Published on April 22nd, 2015 | by voxx0
Palma Violets play Hull!
Palma Violets have quickly become firm favourites on the indie scene and their April 20 performance is proof as to why. Rallying guitars and belting vocals fill the air as Palma Violets enter the stage to what must be an almost capacity venue. The floor creaks and the room shakes as the crowd sparks to life. The delivery is fast paced and thoroughly enjoyable as they drag you kicking and screaming on a journey through gentle soaring melodies to rowdy chanting, framed with cutting in your face guitar. It’s like the Libertines meets the Sex Pistols for the match on a Saturday afternoon.
While far from innovative it is difficult to fault them while they fire out song after song of their riotous indie rock anthems with near perfect execution. They exude confidence and the energy in the place is infectious.
Unlike many indie rock bands to have appeared and quickly fizzled out in previous years, Palma Violets are far more refined than the pretenders and more focused on style over substance. The performance is solid, the songs catchy – confident but not forced. Even when the band slow down for a quieter number the quality is consistent, the craftsmanship visible. It is nice to see and never feels to out of place amidst the rough guitar driven material.
Genre mashing mid set we are treated to short bursts of experimental psychedelic guitar, pounding riffs and honky-tonk piano conjuring images of the Clash, The Jam and Jim Hendrix – although that may be in part to do with Lead Singer Sam’s hat and scarf combo.
All in all Palma Violets are definitely one to keep an eye on this year. It’s no holds barred indie rock and roll at its finest and while it may not be anything Earth shatteringly new it is near impossible to deny the quality of the work and passion coursing through them on stage.
- Photos: Rowan Zynoni
- Words: Luke Goodhand