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The day has finally arrived, and our new album Divided by Light is now available for streaming and purchase through CD Baby. You can find the streaming player on our home page, which includes a link to purchase either an mp3/flac download, or a CD copy of the album. We put in a lot of work to make Divided by Light what it is, so we appreciate everyone who takes the time to listen and enjoy all that it has to offer.
Special thanks to OD Jo and Taking Hits Constantly for making our show at The Tree of Joliet last night a lot of fun.
We will be playing one final release show tonight at Subterranean in Chicago with Krija, Music Illuminates People Inside, and Vibraphonix, so come on out and have a few drinks, hear some great music, and grab a copy of our CD while you're at it.
Thanks everyone.

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City of Light, another track from our upcoming album Divided by Light, is now available for streaming and free download on the right side of our home page for a limited time! Divided by Light will be available for purchase this Sunday 9/27, but you can get your copy early (and discounted) at our first of two release shows tomorrow night 9/25 at The Tree of Joliet. We will be accompanied by our friends Taking Hits Constantly, OD Jo, and Fatal Havoc. Doors open at 7 and music starts at 7:30. This is not to be missed!

We've confirmed a second release show for our suburban friends at The Tree of Joliet on September 25th with OD Jo and Fatal Havoc. We are really excited to play this new venue and see what they're all about, so come on out and check the place out with us, hear some killer local bands, and get a copy of our new album Divided by Light for a special release show price. See you there!

We are hosting a release show for our new album Divided by Light at Subterranean on Sunday September 27th with Krija, VibraphoniX, and Music Illuminates People Inside. You will be able to buy the new album as either a CD or a download card at special release-show prices. We have a really amazing show planned that will feature a bunch of new songs from the album, video projections, and a really trippy light show. Come on out and experience a night of great local music with four bands who don't sound anything like the junk on the radio!
Doors open at 8pm.

Buy tickets online here: tickets
The Facebook event page can be found here: link
Read more about our new album and listen to a few tracks at

We are also setting up a second release show at The Tree of Joliet on September 25th. More details will be released in the next few days so keep your eyes peeled.


Our new song Shapeshifter is now streaming and available for free download in both mp3 and WAV formats on the right hand side of our homepage. Shapeshifter is the fourth track on our upcoming album Divided by Light and is much more influenced by psychedelic and ambient rock than our last release, Transience. The track also features guest performances by Brian Seeley (The Prairie Ghosts) and Michael Bonowicz (The Prairie Ghosts, Dot Dot Dot) and MYSO orchestra members  Thomas Milschewski and Kyle Sullivan. If you missed your chance to grab the last free download, Transience, you can still get it here

We also have a great new trailer for our upcoming album on the homepage as well! A shorter version for twitter, instagram, facebook, etc can be found here so please share with your friends and help us get things really moving as we get closer to the 9/27 album release date.

If you want to keep up on all of our latest activity then don't forget to subscribe to our youtube channel, follow us on twitter @penrosestairs33, check out our facebook page at, and join our mailing list if you haven't yet.

Thank you so much for checking out our music and supporting our hard work! There is plenty more news to come.


New full-length album announcement and FREE DOWNLOAD

Penrose Stairs is pleased to announce the hugest, most complex, and ultimately the most accomplished collection of songs that we have released thus far. We call it DIVIDED BY LIGHT, and it will be released in both physical and digital formats on September 27th, 2015. The album cover and track listing can be viewed below.

We are currently streaming the second track, Transience, on our home page as well as giving it away as a free download. You can find your free download and read more about the upcoming album by clicking here.

D I V I D E D   B Y   L I G H T

1. Pulse
2. Transience
3. City of Light
4. Shapeshifter
5. Eye of Providence
6. Hypnagog
7. Illumination
8. Hall of Shadows
9. Judas

Penrose Stairs will be performing at Reggie's Music Joint in Chicago tomorrow night, accompanied by the incredibly awesome middle-eastern  rock group Mano and special guests New Constellations. This will be a big show with a bunch of NEW STUFF. We have some new songs, some new additions to our live lineup, and a new LED lighting setup that is guaranteed to make you flip your lid.
Oh, and it will only cost you 5 dollars. Pretty sweet deal! Hope to see you there.

You can come see us this Friday at Jerry's in Chicago with Ono and Hedgehog And The Fox . We will be unveiling a new addition to our live show for the first time, and might not be playing any more shows until early next year, so this is not the one to skip. Hope to see y o u there!

