Legendary, highly volatile, psych-primitive unit from the autumnal climate of upstate New York. Fondling the same clammy flesh as Sunburned Hand of The Man and No Neck Blues Band, this band of John Schoen, Jason Finkbeiner, Nuuj and Joe Tunis marry fucked-up turntable sound with acoustic (broken folk?) instrumentation, tapes and voices to dazzling effect.


Jason Finkbeiner - guitar     Nuuj - synthesizer     John Schoen - floorbass, saxophone, vocals, tapes     Joe Tunis - drums, guitar    

Pengo Releases


  • View Magazine

    by Adam Grant

    Ever attempt to Google the word Pengo before? If you have, chances are you found websites dedicated to the video game, information about a form of Hungarian currency, and maybe even a German techno music label. If you dig a...
  • NoiseWeek

    by Martyn C.J Thomas

    [Pengo - Cosmology of the Broken Saints]...not to mention the fact that the best thing I heard this week (if not this year) is an un-mp3-postable two-track live CD-R from Pengo entitled Cosmology of the Broken Saints on...

    this show was the god damn bomb. every band came out of the gate dominating the small club that a friend and i wandered into expecting some sweet sweet noise.Pengo is a local noise outfit and they used everything...
  • Foxy Digitalis

    by Cola Nitida

    Pengo "Toadstools Amongst the Tombstones" QBICOPengo really do make my favourite kind of music, playful psychedelic music that pushes the boundaries of the genre with a sense of fun and an atmosphere of mystery.For the completely uninitiated 'Toadstools Amongst...
  • Smooth Assailing

    Pengo - Toadstools amongst the tombstones 12"Damn, i decided to take a bit of a siesta on pengo after climbs the holy mountain, and now they've gone and cut an absolutely fantastic record. i'm waking up just in time, it...
  • Nashville Scene

    by Jim Ridley

    Holy Mountain / Show Preview - Kinds of the Rochester NY noise scene -- larger kingdom than you might suppose -- this three-man ensemble most recently recorded a pulsing, clanging suite to accompany the wordless first 31 minutes of Chilean filmmaker Alejandro...
  • Blastitude

    Ah, but what do Pengo sound like? On here, they come off as one of the more accomplished contemporary bands playing in that style I'll call The New Ominousness. Alot of noise/psych/improv artists play in this style. I...
  • Chicago Reader

    by Liz Armstrong

    In the past, Pengo 's performances have involved attaching contact mikes to sheet metal, ambling around in costumes made of trash, being strangled by audience members, and playing nose kazoo.
  • Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

    by Jeff Spevak

    Here was the scene a few weeks ago at Monty's Korner: Jason Finkbeiner and Joe Tunis are strumming acoustic guitars to no discernible melody for perhaps 10 minutes, before John Schoen joins in on zither, Tunis abandoning his guitar in favor...
  • Slippytown

    by Eddie Flowers

    Pengo reminds me of mid-60's Sun Ra, with an approach that's very modern free-rock spontaneous. Lot's of swells waves surges, tap clatter pling, detuned sound-findin' horn bellowin' cymbal tappin' spaciousness, clatter, and brain damage.
  • RIT Reporter Magazine

    by Ben Gonyo

    Pengo used a drum loop from Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust" while they wrenched their guitar strings with metal bars, fists, and the speaker box. Before the guitar-thrashing started, however, they opened with a ten-minute video showing black women...