New Audio: Up-and-Coming British Indie Rock Act Penelope Isles Release a Sludgy and Slow-Burning New Single

Throughout the course of this year, I’ve written a bit about the Brighton, UK-based indie rock quartet Penelope Isles. And as you may recall, the act, which is comprised of Devon, UK-born, Brighton-based sibling songwriting duo Jack Wolter and Lily Wolter, along with Jack Sowton and Becky Redford is centered by the bond between the Wolters, a bond that ironically was strengthened when Jack, who’s six years older moved out of the family home to study art when he was 19. “By the time I moved home, Lil was not so much of an annoying younger sister anymore and had grown up and started playing in bands and writing songs. We soon become very close. I had written some songs, so we started a band called Your Gold Teeth. We toured a bit and then Lily left for Brighton to study songwriting.”

When Lily Wolter studied in Brighton, she met Jack Sowton and Becky Redford, with whom she formed a band. And as the story goes, when Lily Wolter returned home to the Isle of Man for the holidays, the idea of forming a new band rapidly developed. Although Jack and Lily have long written separately, they chucked their disparate songs into a shared song pot, their new band was fueled by a passion for DIY alt rock/indie rock — and are influenced by the likes of Deerhunter, Pixies, Tame Impala, Radiohead and The Thrills among others.

The up-and-coming Brighton-based indie rock act’s highly-anticipated full-length debut Until the Tide Creeps In will officially drop on Friday through renowned indie label Bella Union Records, and the album thematically is informed by the Wolters’ shared experience — in particular leaving home, moving away, dealing with the various transitions in life and growing up. “We are six years apart, so we had a different experience of some of this, but we share a similar inspiration when writing writing music. Family, leaving home, disconnection and connection all ring bells!”  The Wolters explain in press notes.

Chlorine,Until the Tide Creeps In’s Sleepy Sun-like album opener was centered around an arrangement that subtly bridges shimmering dream pop, shoegaze and fuzz pop — and while buoyant and seemingly ethereal, the song possessed a bracing quality, much like stepping into a cold shower. Interestingly, the song has an underlying emotional push and pull; the sort of complexity brought about by obligation and duty and the need to go out on your own. “Round,” the album’s second single found the band meshing 70s AM rock with shoegaze while evoking the ebb and flow of the complicated and ambivalent emotions of adulthood.”

Centered around a quiet-loud-quiet song structure, complete with a slow-burning and sludgy groove, shuffling drumming and an anthemic hook, the album’s fourth and latest single “Cut Your Hair” manages to subtly recall 120 Minutes-era alt rock. “One of my favourite songs to play live. The slow sludgy groove always feels like a refreshing moment in the set. I wrote it in our old garage on the Isle of Man whilst in uncertainty of whether or not to move away to pursue a career in music or not,” the band’s Jack Wolters says of the album’s latest single. “I had a small studio set up and it started with the drum groove and the rest happened really quickly. I guess it’s a fixtinal tale and concept of what could have been me if I didn’t have a go at doing ‘the band thing’. A don’t give up on your dreams kinda thing.”

Penelope Isles is currently in the middle of a lengthy UK and European Union tour throughout the Summer and Fall; but they recently added a month’s worth of North American dates that includes an October 16, 2019 stop at Baby’s All Right. The North American tour ends with a stop in Los Angeles before the band returns to Europe.





Tour Dates

07/13/19 – Trenčín, SK @ Pohoda Festival

07/26/19 – Topcliffe, UK @ Deer Shed Festival

07/27/19  – Turku, FI @ ILMIÖ Festival

08/11/19 – Cornwall, UK @ Boardmasters

08/16/19 – Breacon Beacons, UK @ Green Man Festival

08/17/19 – Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop

09/19/19 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Indiestadt

09/22/19 – Rotterdam, NL @ V11

09/24/19 – Frankfurt, DE @ The Cave

09/25/19 – Dresden, DE @ Ostpol

09/26/19 – Leipzig, DE @ Nochbesserleben

09/29/19 – Karlsruhe, DE @ P8

10/13/19 – Washington, D.C. @ DC9 – TICKETS

10/14/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts – TICKETS

10/16/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right – TICKETS

10/17/19 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott – TICKETS

10/19/19 – Toronto, ON @ Baby G – TICKETS

10/20/19 – Detroit, MI @ El Club – TICKETS

10/21/19 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle – TICKETS

10/22/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ Amsterdam – TICKETS

10/24/19 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake – TICKETS

10/25/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court Gallery – TICKETS 

10/28/19 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir – TICKETS

10/29/19 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret – TICKETS 

10/30/19 – Seattle, WA @ Croc Café – TICKETS

11/01/19 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill – TICKETS

11/02/19 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues at the Voodoo Lounge – TICKETS 

11/04/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo – TICKETS

11/09/19 – Reykjavik, IS @ Iceland Airwaves

11/25/19 – Guildford, UK @ The Boileroom

11/26/19 – Cambridge, UK @ Portland Arms

11/27/19 – Oxford, UK @ The Jericho Tavern

11/28/19 – Leeds, UK @ Hyde Park Book Club

11/29/19 – Dublin, IRE @ Whelan’s

12/01/19 – Newcastle, UK @ Cluny 2

12/02/19 – Glasgow, UK @ Hug & Pint

12/03/19 – York, UK @ The Fulford Arms

12/04/19 – Leicester, UK @ The Cookie

12/05/19 – London, UK @ Oslo Hackney

12/06/19 – Bristol, UK @ Rough Trade Bristol