With the release of their recent album “Danger in the Club,” Palma Violets have been traveling to bring their music to fans all over the globe. Having already played in the big apple back in March this year, they came back to the city to play a few more shows. I had the opportunity to chat with the drummer Will before their show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.
They kicked off their visit with an acoustic session at Rough Trade, which was the second acoustic session they’ve ever done.
“First successful one we’ve put on I think. It takes a while to get into, especially going from live to the acoustic ones. It took us a few times to get it right.”
So what is it that brings them back to the city?
“Most of it is the history when you’re playing here. You know you’re in good hands and there’s such a good music scene as well.”
While queueing up for the show, I witnessed MANY underaged kids who got their fake ID’s taken by security who couldn’t get in the venue. “All of our shows at the moment are 21 and over here. The younger kids are allowed to come to the gigs in the UK. We probably have young fans here in the US, but we rarely meet them.”
The first time I got to see them was at Baby’s All Right two months ago, and they gave a show that was as wild as ever! Knowing that they have a tight schedule packed with shows almost everyday, I wasn’t sure if they’d be able to live up to those expectations. I clearly underestimated them, because they were rockin’ out like it was in their blood! The level of energy in the room was unbelievable.
A group of guys created a mosh pit in the center of the crowd, tossing their beers everywhere, unable to contain their excitement. Palma Violets were running back and forth on stage, sweating like crazy as if they just finished a 10k. It was clear that everyone came to have the time of their lives.
“I think it’s honest when you go on stage. There’s a little bit of showmanship in it, in a way. You wanna just move about. But even if there’s one or a thousand people, you still get the same thing. It has to be on that certain level.”
Palma Violets’ tunes have a very authentic British-Punk Rock sound that sort of remind you of The Clash or The Sex Pistols. A lot of heavy guitar and beating drums. As Will sums it up in one word, their sound is “ETHEREAL”.
You’d think that they’d listen to a bunch of punk rock songs and do all the things a ‘rock-star’ does, but they weren’t afraid to put their alter-ego out in the open.
“We’re all big fans of ABBA. I think anyone who says they’re not is in denial. Also, Pete’s writing a children’s book and he’s writing the music for it at the moment.”
These British lads don’t have much time to go out and explore when they have shows booked back to back, but when they do, they love doing all things tourist.
“We went to Beacons. We went near Steve’s house and he took us near a waterfall and we went swimming and it was brilliant! We also went to this place that was on ‘Diners Drive-Ins and Dives’. We felt like real tourists. We got chicken sandwich and cornbread. It was super American and intense.”