Penetration to bring Moving Targets to The Magnet



Ahead of Penetration’s visit to the Magnet at the end of March, Getintothis’ Roy Bayfield thinks they still have what it takes to draw in a new generation of listeners as well as rewarding the dedication of loyal fans.

In 1976, inspired by seeing The Sex Pistols perform earlier that year, England’s first North East punk band was formed. The band was Penetration. In three years during the height of the punk/new wave music scene, Penetration released Moving Targets (one of NME’s 1978 picks of the year) and the slightly less well received Coming Up For Air, albums that remain truly loved by their fans.  After this initial success, the members of the band went on to concentrate on other projects, most notably Pauline Murray’s work with The Invisible Girls.

After a gap of thirty-six years, Penetration came back with their 2015 album Resolution, which ventures into a more pop side of their music. For young people who didn’t grow up in the punk era, this album is a window into the energy and innovation still flowing from that scene.  The thread of authenticity visible in Pauline Murray’s work is powerful and its ability to create a voice that connects with the punk DIY ethos is something worth seeing on stage.  If you wonder if a band can still be fresh and relevant thirty-six years between albums, check out the comparison of then and now below.

Proving their music is still as relevant as ever, Penetration bring their talent and passion to Liverpool’s The Magnet on March 31.

Penetration then…

Penetration now…




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