Her Brothers returns to Agassiz stage

Langley band's name change was inspired by trip to Asia

The final Twilight Series concert will feature a young band that wowed the crowd at Canada Day in Agassiz last year. Her Brothers is a Canadian alternative rock band from Langley. Together since 2008, Gabe Penner (lead vocals, guitar), Josh Penner (bass guitar), and Levi Penner (drums) have performed at a variety of venues and events around the west coast of Canada including fairs, cafés, community events, universities, and churches.

Musically, Her Brothers have been influenced by bands from Switchfoot and U2, to artists like Jack White, Sting and Peter Gabriel. “It’s really important to us that we create both contagious music that connects with an audience, combined with lyrics that inspire and wake up listeners to issues that might otherwise be avoided.” says Gabe Penner. Her Brothers is about bringing those conversations, those issues; the things we experience feel or wonder about everyday, to the table.

Between January and March 2013, Gabe traveled through South East Asia with a film crew documenting stories and experiencing life as it is for millions in that corner of our world. The images of poverty, women being offered for sale, and the attitudes that thrive off a caste system designed to hold gifted and amazing human beings back from being all they can, will be indelibly etched in his memory.

One experience that left a deep impression was when he was approached by a guy trying to sell his own girlfriend.

“I just kept thinking, this girl could be my little sister” recalls Gabe. On arriving back in Canada, the band had been talking about changing their name from Poppy and the Pistols (2008-2013) to something that better identifies who they are. Recalling this experience got the band thinking about how many times they’ve met girls who are mistreated, abused, or simply unsupported by any kind of positive male influence in their life.

Together with a dream to lead and inspire men to stand up for, encourage, and become positive male influences in the lives of women in our world who either don’t have a voice or simply can’t speak up for themselves; the name Her Brothers just made sense considering Gabe, Josh and Levi are also the older brothers to their own sister.

Her Brothers will perform on Thursday, Aug. 15, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Centennial Park beside the Ag Hall in Agassiz. The event will be cancelled in the event of bad weather.

This year the concert series is supported by funding from the Agassiz Harrison Lions Club, the Harrison Agassiz Chamber of Commerce and Prospera Credit Union. The Agassiz Harrison Observer is the official media sponsor.

This concert is free to the community and the performances are for a general audience.  They “pass the hat” at each performance to help offset the performer costs. The Agassiz Fire Department will be there selling hot dogs and cold drinks and operating the ECD Success by Six Bouncy Castle for the kids.  In addition there will be an “art in the park” exhibit as well.

 

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