Based in Hammonton NJ and established 2005, SOMERDALE, formerly known as The Shags, is comprised of: Chuck Penza, vocals and bass guitar; JJ Fennimore, vocals and drums; and James Caputo, vocals and guitar. SOMERDALE, formerly known as The Shags, formed with a simple mission to produce insanely catchy, head-bobbing, foot-stomping, fist-pumping, hook-laden, sing-a-long tunes.
In November 2005, SOMERDALE was a featured act on the Philadelphia leg of David Bash’s prestigious International Pop Overthrow Festival. The band impressed judges and audience members alike with a second place finish at the Atlantic City’s House of Blues’ Battle of the Bands in April 2006. They started out playing many clubs in Philadelphia such as the Pontiac Grille, North Star Bar, Millcreek Tavern, Chestnut Room, and Grape Street, to name a few.
Described as "old school power pop", SOMERDALE cleverly combines the gorgeous harmonies of The Beatles, the frenetic energy of The Who, the psychedelic aura of David Bowie, the slashing guitar rhythms of The Rolling Stones, the throbbing bass lines of KISS, and the unbridled joy of The Raspberries.
VOCALS, BASS GUITAR, KEYBOARDS
DRUMS, BACKING VOCALS