Palma Violets discuss ‘youthful’ new album: ‘We’re a moment band’

Band say most of tracks from new album are original demos

Palma Violets have revealed that most of the tracks on their as-yet-untitled forthcoming record are original demos taken from the band’s writing sessions at The Doghouse studios in Wales, where Babyshambles have previously worked.

Speaking in the New Albums of 2015 issue of NME, which is on newsstands from tomorrow and available digitally, vocalist and guitarist Sam Fryer discusses the band’s “youthful sound” and their desire to release unedited, original music. “It’s best when everything’s fresh,” Fryer says. “We’re a ‘moment’ band. We’re still 21 or 22 and this record sounds youthful. As soon as we heard those 15 demos from The Doghouse, we knew we were making something great.”

The band also divulge that one of the songs on the new album, ‘Peter And the Gun’, has been written about a dream Fryer had “about Pete going on a rampage and killing the local farm boys. Eventually someone finds him in Manhattan just twiddling his guns and humming the words ‘Peter and the gun’,” he says.


Other tracks on the record include ‘Hollywood’, a surf-rock song which the band say is reminiscent of the Pearl & Dean theme, as well as ‘Danger In The Club’, which they say is “pub rock at its best”.

It was previously reported that Palma Violets said that their time away from touring has fostered a positive second album where the band can “look each other in the eye” again. Discussing the band’s cancellation of their American Deep South tour in order to record the new album, Fryers said: “We’d been on tour for a year and a half with 10 songs, so we desperately needed some new ones. More importantly, we had to learn to be friends again and look each other in the eye.”

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.

To check the availability of NME Awards Tour with Austin Texas tickets and get all the latest listings, head to NME.COM/tickets.


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