Class of ’77 punks PENETRATION return next month, with their first new album in thirty-six years!

With a new line-up featuring original members Pauline Murray and Robert Blamire, the band will be playing a series of dates surrounding the release of Resolution on their own Polestar label on 2 October.

Check out ‘Two Places (Dos Lugares)’ from the album here.

Initially reforming in 2002, Penetration have gigged steadily and released two singles for Damaged Goods, but have been reluctant to make an album until now. Completed with the help of a successful crowdfunding campaign, Resolution features former BUZZCOCKS drummer John Maher (a colleague of Murray and Blamire from their days in INVISIBLE GIRLS) plus guitarists Steve Wallace and Paul Harvey.

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The album was mixed by original guitarist Fred Purser, who also makes a guest appearance on lead single ‘Beat Goes On’, while the sleeve was designed by noted 4AD designer Vaughan Oliver, who was in Murray and Blamire’s class at school!

Penetration play….

Fri 18 Sept           Georgian Theatre, Stockton-on-Tees

Sat 19 Sept          Warehouse 23, Wakefield

Sun 20 Sept        Undercover Festival, Woking

Fri 16 Oct             Playhouse, Whitley Bay

Fri 23 Oct             Hairy Dog, Derby (TBC)

Sat 24 Oct            The Garage, London

Get your tickets here.

Formed in County Durham in 1976, Penetration released their acclaimed debut Moving Targets through Virgin in 1978, but split unexpectedly while promoting second album Coming Up For Air the following year. Murray and Blamire went on to collaborate with Maher, John Cooper Clarke and producer Martin Hannett in The Invisible Girls, while Murray also guested on THE ONLY ONES’ Baby’s Got A Gun and Blamire produced the sole album by underrated Scots post-punks SCARS.

Virgin are planning a box set of the band’s back catalogue for the Autumn.

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Portland, Oregon punks THE STOPS are set to issue their debut album this Autumn.

The five-piece, who cite “old school OC punk bands” like THE ADOLESCENTS and local heroes THE WIPERS as influences, recorded Nameless Faces at Red Lantern Studios in their hometown with producer/engineer Adam Becker. It was mastered by Portland native Daniel Hussayn (RED DONS, ROLE MODELS) at his Bomb Factory studio in North London.

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Nameless Faces is available from Dirt Cult Records via Bandcamp, with a European release on Sabotage Records later this month.

The Stops will be touring Europe during October, but only appear to have a few of the gigs in place. Get in touch with the band if you can help out. Dates are….

Fr. 2.10. Tübingen – Heimat To Hell Fest
Sa. 3.10 Munich – Kafe Kult
Sun. 4.10 Leipzig
Mo 5.10 Hamburg – Hafenklang
Tue 6.10 Cologne – AZ
Wed 7.10 Belgium/Netherlands/Germany
Thur 8.10 Paris
Fr 9.10 TBA
Sat 10.10 San Sebastian
Sun 11.10 Logroño – VILLATRUÑO SQUAT
Mo. 12.10 Zaragossa
Tue.13.10 Barcelona
Wed 14.10 Lyon
Thur 15.10 Geneve
Fr. 16.10 Basel
Sat 17.10 TBA
Sun 18.10 Vienna – Venster
Mo 19.10 Zagreb
Tue 20.10 Budapest
We 21.10 Brno
Thu 22.10 Berlin
Fr. 23.10 Hannover
Sat. 24.10 Bremen- G18 / Terrible Feelings

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