Palma Violets brought the NME Awards Tour 2015 with Austin, Texas to a close last night with a high-energy show at The Forum in London’s Kentish Town.
Bassist and co-frontman Chilli Jesson told the crowd it was “good to be back on home turf” midway through a 13-song set in which the band kept chat to a minimum. The Lambeth four-piece played two songs from their forthcoming second album: title track ‘Danger In The Club’, for which they were joined by manager Milo Ross on harmonica, and the punky ‘Girl, You Couldn’t Do Much Better (On The Beach)’.
Many fans were crowd-surfing or on shoulders in time for the closing trio of ‘We Found Love’, ’14’ and their customary cover of the Hot Nasties’ ‘The Invasion Of The Tribbles’.
Preceding Palma Violets on the Forum stage were the Fat White Family, with frontman Lias Saudi topless from the off. Opening with fan favourites ‘Auto Neutron’, ‘Is It Raining In My Mouth?’ and ‘I Am Mark E Smith’, the band tore through a set which concluded with ‘Touch The Leather’ and ‘Bomb Disneyland’.
Kent two-piece Slaves were second on the bill, and performed in front of large illuminated cut-out letters spelling out their band name. Frontman Isaac Holman made his feelings about playing the show clear by shouting: “What a pleasure! What a privilege! What an honour!” before leading the crowd in chanting the name of their new single ‘Feed The Manta Ray’. After playing it, he declared: “What a silly and stupid song!” Live favourite ‘Where’s Your Car, Debbie?’ received one of the biggest reactions of the night, before the band closed with ‘Hey’.
Peterborough three-piece The Wytches opened the show, having been late additions to the tour following the split of The Amazing Snakeheads on the eve of the tour. Their grunge-metal provided the night’s heaviest set, which opened with ‘Beehive Queen’.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015, the annual tour had previously called in Sheffield, Leeds, Newcastle, Glasgow, Nottingham, Manchester, Oxford, Birmingham, Bristol and Portsmouth.
Palma Violets played:
‘Danger in the Club’
‘All The Garden Birds’
‘Girl, You Couldn’t Do Much Better (On The Beach)’
‘Tom the Drum’
‘Best of Friends’
‘Step Up For The Cool Cats’
‘Last Of The Summer Wine’
‘Johnny Bagga’ Donuts’
‘We Found Love’
‘Invasion of the Tribbles’