copies.
In addition to The Unicorns, Penner had also been creating music since 2002 calling the project All Makes Parts & Collision, although no official releases have stemmed from the project. After The Unicorns disbanded, he played with a number of Montreal-based bands in addition to live concerts as a solo act. In his time between projects, Penner created the score for the independent film The Hamster Cage and managed the Canadian based record label Take This Hammer, which he has since put to rest.
Penner debuted his new band Clues at the Pop Montreal festival in October 2007. Clues' self-titled debut album was released on May 19, 2009 on Constellation Records, with a North American tour to follow.
In 2010, Penner announced the creation of a new band called Hidden Words, which consists of former Unicorns member Jamie Thompson, Eric Farr, James Farr, Neah Kelly, and Marie-Claire Saindon. The band plays music inspired by the Bahá'í Faith and has played at many shows in Canada. Thompson has said that the first album will be available in the spring, and a second album is in the works.
In 2013, Penner released a solo EP, Precession, and confirmed a full-length album and tour for 2014
- The Ghost of Creaky Crater
- 2000 Three Inches of Blood
- Unicorns Are People Too
- Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?
- 2009 "Clues"
- 2011 "Odes To The House"
- 2011 The Hidden Words - Free thyself from the fetters of this world
- 2014 Precession EP
- 2014 Exegesis (FEB 4)
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