Alex Pennie performing
|Birth name||Alexander Gregor Pennie|
|Born||14 December 1985|
|Instruments||Vocals, synthesizer, keyboards|
|Years active||2003–2007 (The Automatic)
|Associated acts||The Automatic, Yourcodenameis:milo, Gallows, Decimals, Shaped by Fate|
|Roland Juno-106, Alesis Micron, Alesis Andromeda|
Alexander Gregor Pennie (born 14 December 1985) was previously in Welsh band The Automatic, where he provided backing vocals as well as playing synthesizers and keyboards for the act. Pennie left The Automatic in late 2007.
The Automatic (2004-2007)
Alex Pennie joined The Automatic in 2004 as backing vocalist and keyboard player after the band rebranded themselves The Automatic, after previously being known as White Rabbit. Pennie's unique vocal style and energetic live performances became trademark signatures of The Automatic.
During his time in The Automatic Pennie was featured on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, and with band mate Robin Hawkins stood in for Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1. He also took on lead vocal responsibilities on the band's cover of "Gold Digger" by Kanye West and "Epic" by Faith No More. With writing commencing on the band's second album, Pennie was finding being in the band "increasingly unenjoyable", and after completing the Not Accepted Anywhere album tour, he left the band, playing his final date at Get Loaded in the Park on August 25, 2007.
After leaving the band Pennie moved for a short time to the US where he was supposedly working with a new punk band. However, months later his new project was announced: an indie-electro band Decimals, for which Pennie provides lead vocals. Decimals lasted till late 2009.
In 2006 The Automatic were invited by Yourcodenameis:milo to feature on their collaboration record Print Is Dead, Alex Pennie and YCNI:M frontman Paul Mullen split lead vocals on the track "The Trapeze Artist". In 2007 Pennie featured at various live performances with hardcore-punk band Gallows, providing vocals. In December 2010, Pennie recorded guest vocals on a Shaped by Fate track. In March 2011 he also featured on debut album "Diversions" of polish post-hardcore band Sight To Behold.
With The Automatic
- Not Accepted Anywhere - 19 June 2006 - vocals/keys
- Gold Digger, Easy Target, Epic, Time=Money, Jack Daniels, Song6, Trophy Wives, High Tide On Caroline Street, Night Drive
- Steve McQueen and Revolution original recordings
- Print Is Dead Vol 1 - Trapeze Artist - (2006) - vocals
- Something, Dead End Kids, Shout and Sing, Retreat, Want Want Need, "Fireflies" - Lead vocals
- The Automatic: ULU, London, Monday July 24 NME, August 11, 2006
- The Automatic @ Pianos: Keep Your Eyes Peeled! The Music Slut, March 19, 2007
- The Automatic cause havoc on Shockwaves NME Awards indie tour NME, February 2, 2007
- The Automatic: Spender Pennie BBC, February 27, 2007
- NME 19 May 2007 Page 35
- "Automatic now Pennie less". icwales (Gavin Allen). 7 November 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-22.
- "In the magazine this week... - The Automatic on how Pennie left". NME. 3 November 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-23.
- "Untitled". Gallows at Warped Tour, Mountain View, Featuring Alex Pennie. 3 July 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-23.
- "Untitled". Pit Report : Warped British Invasion, Gallows, Funeral for a Friend and The Automatic. 7 August 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-23.