A group of Bajan punk rockers is preparing for a United States tour.
Standing Penance, described as the hardest hitting and by far heaviest Barbadian alternative/rock/metal band originally formed in 2009, comprises four members — Tearhead, lead vocals & rhythm guitar, Valkyrie on bass, Lexx on drums and Hanji on lead guitar.
The band released its self-produced debut EP, My Pain, in July of 2010 in Barbados. They were signed to Steel Records in July of 2012 and My Pain was re-released by the record label in August of 2012.
The video for their single Do Not Bury Me, produced by Vonley Smith, was completed and released in May of 2013 via popular rock/metal Youtube channel BlankTV and was featured in ROCKWiRED Media LLC’s Top Video Picks for the year, alongside long time rock and roller David Bowie’s latest release The Next Day.
Standing Penance has performed on every major stage across Barbados, most recently at Rock Til Dawn At The Sunset Lounge, Worthing, Christ Church, with opening pop/rock act Jenn & 166 and they continue to build a strong fan base in Trinidad and all across the US and the UK boasting airplay on over 50 American Radio Stations.
The band is ranked #1 on the Reverbnation rock charts in Barbados, and is also ranked in the top 10 artists across all genres. Members are currently working on the follow up to My Pain, titled The Active Ingredient, which is slated to release early 2014. They are currently gearing up for a US tour in support of both albums.
The music is available on all major Internet distributors, including iTunes, Amazon & CDBaby. Guitarist Hanji will be featured in ROCKWiRED MAGAZiNE’s October edition as one of the “25 Guitarist’s You’ve Got To Hear”, featuring several popular guitar virtuosos.