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ARTIST OF THE MONTH: HONDURAS
May 31, 2015 6:41 pm

If you’ve been to see a hard rock show in the last month, Honduras has probably opened it. The Brooklyn based quartet has recently opened for Metz, Fidlar, Sunflower Bean, Twin Peaks and Blurr. Honduras seems to be playing a new show before you can even sign on to Twitter and hear about it. Perfectly blending surf and indie rock with punk, vocalist Pat Philips calls on the ghosts of little anarchists such as The Ramones or The Sex Pistols.

In textbook punk rock fashion, the Brooklyn based band (by ways of Missouri), doesn’t have much of a musical background other than just playing guitar “because there was one around my friends’ house and I fell in love” says guitarist Tyson Moore.

Pat and Tyson have been writing songs together for ten years. “Maybe it was weird collaborating when we first started out but I don’t remember, we always agree,” Tyson jokes. They have some unexpected influences considering the spirited anarchism in their music, citing Tom Petty and Wilco. Pat even went through a hip-hop, free style rap phase in adolescence. Clearly being in NYC has distinctively shaped their current sound. “I didn’t go through a true punk rock phase until I lived here” Pat says, “that’s when I got into Lou Reed, the history of CBGB and all that shit.”

“I think Pat is really good at pushing personality through in his vocals, which makes it unique and easy to get into” Tyson remarks. “A lot of bands get stale to me because of their vocals”. When writing together “Pat will usually come to me with a basic idea, and we’ll sit in my room and make a shitty ProTools demo with fake drums just to shape it and get a better idea what it sounds like” Tyson says. “When we first started out, chillwave and MGMT were really big, so we have been holding on for a return to guitar and bass music.”

Their track “Ace” is the perfect anthem for this comeback. The song could almost pass for a high-strung surf rock tune until you hear “destroy” shouted over and over again, with angst, to really drive the point home. The song, while wearing a mask of screaming bravado, is really just about personal weakness and feeling vulnerable with someone. “You’re my ace….destroy destroy destroy.” Many of the songs on the band’s album, Morality Cuts, express the same heartfelt, personal sentiments and are expressed through shouting vocals and the drone of an electric guitar. Honduras harnesses the universal quality of punk music that has been lost. Everyone has their demons, but we all have the same urge to dance, shove and scream when one of these songs play. Pat says that he uses his songwriting to work through things in his life, which is the opportunity Honduras affords the listener. The songs on Morality Cuts bare personal feelings with repression ecstatically escaping through every strum of the electric guitar.

When Atypical Sounds saw their show at Baby’s Alright last month, the band performed their new single Paralyzed. The track holds a trademark that has that raw, in your face attitude and serves as a promising preview to their upcoming album, entitled “Rituals” which we can look out for this July.

Photo credit: Brock Fetch 

Written by Alessandra Licul 

Palma Violets Rock Out at the Music Hall of Williamsburg
May 27, 2015 4:58 pm

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.

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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.”

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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. 

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“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.”

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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.”