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Merrily Down
the Stream 

King Penguin finds flight in the stream that serves us all, cooling at DKFM, the California-based Shoegaze network heard ‘round the world at and on Live 365. The Big Bird dominated for three New Tracks Weekends and is ready to join the   usual crew.                                                       

Flight is also found at Mixcloud where Lord Snooty Super Sunday Show does KP proud. Check out Lord Snooty's Super Sunday Fruits de Mer Spectacular and this Snooty Celebration, a pysch marathon that finds King Penguin skimming the stratosphere.

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Friday, Aug. 12
Swing the Teapot
6 Verbena Ave, Floral Park, NY 11001
(516) 488-2180

Goldmine of King Penguin appreciation
Singular Sensation

Seven + Seven is King Penguin

A Box Set Full of Beauties

- Goldmine Magazine

 Coming off a New York Crabfest Concert appearance, King Penguin is proud to announce its inclusion in Fruits de Mer Records' most  most impressive project yet, "7 and 7 Is," a collection of classic American Psych by 8 modern bands.


Now on sale at Fruits de Mer

 '7 and 7 is'

A box-set of seven 45s featuring:

The Bevis Frond play Clear Light
The Higher State play 13th Floor Elevators
The Chemistry Set play Love
Sendelica play the United States of America
King Penguin play The Byrds
The Gathering Gray play Moby Grape
Black Tempest/The Seventh Ring Of Saturn play Spirit/Grateful Dead

For more information, see Fruits de Mer Records

King  Penguin Plays Fruits de Mer Fest in NYC


King Penguin @ The Bowery Electric

  Lanny & Bill send sparks at Bowery Electric


KP fits to a Tee

Electric Video

King Penguins plays 'She Don't Care About Time' at the Bowery Electric in New York as part of Fruits de Mer Records International Crabstock Festival. Similar events are held in Wales, Helsinki and Connecticut. For more of King Penguin's big night out go to KP's   Youtube Channel

King Penguin Radio Replay

Pretty  Exciting

Phil May of England's legendary Pretty Things and King Penguin bassist Bill Sweeney discuss their involvement in Fruits de Mer Records release "Sorrow's Children" at Fruits de Mer All Day Psych Festival in Soho (London) on Aug. 10.

'Dear Eloise' from 'Re-Evolution - FdM Sings The Hollies'

Raving about  King Penguin and 'Dear  Eloise'

Another ensemble much admired around these parts are King Penguin, who set about dusting down "Dear Eloise" and through the shimmer of sitars recalibrate it in a sumptuous glow that much recalls some kind of weird fusion of the Byrds' ‘Clark / psych / Parsons’ variations.

- Mark Barton (The Sunday Experience) reviews 'Re-Evolution: FdM sings the Hollies.'

King Penguin’s ”Dear Eloise” is one of the album’s finest pieces with its sitar and orchestration. Once again a total success by Fruits de Mer and the talented modern age musicians that they have been drawing like a magnet during the recent years!                                                                                                                                              -     

King Penguin are from the New York City area and do a very interesting take on Dear Eloise. It starts off with a country-rock feel, then veers off into sitar and tabla driven Eastern influenced psychedelia ... a very cool transition
. - Aural-Innovations

Cedar Hill  from  The Crab Sells  Out

Click to Play Dear Eloise on Soundcloud


RE-EVOLUTION: Fruits de Mer Sings the Hollies

Featuring King Penguin on 'Dear Eloise'

The Crabs Sell Out

The Crabs Sell Out/The Crabs Freak Out

This two-CD FdM sampler features King Penguin doing "Cedar Hill," written by producer Ray Lambiase, plus new and exclusive tracks from the likes of The Bevis Frond, The Pretty Things, Paul Roland, Sendelica, Vibravoid, Stay, Beau and Anton Barbeau. It adds up to 150 minutes of original songs, virtually all previously unreleased.

King  Penguin - 'Old Man Going'  from  'Sorrow's Children'

Thoughts And Words -  YouTube


The Joy of  'Sorrow's Children'

From Mr. Phil May,

'I was pleased and flattered. Dick and I came up with the album’s title, ‘Sorrow’s Children,’ we had our heroes that inspired us, so if through ‘S.F. Sorrow’ we’ve passed on the baton to the current crop of musicians, great. I think it’s a very interesting project and I hope all the bands have put something of themselves into their versions of the songs.'                                                 — Phil May, the Pretty Things



mr. atavist: A labor of love

and an excellent one at that

You can argue S.F. Sorrow was the first concept record, the first rock opera,a pre-cursor to Tommy, The Pretty Things’ finest hour…what you can’t argue is that Sorrow’s Children: The Songs of S.F. Sorrow is anything but a labor of love and a damn excellent one at that. ...  King Penguin, who did The Byrds justice with the stellar Thoughts and Words from Keep Of The Grass, give their royal treatment to Old Man Going, one of the finest tracks from S.F. Sorrow. King Penguin capture all the melancholy disillusionment of Sorrow while somehow making the whole affair seem celebratory and almost angelic in its longing and crippled dreams.


