Music Notes September 2013

September 29, 2013 at 3:14 pm (Uncategorized) ()

1. Nirvana – In Utero (Twentieth Anniversary Edition)

You have to admire Nirvana for In Utero. Instead of releasing Nevermind II, they put out a much more abrasive album. How they would have evolved is a matter for conjecture given that this turned out to be the final release. Twenty years on, In Utero still sounds pretty good. The extra tracks vary from fascinating (the Steve Albini stuff for example) to things which are, well, a little harder to appreciate. Not sure if the causal fan wants this, but completists will.

2. Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight The Harder I Fight, the More I Love You.

I know deluxe items can be cash-ins, but the deluxe version of this one comes as a hardcover picture book with a couple of extra songs including a lovely version of Robin Hitchcock’s “Madonna of the Wasps.” There’s also a Nico cover as part of the regular album which is interesting too. The rest of the album is Ms. Case’s blend of country-pop and torch songs. Lovely.

3. Johnny Thunders – Have Faith

Johnny Thunders was a guitarist of incredible talents, but even more incredible appetites. And those ultimately did him in. I saw Thunders a year or so after this live record was recorded, and he was dreadful. There are countless Thunders live albums both official and bootleg, but this was a pleasant surprise. A mixture of Doll, Heartbreakers, Dolls and solo stuff turn up here along with a few Bo Diddley covers and only the Stones and Dylan songs are weak. A reminder of how, beyond the junkie chic, Thunders loved rock and roll.

4. The Clash – Give Em Enough Rope

Sandwiched between The Clash and London Calling, Give Em Enough Rope is often overlooked. It’s a shame because it is a great record. From the surging opener “Safe European Home” to the Final Closer All the young Punks, the album lays out all the classic aspects of the Clash including their penchant for self-mythologizing.  Listen closely and there are clues to where the band is coming from and where they’re going to,

5. Hugh Baker and Yuval Taylor – Faking It: The Quest for Authenticity in Popular Music

Found this one in the discount tables at a local big box bookstore, and it seemed worth a look. The question of authenticity is dear to any fan’s heart, and especially those inhabiting a particular sub-culture. In punk, “Sell-out” was the worse insult to fling, although what exactly a sell-out is seems to vary (remember Mark P’s comment that punk died the day the Clash signed to CBS? Of course, Perry also later admitted that the first Clash album was the soundtrack to his life, so go figure.) So who really is authentic and who is a poser?

6. Tonight – “Drummer Man”

All the way back to February of 1978 when I was a little lad of 13. Tonight were “power pop” or if you prefer “new wave” TOTP band (cleaner than the punks, but borrowing some of the energy), and this was their sole hit. Not sure what they were rebelling against, but it was a nice little noise while it lasted.

7. Pup – “Reservoir”

Ferocious young Toronto punk band. Ultra-catchy but not in a sucky pop-punk way (sorry Sum 41,, blink 182 etc) : Fresh sounding hardcore for the masses. Check out their bandcamp page

8. The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses demos

I know this is old news, and I plugged this when it was released a few years back, but I had a reminder of the power of music this week.  I noticed “Stones Roses” scrawled across a hand this week. A conversation led me to discover the person had just come across the band and the that the tunes were making their way through the circle. The great thing about music is that it doesn’t always have a sell by date. A great record can be discovered by new generations and sound just as fresh as when it originally came out. True these demos are not the utterly breath-taking finished versions, but they are a fascinating listen.

9. Sub Pop is 25.

Wow! The label that brought us songs by Mudhoney, Screaming Trees, Metz, Sebadoah, Soundgarden, Nirvana and many many more. 25 years? Man, I’m getting old.

10. Nirvana – Live and Loud DVD

OK, if you shell out for the super-deluxe edition you get this anyway, but let’s assume you didn’t. This is a still necessary reminder of how vital a band Nirvana were live.

And spare a thought for the lads of One Direction. For at least a year, my daughter was a huge One Direction fan. Their tune echoed through the house on a daily basis. A week or so back, I picked up the  new 1-D single “Best Song Ever” My daughter was appreciative, but essentially uninterested. The thing sat by the CD player for ten days, unplayed before I returned it. Come in number seven, your time is up.

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Upcoming Fall Shows

September 23, 2013 at 10:00 pm (Uncategorized) (, )

It’s a good job I’m working again as it allows money for shows. The summer was a bit dry, but the fall concert series is shaping up.

