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Soul Filter
Marc Robichaud (Drummer)
Mike Penton (Lead Guitar)
Ronnie Arsenault (Bass player)
Karen Penton (Lead Vocals, Acoustic guitar )

“Sometimes I think I like the pain”, the opening line from Soul Filter’s debut single Armor hits like an “Aha” moment from the psyche to the soul. Lead singer/songwriter Karen Penton often writes with the intention to find the silver linings in messed up situations.
The soulful four-piece Alternative Rock Pop band from Summerside PEI is set to release their newest single “The City Knows” on May 20th as part of Music PEI’s coveted Golden Ticket program. Produced by John Angus MacDonald of The Trews, "The City Knows" is a high energy, dark & edgy fairy tale about a small town girl trying to make it in the big city facing the sobering realization of self-doubt. The confessional introspection of Fleetwood Mac meets the anthemic ethereal intensity of Florence & The Machine.

With a 2020 PEI Music nomination for Rock Recording of the Year and 5 single releases, Soul Filter hit PEI's indie music scene with their debut LP "A Minor Conspiracy". They have been featured on CBC's Mainstreet with Matt Rainnie, Q93, CBC Music Hour with Bill Roach, The East Coast Countdown, Q104 in Halifax, and shared the stage with Canadian icons Big Wreck, The Road Hammers, Honeymoon Suite & Haywire during one of PEI's biggest festivals, Rock The Boat. In 2019 their single Like Water made CBC Searchlight’s Top 100 by fan vote.
When founding members, husband & wife duo Karen & Mike Penton, first met in 2001, she didn't know he was a performing musician and he didn't know she had a secret life long desire to be one. To Karen’s delight, their second date consisted of 2 bottles of wine and an acoustic guitar – the deal was sealed. After a few years of singing Beatles’ covers (and other classics) together at home, Mike decided it was time to push Karen into the spotlight. With their mutual passion for music and newly formed partnership, the two went on to create several popular cover bands (Junkmale, Pretty Tragic, No Doubt & Alanis Morissette tribute show, Karen & Mike acoustic duo), performing all over PEI and into NB, before forming Soul Filter in 2017.
Each had dabbled in songwriting over the years but had put it on the back burner while they raised their two girls and performed in cover bands on the weekends. What started out as a fun hobby of playing music became a purpose and life force. After years of singing other people's songs, an increasing passion to find and sing her own words, and a gnawing desire to see what kind of magic they would create together helped push Karen & Mike to write and record A Minor Conspiracy.
With themes of self-discovery, adversity, love and loss, the album infuses pop, blues and folk into a soulful rock sound. Acoustic rhythm serves as the backbone to melodically sweet electric guitar riffs and punchy choruses. Baring a reminiscent feel to the 90's alternative contemporary rock era, lead singer/songwriter Karen gets her musical inspiration from artists like The Cranberries, Alanis Morissette, & Sheryl Crow. Dynamically weaving between soft falsetto and soulful powerful vocals, Karen embraces vulnerability and delivers empowering, emotive lyrics through alluringly catchy melodies. To bring the album to life on stage, Karen & Mike brought in longtime friends and former cover band mates Ronnie Arsenault on bass guitar and Marc Robichaud on drums.
They are currently working on their second FL album. More music to come!