Since then, the Isle of Man-via-Brighton quartet have continued to forge a world of their own – one where dreamy noise-soaked guitars, hypnotic harmonies and curious chord progressions unreel in a timeless haze to create something immersive and deeply cathartic.
On the back of psych-touched debut album teaser ‘Chlorine’, we caught up with siblings Jack and Lily Wolter who co-front the band to talk influences, gigs and music recommendations.
How would you describe Penelope Isles to a stranger?
Lily Wolter (vocals/bass/keys): “Just asked my mate next to me on the sofa and he says “bloody brilliant”.”
Who are the biggest influences on your sound and why?
Jack Wolter (vocals/guitar): “Big bands for us are The Thrills, Pixies, The Magic Numbers, Pavement, Grizzly Bear and Radiohead.”
What was the best gig you’ve played so far?
Jack Wolter (vocals/guitar): “End Of The Road last year was a dream! Such an amazing place. We played and stayed in the coolest hostel in Hamburg called Superbude a few months back. To get into the show you had to bring cake! We met some family that night we had never met before too!”
You’re based in Brighton – what’s your local music scene like?
Lily Wolter (vocals/bass/keys): “Pretty great! It’s a really small city with so many music venues of all sizes. We are lucky to have some great promotors like Acid Box Promotions, Melting Vinyl and Love Thy Neighbour, that keep fun and creative gigs happening! B-town bands to watch are Good Guy Clarence, Squid, Lost Horizons, COMMANDS, Blush and The Garden Centre!”
Who are the THREE other new artists we should listen to right now and why?
“Hannah Cohen, Lowly and CIEL.”
And finally, what does 2019 hold for Penelope Isles?
“We are stoked to finally start seeing some crazy parts of the world! America, Finland, Slovakia and Ukraine are all on the list. Also psyched on the release of our debut album. We can’t wait for people to hear it.”