Frightened Rabbit are playing Kool Haus on October 17. I’ve seen FR twice this past year – at the Mod Club and at the Phoenix, so I’m a little worried that it might be overkill and that the larger venue won’t be as thrilling. But what the hell, they are terrific.

Kid Congo Powers is coming to the Horseshoe October 24. I saw him open for Urge Overkill at the Horseshoe a few years back, and I might have seen him with the Cramps in the eighties, but I can’t be certain. Fun band and a great venue.

Into November and the Crocodiles come to Lee’s Palace Well, the Jesus and Mary Chain have been around for a long time, so why not have more feedback laced pop? Quite looking forward to this one.

Lastly, the Kills play the Music Hall December 11. They don’t seem to have new product, but I’m happy to see ’em again. A pretty fantastic live band.

Future looks bright!

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Music Notes June 2013

June 29, 2013 at 10:20 pm (Uncategorized) ()

After the last couple of columns about old stuff, here’s New Music Month! New Music Month! And videos too!

1. Sudden Death of Stars – “I’m not among Believers”

The joke about Cornershop was they were the Jesus and Mary Chain with sitars. OK, how about Spacemen 3 with sitars. My general preference is young, loud and snotty, but there’s something about drone that hooks me in.

2.Sigur Ros – Kveikur

OK, to tell you the truth, I can’t remember any song title let alone pronounce one by Sigur Ros. Nevertheless, as I said about the drone thing, there’s something hypnotic about them. I heard one album ad before I knew it I was getting all of them and learning whatever I could about Iceland. The video is from the Tonight show.

3. Primal Scream – 2013

The first track on Primal Scream’s new record More Light is a return to form. After the back step of Riot City Blues and the sidestep of Beautiful Future, both of which had their moments, this is the Scream back on top. Great song and a creepy video with bondage and butterflies (they’re beautiful insects, but they also weird me out)

4. Beat Mark – “What I want the most”

A pop group from Paris that simultaneously sounds as if they are a Brit indie-pop band recording in California. I’ll admit I’ve not been fond of French pop, but the stuff is growing on me (yeah, I know this is Anglo sounding, but I stand by my point)

5. Noah and the Whale – “Heart of Nowhere”

OK, like the violin, and the song is catchy, but for me the appearance of Anna Calvi on the record is the real reason to listen. New album coming soon.

6. Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo – Dear River

The new record from the tremendously talented Ms. Baker is out on July 8. Please listen. Please buy.

7. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Mermaids

While Grinderman was sweaty, gritty fun, this is really the sort of thing I expect from Nick Cave. These immensely sad, personal songs. Quite beautiful. I’m not religious, but who can resist a line like “I believe in the rapture because I’ve seen your face…”?

8.  Nine Inch Nails – Come Back Haunted

I’m adding this one even though I don’t really like it. To my ears, it’s not terrible, but for the first half it’s unremarkable, and only serves to highlight how much more interesting Rezner’s side project How to Destroy Angels is. Oh, and WARNING: The Video is full of strobe effects which can cause seizures in some. Directed by David Lynch though.

9. M.I.A. – Bring the Noize

For a moment I dared to hope it was a cover of the Public Enemy song, but hey, it’s fun M.I.A. stuff. Electronica, rap, eye-straining visuals, profanity, odd politics etc. (Hey Richard – if you still read this blog let me know what you think)

10. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Sacrilege”

Ooh, a video withoout Karen and the boys. Had to watch it twice to work it out. Lovely song though.

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Music Notes May 2013

May 29, 2013 at 11:32 pm (Uncategorized) ()

Last weekend I drove to Montreal. My car doesn’t have an MP3 player and I don’t like to listen with ear buds when I’m driving, so it was to the CD I turned.

Drive up Friday night; drive back Saturday night. Six hours each way. Music selection is very important, and I usually go with a theme. This time, I revisited the music of my youth, English punk (sort of) from 1977 to 1980. (For the purposes of who knows why, I haven’t included anything I’ve written about in this list)

1. The Clash – Clash on Broadway” (disc 1)

The Broadway box set is going to be replaced by a ridiculously expensive Soundsystem later this year, but this is still a fairly representative set (neither box features anything from Cut the Crap). Starting with some demos, the disc runs through the first album and singles from the ferocious “White Riot” right up to the inspiring “(White Man) in Hammersmith Palais, ” arguably the finest thing they ever did.  The disc ends with a live version of the Bobby Fuller Four song “I Fought the Law (a single version of which was actually released after the second album, which is where the second disc comes in). One of punk’s finest moments.

