Penelope played their first pub gig in December 1996 at the Swanbourne Hotel to a receptive audience. Thinking they had something worth listening to they entered the 1997 Australian National Campus Band Competition and made it to the state final. “That was when we first really started to take things seriously” drummer Tim Beor explained.
Other achievements of note included: the semi-final of the 1998 Next Big Thing, winning the 1999 WAM Song of the Year ‘Love Category’ with “Spanish Fly”, and inclusion in the 1999 Eat More Perth Homegrown Calendar (their song “Betty” can be found on the accompanying CD).
Penelope played with many local favourites such as Beaverloop, Eskimo Joe, Turnstyle, Adam Said Galore and Red Jezebel and at most of Perth’s original music venues. The band had airplay on RTRFM, Triple J, and 100 FM, all before the release of their first EP titled Eleven.
Here is the EP ‘Eleven’.
Someone has uploaded some clips of them playing and an interview on the Channel 31 show ‘Music Revolution’ – nice!