Album Review: Palma Violets ‘180’

Posted on: April 2nd, 2013 at 12:03 pm by

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Remember hearing “Last Night” by The Strokes for the first time? It may have been on the radio, perhaps your in-the-know friend introduced you, or maybe you were in a waiting room and a stranger with headphones came over to you and said, “You gotta hear this one song. It’ll change your life, I swear.” Regardless, if they caught your ear, they also probably stopped you in your tracks. To say The Strokes reinvented garage rock would be an understatement – their debut was loud, energetic, and so damn catchy. But their influence on the genre has been hashed out countless times, so what’s the point in blathering on about it? The point is that Palma Violets are this, and they have the potential to be the next Strokes. A bold claim, yes.

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[Photo: Philippe Mazzoni]The Violets are from London and have two frontmen. Their lyrics are somewhat ambiguous like The Strokes but take on a more Interpolish vibe, leaving much open to interpretation. But the real proof is in the musical pudding. They sound like the Libertines and have the fluctuation and emotion of Morrissey. The vocals also have an echoing distortion about them, and are sometimes executed via shouting. Awesome. The keys are organ-like and the electric guitar is gritty and tight. Words don’t do it justice, so whet your appetite below.

Palma Violets’ debut, 180, revives stripped-down garage rock and sends it in a whole new fuzzed out direction. Their popularity continues to grow; their song “Best of Friends” was NME’s song of the year and they also scored Best Band 2012 from them. They were also on Later… with Jools Holland a few months ago. They played SXSW and will make their east coast rounds in early May. 180 is out on Rough Trade now. Get in on these guys before they blow up. They’ve certainly got us dancin’ in the sun.

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