2. Crass- Stations of the Crass

And then there’s Crass. Imagine if the Clash has taken their politics seriously, but instead of deciding to expand their musical canon had kept to a narrow punk ethos. There you have Crass who produced some of the angriest and let it be said thought-provoking music around. The opening song “Mother Earth” was the first Crass song I heard (albeit a John Peel session – included here), and Stations opens with this song about child murderer Myra Hindley. I was shocked to discover I still knew all of the words to this blistering assault.

3. UK Subs – Crash Course

The Subs were one of those bands who found a formula they liked and then stuck to it. They also had the novel idea of naming their albums alphabetically. Crash Course was number 3. After half the band quit, the band released this big noisy live greatest hits package for the fans. I wouldn’t want to listen to the Subs every day, but it’s a great sing along in the car.

4. The Lurkers – The Punk Singles Collection

The Lurkers were unfairly labelled the British Ramones. The band released a flurry of singles culminating with the truly wonderful “New Guitar in Town /Little ole Wine Drinker me. ” Then, three years went by and when a new single was released singer Howard Wall was gone and the band had regressed to a simple, but not unappealing punk sound. You can turn off the CD at that point for the most part. Sometimes you only have one album, maybe two.

999 – The Punk Singles Collection

So you see I have a lot of these records. 999 are actually appreciated better on 45 than on a LP. This one has all the hits, yes, yes “Homicide” is there. The band never really cracked the big time and were never among those punk bands that people copied (a bit like the Lurkers then), but for their 15 minutes of fame, they were quite lovely (a lot like the Lurkers then)

6. The Ruts – Something that I Said

The Ruts were a second generation punk band who really should have been stars. They released a terrific debut called “In a Rut, ” and followed it up with an actual hit single called “Babylon’s Burning.”  More singles followed: driving punk, but also a reggae sensibility. They would have been huge, except for singer Malcolm Owen’s drug problem, which killed him in 1980. The band continued, but it was never the same. A great band, and a real tragedy.

7. The Members – Live at the 1980 Chelsea Nightclub –  The Choice is yours

The Members were a pop-punk band with sing along choruses and a dry wit that produced two hit singles, “The Sound of the Suburbs” and “Offshore  Banking Business.” This record is a compilation of the first two records. Fun, stuff although the album ends with a completely unnecessary version of Larry Wallis’ “Police Car.”

8. Ultravox! – Ha Ha Ha

If you’re ever in a conversation with someone and they rate Midge Ure’s Ultravox over John Foxx’s, walk away. The three albums Foxx recorded, channeling Bowie and Roxy Music are so good… This second album is clearly the transition. Sure it contains punky new wave-like “ROkwrok” (sic.), but it also contains beautiful synth classics like “Hiroshima Mon Amour.” Not punk, but part of that creative maelstrom.

9. Siouxsie and the Banshees – The Scream

Siouxsie of course was one of the punks at the Bill Grundy show, having played her first show at the 100 Club Punk Festival with Marco Pironi and Sid Vicious in the band. But there was always something troubling about the band. Siouxsie’s use of the swastika, the casual anti-Semitism of “Love in a Void” and even “Hong Kong Garden” makes me uneasy. But then there’s this. A simply stunning debut built upon Siouxsie’s demon yelps, and the power duo of John McKay’s guitar and Kenny Morris’ drums. Sorry, but after they quit, the band never had that raw energy. Obsession, anti-fascism (better late than never), mental illness, nicotine addiction and a terrifying cover of  “Helter Skelter.”

10.  The Sex Pistols – The Great Rock & Roll Swindle

Years from now, your kids will ask you, “What about the Sex Pistols?” Swindle isn’t the place to start, but it should be part of your explanation. It’s the good, the bad and the ugly. Those Johnny Rotten demos, the Cook, Jones and Vicious singles and then the weird stuff McLaren put in to rubbish the idea. Download it, burn it, make your own mix with the rubbish thrown out. Ah well.

 

Bonus: Savages – Silence Yourself

This wasn’t in my CD player on the trip and it doesn’t fit the criteria above, but it’s too good to wait until the end of June. If you found yourself thinking the Palma Violets were too rock ‘n’ roll, this might be the thing. Feminist post-punk. Coming back to Toronto in July, but unfortunately, I’m out-of-town.

