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Palma Violets


For a long time if you wanted to hear the most exciting new band in Britain, you knocked on a tall black door off the Lambeth Rd. An aging British Rail building - part art studio happening, part squat – Studio 180 was where south London’s Palma Violets were gestating, away from sunlight and the world at large. A thrilling rock'n'roll four piece channelling The Clash, ? And The Mysterions and the Bad Seeds, from September 2011 they were holed-up here writing songs "their friends could dance to" and occasionally putting on celebratory, ecstatic parties about which word quickly spread. Unsurprisingly, it didn’t take long for record labels to catch on and in the first few months of 2012, Palmas Violets were courted intensely. From the outset, though, they only ever wanted to sign to one, and that was Rough Trade. Rough Trade released the band’s debut single in Fall 2011. The A-side “Best Of Friends” is a raucous and exhilarating blast of primal rock’n’roll, featuring Jesson singing the lead. The B-side “Last Of The Summer Wine” – recorded later with Pulp’s Steve Mackey – showcases the other side of the band, drenched as it is in keyboard player Peter Mayhew’s oscillating organ surges and singer Fryers’ heavily reverbed and deeply evocative vocal. When it came time to record the album Palma Violets headed into the studio - located on an old boat in East India Docks – with Rory Atwell (formerly of testicicles). He worked on half the album with them and the rest was recorded with Steve Mackey from Pulp at the Fish Factory and RAK. As already noted, there’s a difference between trying to do something and actually doing it. For The Palma Violets, everything they do comes from a real love of music and a need to communicate feelings on a forceful basic level. They’re not a product of 2012 moodboard culture, they’re a pure elemental force. Palma Violets debut album, 180, is set for release, via Rough Trade, on March 19



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