Palma Violets- 180- Rough Trade
London’s Palma Violets are another hotly tipped band who did actually enter into the album chart reaching no. 3 (well according to HMV) and are highly rated by the NME, winning Best New Band and Best Tracks of 2012 with ‘Best of Friends’. And I can see why. They are have magnificently re-vamped Rock and Roll and Garage with sprinkles of Post-Punk.
Single ‘Best of Friends’ opens the album with raw energy, its scratchy, sharp and fast with passionate uncontrolled vocals, chiming organ. The whole song shouts enthusiastically at you, begging you to join the party it’s sparked. ‘Step Up For The Cool Cats’ is an amazing track; simple organ, tambourine, crashing cymbals and fuzz guitar with this big chorus and catchy riff. It’s the outcast kids with shaggy hair in black suits and skinnies “dancing in the sun….” ‘All The Garden Birds’ and ‘Tom The Drum’ have a more stripped back 50’s rock and roll feel with calmer echoed vocals. The songs are fun and witty, full of time changes and sudden explosions of noise.
‘Chicken Dippers’ opens ominously with echoed banging and a grand church organ which continues throughout the song as drumbeat like running feet joins while the chorus is fast and furious with squealing guitar. It’s another optimistic love and friendship fascinated album. ‘Last Of The Summer Wine’ is romantic and mature contrasting nicely with ‘Johnny Bagga’ Donuts’ which is another big, fast, angular track, very reminiscent of PIL and The Sonics. ‘Three Stars’ is a calmer reflective track that brews slowly, giving you goose-bumps, mostly consisting of deep mature echoed vocals and comforting guitar. The end track ‘14’ is a grand as expected, with big fuzz guitars, church organ shimmering and united howling voices, bringing together all their talents into a crescendo of noise.
The entire album has this wonderful grainy under-produced quality to it, like it was recorded live in a bit empty room. It’s a proud and confident album filled with talent and hope, truly enjoyable.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poFXWUTEs1k - Best Of Friends
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGSUl0RbK5Q - Last of The Summer Wine