Penetration play Liverpool O2 Academy and Getintothis‘ Banjo looks into their story so far.
Penetration always stood out from the Class of 77 punk bands.
Maybe it was the isolating distance between their native County Durham and the goings on in London, but they seemed to evolve differently from the rest of the crowd.
Their sound was at once identifiable and still part of punk. Perhaps more rock based (guitarist Fred Purser went on to join Tygers of Pan Tang) and less political, they nonetheless threw themselves into the early punk scene, supporting the likes of Buzzcocks and Generation X and playing at the legendary Roxy club.
Soon graduating to headline status, they played Liverpool Eric’s in October 78 and toured extensively throughout this time.
Their debut single Don’t Dictate is still regarded as a classic, and album Moving Targets also come highly recommended. Constant touring seemed to get the better of them and they split in 1979 following the release of their second Album, Coming Up For Air.
Singer Pauline Murray joined with Manchester’s The Invisible Girls for an album, before moving on to other short term projects and solo work.
Penetration reformed in 2002 for live shows and released new album Resolution in 2015. They play Liverpool O2 Academy on Saturday October 21.
2017 seems a busy year for Pauline Murray, as she also supports The Mission at the same venue on May 19