Persil made its BBC Radio 1 debut in 1998, when John Peel played a track from the first demo. Later he played many tracks in his BBC shows, including 8 from Duotone. Persil recorded three Peel sessions.
Debut album Duotone, featuring a duet with Damon of The Swirlies, was released in 2004. Persil supported The Wedding Present on nine UK dates.