PREMIERE: Penelope Isles Get Heavy on “Cut Your Hair”

The final single from their debut LP sees the jangly Brits reach new dramatic peaks.

This Friday, Brighton rockers Penelope Isles are set to release their Bella Union debut Until the Tide Creeps In. Having already shared three singles and a very informative introduction to kitchen jams, the four piece’s final single has been revealed as “Cut Your Hair,” a gussied-up version of a 2017 loosie that still, regrettably is not a Pavement cover. 

Regardless, the five-minute slow-burner is its own unique brand of noisy pop, lurching along before opening up into a heavy, guitar-driven downpour. “One of my favorite songs to play live,” notes vocalist Jack Wolter. “The slow sludgy groove always feels like a refreshing moment in the set.” 

Yet there’s also a greater significance to the track: the songwriter cites it as a landmark in his existential development as someone pursuing a career in music. “I wrote it in our old garage on the Isle of Man whilst uncertain whether or not to move away to pursue a career in music or not,” Wolter explains. “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 fictional 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.”

Until the Tide Creeps In is out July 12 on Bella Union. You can pre-order it here. Upcoming U.K. and U.S. tour dates are listed below the video.

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

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