Penelope Isles – The Cluny 2, Newcastle – 1 Dec 2019

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You know when you come across a gem of a new band and you can’t stop listening to them or needing to go and see them? You don’t? Aye ye do! Well that’s me and the amazing Penelope Isles … you have to go see them too! Originally from the Isle of Man, but via Brighton, the band started by Jack and Lily Wolter have come a long way in a short time, especially since being picked up by Simon Raymonde of Bella Union records who knows something special when he sees it. Brilliant songs, complex but catchy, veering from sweet melodies and harmonies to wig-out post-rock noisy … they have got everything that pushes my musical buttons perfectly!

Since debut album ‘Until The Tide Creeps In’ came out they have been working and travelling non-stop. Jack told me this was their 90 somethingth gig of the year and will be over 100 soon. That shows in the flawless performances in the 3 times in 3 weeks I’ve seen them since Iceland Airwaves, and the music sounds even better to me live than recorded as a result. I couldn’t make their show in Glasgow, so why not take the easy trip to the Toon?! Go see Penelope Isles too. Chat to these friendly people afterwards, and buy their CD. Now!

Attended by George

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