Palma Violets: ‘We had to learn to be friends again’

Band discuss taking time away from touring to record new album

Palma Violets have said their time away from touring has fostered a positive second album where the band can “look each other in the eye” again.

Speaking in the New Albums of 2015 issue of NME, which is on newsstands from tomorrow and available digitally, Palma Violets’ vocalist and guitarist Sam Fryer discusses the band’s cancellation of their American Deep South tour in order to record their forthcoming, as-yet-untitled new album in Wales. “We’d been on tour for a year and a half with 10 songs, so we desperately needed some new ones,” Fryer says. “More importantly, we had to learn to be friends again and look each other in the eye.”

Fellow singer and bassist Chilli Jesson adds: “A lot of bands write second albums about how hard it is on the road. We had time and space and that means we’ve come back with a much more positive record.”

The band recorded their new material at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, Wales, a studio that has previously been host to the likes of Queen, Oasis and The Stone Roses. Jesson says Stone Roses producer John Leckie, who led Palma Violets to the rural studio, “gave us a lot of confidence”. “Before he produced ‘The Stone Roses’ he’d done things like Magazine, The Fall and The Adverts, who were the big one for me. He has a really good ear and he’d tell us to keep going when he heard a snatch of a great idea,” he says.

Palma Violets’ debut album ‘180’ – named after the number of the house in Lambeth, south London where the band have thrown impromptu gigs and parties – was released in February 2013. The band are headlining the NME Awards Tour 2015 with Austin, Texas, with Fat White Family, The Amazing Snakeheads and Slaves completing the bill on all dates.

The NME Awards Tour with Austin, Texas dates are as follows:

Sheffield Leadmill (February 19)
Leeds O2 Academy (2)
Newcastle O2 Academy (21)
Glasgow O2 ABC (22)
Nottingham Rock City (24)
Manchester Ritz (26)
Oxford O2 Academy (27)
Birmingham Institute (28)
Bristol O2 Academy (March 2)
Portsmouth Pyramids (3)
London Forum (4)

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