Indie four-piece and BBC Sound of 2013 nominees Palma Violets are crossing the Minch today to perform in the Woodlands Centre, Stornoway, tonight.
Hotly-tipped, the group initially received interest due to its unique marketing – or lack thereof. In Septepmber 2011 if you wanted to hear the most exciting new band in Britain, rather than searching online you knocked on a tall black door off the Lambeth Road.
Part art studio, part squat – Studio 180 was where south London’s thrilling rock n roll four piece Palma Violets were holed-up, writing songs their friends could dance to and throwing celebratory, ecstatic parties about which word quickly spread.
“We didn’t want to put ourselves on Facebook, Youtube or the internet because we hadn’t recorded any songs,” explains singer Sam Fryer. “We were making this noise together in a room for fun and that’s where you had to experience it.”
Debut album ‘180’ - produced by Steve Mackey (Pulp) and Rory Attwell (Test Icicles) released on Rough Trade – is named after the studio where the band’s story began and captures the live energy of these formative shows.
NME declared it to be ‘the new soundtrack to your life’; ‘Q’ as ‘one of the best debut albums of the decade’, and the lead single, ‘Best Of Friends’, a raucous and exhilarating blast of primal rock’n’roll featuring Jesson singing the lead, was named NME’s Track Of The Year in 2012, with the magazine calling it ‘one of the most instant singles to ever be released.
Tonight’s Woodlands’ gig looks set to be one that’s not to be missed!