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1998 - current


alternative, indie rock


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Electronic duo from Amsterdam that has risen out of the ashes of the band Sonetic Vet. The duo is more popular abroad (especially the UK) than in their home country. They release singles on the UK label Shifty Disco and also record several sessions for BBC DJ John Peel.
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Martine Brinksma   elektronica, zang
David Lingerak   elektronica

Former members

George van Wetering   basgitaar
Kasper Gerlach   basgitaar

Mentioned in the biography of

1997   Sonetic Vet
2003   zea
2005   Pfaff

Biography Persil

Electronic duo from Amsterdam that has risen out of the ashes of the band Sonetic Vet. The duo is more popular abroad (especially the UK) than in their home country. They release singles on the UK label Shifty Disco and also record several sessions for BBC DJ John Peel.


Sonetic Vet-drummer David and singer Martine enter a Pixies cover competition. Their rendition of Isla de Encanta ends up the on the album Death To The Pixies.

Sonetic Vet


Persil A Persil demo comes to the attention of the UK label Shifty Disco. The result is a single called Agony Aunt.


BBC DJ John Peel plays the single regularly in his show and he also invites Persil for one of his renowned sessions. Between February 8 and 11 the duo performs in Nottingham, London and Oxford.


Persil contributes to the compilation album Hometaping Is Illegal (And It's Killing Music) that is released on Living Room Records.


Persil After a short UK tour and a second Peel session the EP Snapcracklepop comes out on the UK label Star Harbour.


Persil In January Counting Backwards Leads To Explosions/Mum is released. It is a split-7" with Amsterdam band zea. On stage Persil is backed by bassist Kasper Gerlach, formerly guitarist with Sonetic Vet.



Persil Early February Persil's full-length debut Duotone is released on the Transformed Dreams label. The album includes a duet with singer Damon Tutunjian from US band Swirlies. In March Persil plays at the South By South West (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. Op April 15 Persil records its third John Peel session for BBC Radio 1 in London's Maida Vale studio. It is broadcast on May 11, four days before its next UK tour. A meeting with Blondie in New York leads to a support slot of a Dutch show in Tilburg's 013 on June 29. Kasper Gerlach leaves the band so that he can concentrate on his solo project Megaphones. Bassist George van Wetering (who also plays in the Amsterdam/Hamburg band Monokino) joins Persil on stage. In October Persil travels to the US for the second time this year. The band plays in Cambridge, Easthampton, Washington DC and Providence. In Washington and Easthampton Persil shares the bill with label mates zea.



Persil Bas Jacobs (Pfaff, ex-Seedling) plays bass at various gigs in the spring. In the end of February the band supports the Wedding Present on its UK tour. After this extensive tour it plays seven more gigs in the UK, five of which with Welsh band the Melys. Especially for the UK the four-track EP Tune-Up comes out. Initially, it's only available at the concerts. In November the duo tours the UK for the second time in 2005. This time Persil plays live in the North of England and in Scotland. Scottish Internet radio station Radio Magnetic broadcasts a band special on its Fallout programme. The same station airs Persil's Kirkcaldy show the next month. During this tour Persil concentrates on tracks of the upcoming new album.

Pfaff Seedling


Persil Second album Comfort Noise is released on May 15 in Holland, while a UK release follows well a month later. In support of the new album Persil embarks on its seventh UK tour in April. Among others the duo plays at Aberdeen's GoNorth-Festival in ('Scotland's own SXSW') and at XFM-organised Tigerfest Festival at Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline. By the end of July Persil performs live at the Truck-Festival in Steventon, near Oxford. Both Persil and zea are invited by the BBC to record a live session in the Maida Vale Studio's in London. The sessions are in the middle of a tour of the UK by both bands.


Persil's live session from October 4, 2006 in Maida Vale is broadcast by BBC Radio One in the night of 17 and 18 January. In January the duo kicks off a short tour of the Netherlands and Belgium together with British band Das Wanderlust. A session on February 14 for the London-based independent radio/internet station Resonance FM is reason for a short tour of the UK. The tour includes shows in Newcastle, Cardiff and Brighton.


On 15 January there is a special Persil podcast session from Great Britain for the monthly Internet programme/podcast of Peter Nelson on Womb Radio.

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