It's official; Penrose Stairs and Elevator to Mars will be playing together with special guest Aaron Zimmer at the Tonic Room in Chicago on June 18th. This will be your last chance to see us until August, so we hope to see plenty of our Chicago friends there. Doors open at 8:00 pm. See you there!

Penrose Stairs will be playing live next Friday at Bobby McGee's in Crest Hill as part of their local band showcase. We will also be playing live with ELEVATOR TO MARS on June 18th at The Tonic Room in Chicago, IL, and are working out details for another show on June 6th in Lake Villa, IL (more details to come.)
We are in the midst of wrapping up production on our first full-length album, which will be released later this year, and will be announcing tour dates and lots of free downloads and other promo goodies in the coming weeks, so keep an eye on us at

Tonight we will be playing a free show at Bada Brew in Crest Hill, IL and celebrating bassist/noisemaker/all around badass Pat Daley's birthday. We will be playing some new stuff, some old stuff, and some stuff we didn't even write.
Come out and see some freaky, angry, trippy, creepy, crazy music!
802 Theodore St, Crest Hill, IL.10pm. See you there.

Thanks to everyone who has been listening to and spreading the good (or bad) word about our newest album SPIDER ISLAND. For the next week we are having a holiday discount and selling it for only $5.99 so if you haven't gotten it yet then here's another opportunity to get it cheap.

Our new album SPIDER ISLAND is released for download today, and for a limited time will only cost you $3.33! Considering Spider Island contains just over 33 minutes of music, that's basically 10 cents for every minute of music on the record. In other words, stupid cheap. And you get 320 kbps mp3 files, higher resolution than anything you can get from Itunes. Or, if you'd rather download lossless WAV files, those are available for the same price. Both the mp3 and Wav versions can be purchased by clicking here, or on the STORE tab in the top menu bar. So get it now before we realize how insane this is and change our minds!

And for those of you who are on the fence, you can stream (or purchase) the whole album in mp3 instantly from the music player at the right.

A little info about SPIDER ISLAND:

Firstly, this record is creepy, freaky, scary, trippy, noisy, and all-around weird. It’s also sometimes beautiful. It would make great meditation music for people who like to feel like their brains are melting. Some say it would be great background music for a really intense horror movie or game.  It could also be used as dance music for a nightclub in Dante’s Inferno.
SPIDER ISLAND came to us mostly through improvisation sessions, but is not really of our own creation. We were working on a completely different album that will be released early next year, when some sort of force intervened and demanded that we stop all work in order to create SPIDER ISLAND. We don’t know where it came from, but nearly all of the people involved in this project experienced a bizarre level of actual spider activity during its creation. Waking up with spiders crawling on their bodies, giant strands of spider web found linking objects and walls over ten feet apart, and even getting spider webs in our faces and hair when there wasn’t anything nearby for a web to be attached to. We can’t guarantee that this won’t happen to you during or after your listening experience, so consider yourself warned.

Secondly, our music has a strange tendency to feature the number 33 and similar numbers such as 333. For example, the total length of SPIDER ISLAND is 33 minutes, and 33.333 seconds. This was not planned and in fact happened during the final stages of mastering. (One bizarre thing to be aware of is that there are 33 degrees of Freemasonry, an organization which some claim secretly worships a giant three-headed spider named Jahbulon.) We encourage you to look for other examples of these numbers in our music and elsewhere and tell us about them, as we have probably missed some. 
Finally, your purchase entitles you to do whatever you want with SPIDER ISLAND. These files belong to you. Feel free to burn it to CD, give it to friends, etc. We will never come after anyone for listening to our music (but we might if you delete it!) Considering how weird this album is, we’re just happy that people are enjoying it. It is probably the strangest thing any of us has ever been involved in making.

There will probably never be an official CD release, but we do plan on having a limited number of vinyl records pressed because we love the sound of vinyl so very much. Also, we can’t pass up the chance to have our music printed on something that makes 33 and 1/3 revolutions per minute.

Enjoy! ...and try not to get too freaked out. It's just a ride.

Our new Psychedelic/Electronic/Ambient freakout of an LP, "Spider Island," will be joining you in your living room, bedroom, car, and maybe even your bathroom on November 6th.

Join our mailing list before midnight on the 5th to get your free download code.

Stay tuned.

Cover art for our upcoming LP SPIDER ISLAND:


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