The 15 years it took US rockers Guns N’ Roses to make their notoriously-troubled sixth album, Chinese Democracy, is about to be knocked into a cocked hat by punk veterans Penetration.
The North-East group, formed in Ferryhill in County Durham and together from 1976 to 1979 and since 2002, release their first album for almost four decades this week.
Called Resolution, it’s a belated follow-up to their second album, Coming Up for Air, a No 36 hit 36 years ago.
That’s a whopper hold-up outdoing even the 34 years it took their heroes the Stooges to follow up their 1973 classic Raw Power, home to the track that Penetration took their name from, with 2007’s The Weirdness.
Financed by a PledgeMusic crowdfunding campaign and recorded in Newcastle, it will be released on the band’s own label, Polestar Records, on Friday, October 9.
The only other album released by Penetration over the course of their 39-year, on-off career was their 1978 debut, Moving Targets, a No 22 hit, though Race Against Time, an official bootleg, followed in 1979, and Don’t Dictate, a compilation, came out in 1995.
Virgin Records is now planning to put out a retrospective box set too.
Singer Pauline Murray and bassist Robert Blamire are the only members of the original line-up left, though former guitarist Fred Purser does make a guest appearance on the new LP.
They are joined by drummer John Maher and guitarists Steve Wallace and Paul Harvey.
Murray, 57, said: “We felt we had taken on a mammoth task from the outset, and we approached it with faith, determination and resolve.
“The title matches the name Penetration and also sounds like revolution.
“It has a feeling of completing a circle, and when you get to the end and put it back on at the beginning, it all seems to fit together.”
Penetration are hitting the road to promote Resolution and can be seen at Playhouse Whitley Bay on Friday, October 16.
Tickets, priced £15, can be bought at www.playhousewhitleybay.co.uk
North Shields band the Middens will be supporting.