Penniless grew up in a small town called Nakkila (some twenty kilometers south of Pori) on the west coast of Finland. They released three albums as Penniless People Of Bulgaria, but dropped the people after being fed up with more or less silly questions and hostile messages. This kind of excile lead to even more boring inquiries, though.
During the years Penniless has been connected to and compared with many American alternative rock groups, but as one of the leading rock journalists in Finland, Ilkka Mattila has put it: “their typically Finnish pithy approach and warped sense of humour make Penniless a unique band”*.
In other words, Penniless has developed their style of guitar rock into perfection, so on the contrary, now would be the time to compare others with Penniless. Feeder is the Penniless of U.K. just to mention one case. That could do some justice!
Since 1997 Penniless are signed to A West Side Fabrication. They had the first album as simply Penniless out a year later, “Joe”, which got splendid critics near and far, and also honoured the band with a dream come true, a gig at Roskilde Festival in Denmark. This adventure produced the material for a video, “Beautiful”, which was a hit on MTV Nordic’s “Alternative Nation”.
They have of course been touring Europe for a couple of times and also been released in Germany among other territories. But now when we turn the page and write 2010 they once again have picked up enough enthusiasm to record and release another album, an album called “A Cab to the City” (1st of September). And for your knowledge, it might, probably is, their best album ever. A truly cool and beautiful album for all you Penniless lovers.
And so no misunderstandings will appear, Penniless albums has been released in east and west and now a days they have fans all over the world. After all, we all need guitars anyway!
Penniless album catalogue;
AS Penniless People Of Bulgaria
(Pekka Alisaari v & g, Mikko Pere g, Kimmo Kurittu b, Lasse Alisaari d)
• Cake (1993)
• Mould (1994)
• Velocity (1996)
(Ossi Alisaari v & g, Pekka Alisaari v & g, Mikko Pere g, Kimmo Kurittu b, Lasse Alisaari d)
• Joe (1998)
• Anola (2001)
• All Good Things Come To Those Who Wait (2004)
• The Attraction (2007)
• A Cab to the City (2010)
*) Finnish Rockumentary 1999
Penniless are still:
Lasse Alisaari – drums
Ossi Alisaari – vocals, guitar
Pekka Alisaari – vocals, guitar
Kimmo Kurittu – bass
Mikko Pere – guitar