'Sorrow 's  Children'  is  Born

King Penguin appears in 'Sorrow's Children," a tribute the father of all rock operas, 'S.F. Sorrow.'

Album includes closing track by the masters themselves, the Pretty Things!






 Mark Barton (Thesundayexperience)

 More progged out loveliness arrives courtesy of King Penguin’s masterly coverage of ‘Old Man Going,’ the sighing and weeping string accompaniment exacting upon it a richly tailored tear stained head bowed hollowing.



'S.F. Sorrow' - IS THE classic rock opera/concept album, the iconic, groundbreaking 60s psychedelic rock album; It represents the Pretty Things' finest 40 minutes (although 'Parachute' ran it bloody close).
For over a year, Fruits de Mer been working on a compilation of covers of songs from this fantastic album. It's finally come together, it's sounding great and we EVEN have an exclusive Pretty Things live version of 'Loneliest Person' as a bonus track plus an interview with Phil May and Dick Taylor for the sleeve! And May and Taylor have given the album its all too fitting name.

For more information on tracks, bands and availability,  CLICK THE COVER OR HERE

What they  are saying  about  King Penguin


Mark Barton at The Sunday Experience

THOUGHTS AND WORDS!/notes/mark-barton/keep-of-the-grass/344771028891224

Nineteen psychedelic servings are to be found on this hulking head
expanding melodic mirage kicking off with a rather superb recasting of
the Byrds ‘thoughts and words’ by King Penguin who delicately dimple
said nugget with a vibe so seriously laid back its almost horizontal
sitar shimmers, a mushrooming of head swirling moods radiate with
opiate blissfulness to the hazily glazed drift sphere dialects.
More progged out loveliness arrives courtesy of King Penguin’s masterly coverage of ‘Old Man Going,’ the sighing and weeping string accompaniment exacting upon it a richly tailored tear stained head bowed hollowing.



December, 2011
Opening with some chiming guitar and hand drums, King Penguin sound
languid and reasonably stoned on 'Thoughts and Words', the sound of a
sitar giving that authentic sixties ambience, a great start.

 Jim Mills

Your take on the Byrds tune was great, maybe even better than the
original. I remember specifically, when I first heard it, thinking
"Yea this is going to be a good project!"

Fruits de Mer Records

King Penguin ooze class in this cover of The Byrds track - great vocals, searing guitar, great production - what a tremendous way to

kick off a double album!


King  of  the South Pole

King  Penguin  on the  record

 King Penguin cover of the Byrds' "Thoughts and Words" appears on the first track on "Keep Off The Grass," a double LP, vinyl compilation  from England's Fruits de Mer Records. Sorry, the set is already completely sold out. King Penguin and Fruits de Mer do have plans for further projects so stay tuned!



Heather Faye Kahn - WFMU


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The King Penguin Story

King Penguin, formerly known as Grey Matter, is just taking flight in the Long Island area and beyond. Mixing classic covers with original tunes, King Penguin is equally at home playing clubs, parties and concerts.

King Penguin stands as a long-delayed reunion of a high school band known as Grey Matter. Lanny Sichel (lead guitar and vocals), Gary Mohran (vocals and guitar) and Bill Sweeney (bass) got back together for the Internet recording project "Here Without You," a tribute to Gene Clark of the Byrds. Another friend, Bill Intemann (drums and vocals), was added and the two resultant songs,  "Gypsy Rider" and "The True One," have been played on WFMU in Jersey City and Stony Brook's WUSB.

(Note: Before clicking on these tracks or any other KP media, please remember to turn off the background music with the control located at very bottom left of this page.)


The name change came when it was realized there were many Grey Matters, past and present. King Penguin was chosen as more reflective of the current group's jingly-jangly nature. Recordings featuring original material are to follow. Meanwhile King Penguin is busy hitting area stages such as Mulcahy's in Wantagh and the Triad in Manhattan.



Happy Birthday to Bill I.



Bill celebrates birthday bash at Gunther's with unexpected artistic addition to drum set. 

 The new drum head in action at Sunset Grill. Thanks to Greg Meade for the original and to Dennis Nobile

for the "The Penguin Variations."

Flashes from past


 Long before King Penguin is hatched, Bill I. (l.) and Lanny join forces in country-rockin' White Line Fever at Goody's in Central Islip, and shortly thereafter Bill trades guitar picks for drumsticks. Some time earlier, Bill S. and Lanny find a cure for the Summertime Blues as Moonshine storms Holy Trinity HS in Hicksville.  

King Penguin in The News

Thanks to Rich Terrana. 

King Penguin hits the big stage at Mulcahy's in Wantagh in Hope For Stroke Benefit. Sharing the bill in the March 15 event is        The Pants, whose Dave Ball and Steve Sollog (yes the former Sheik!) also help out on our set, as does Rich Terrana of                The New Trinos. Yet another featured guest is Jim Treutlein of the Treutlein/Novak Band. Thanks guys, we couldn't have done it without you. Day is a tremendous success with funds raised, prizes given, autographs signed and Pants lead singer Chris Ball, a stroke survivor himself, rallying the troops.

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