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The Return of the Palma Violets – The Lee’s Palace Review

May 4, 2013 at 10:00 pm (Uncategorized) ()

It’s not often I see the same band twice in a year, but last night I went to see the Palma Violets for the second time. This time promoting ann album and in a bigger venue to boot. I saw the band in January at the Horseshoe Tavern where they played a brief but energetic set to a half full venue. This time it was to the larger Lee’s Palace that the band brought their manic pop thrills.

Still, when we arrived a little before 10, the place seemed pretty empty. Maybe a hundred of so patrons milling around waiting for openers Guards I listened to some of their stuff online, and as sufficiently impressed to want to show up early for their set. Hard to pin down, but a sixties garage influence along with a few other things thrown in. The live set was a bit more free-ranging, and along with those influences there were a few prog-rock freak-outs. It’s been quite a while since I’ve sen a smoke machine used in a club, and by the end of the set it felt as if I had been transported back to the old days were everyone smoked in clubs. Energized, we waited.

11:45 and the Palma Violets took the stage. In many ways the performance wasn’t much different from the Horseshoe gig, except their cockiness had grown and they were playing to a few more people. The band ran through all their songs in about 37 minutes with a two song encore that  reminded me, and this is not a put-down, of a punk rock One Direction: a really together group having a good time doing what they do best. The band’s energy infected the audience and the audience responded animating the band further. Especially during the encore when Guards returned and at least one audience member made it to the stage All this and a cover of “Invasion of the Tribbles” by Calgary’s Hot Nasties (OK, I had to google that!)

I’m not sure if the Palma Violets have a long career in front of them. Sometimes the flame that burns twice as brightly, burns half as long. But, it’s always great to see a band in that initial stage, when they are full of energy playing as if their lives depended upon it.  Maybe they don’t want us to be their girl, but I’m happy to be their best friend.

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Music Notes April 2013: A Salute to the E.P.

April 29, 2013 at 9:27 pm (Uncategorized) ()

Something different this month.

Back in the day, before the MP3, there was the single, the humble seven-inch record. One song on each side. An “A” side and a “B” side. Three minutes of heaven. And there was album the album. Between four to seven songs per side judging from my collection, and a run time of about 15 to 20 minutes per side.

Oh that wasn’t all. There were also three song singles (the shortness of punk recordings often meant ann extra track on the b-side) , and the 12 inch single which often added an extended version of the A side (usually better sound quality too).

Finally, there was the EP. Also seven inches, but with four or more songs and usually lasting anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes. Often, the EP had no title song, so it felt a little like a mini-album (then there were mini-albums, but I digress). As long as music was recorded on a physical entity such as vinyl or even CD, the format could endure, but with the advent of the download and the playlist, the EP concept faded. (Oddly, the single has endured,  even nas it was undermined by the CD. Vinyl’s back too!) I suppose the I-Tunes session is a sort of equivalent, but it’s a poor substitute.

Here’s a few favourites.

1. Buzzcocks – Spiral Scratch

Was this the first self-released punk record? Four songs with Howard Devoto singing. Minimal overdubs. Sweaty, exciting fun. Boredom.

2. REM – Chronic Town

It’s easy to forget after REM became rock stars just how revolutionary their early records really were. Jangle pop. Gardening at Night.

3. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Is Is

Five thumpy songs from Karen and the boys. I still like their new records, but there’s rawness to these records which can’t be beat. Rockers to swallow

4. The Clash – The Cost of Living

The lead song is I Fought the law but the other three tracks, including the re-recorded Capital Radio are lots of fun. The EP also contains a 30 second Clash “radio” spot and a gatefold sleeve.

5, The Pogues – Poguetry in Motion

The middle record in the Pogues triumvirate of classics. You’re my London Girl. (Watch for the body of an American to appear in episodes of the Wire)

6. Arcade Fire – Arcade Fire EP

OK, those later records don’t cut it in the same way, but the first few releases by Arcade Fire are terrifyingly good. This one is cheating. At 35 minutes, it’s really an album.

7. The Fall – Slates

I wonder if this is worth anything. I still have my copy of this on 10 inch vinyl. No? OK. From their early period of greatness (or is that grateness?) When they used to be called Mancibilly.

Pavement – Slay tracks

More kids listening to the Fall, but with America ears. You’re killing me.

9. Big Black – Bulldozer

Say what you like about Steve Albini, he makes a fearsome noise. Cables!

10. The Rain Parade – Explosions in the Glass Palace

I think I had this on 12 inch vinyl once upon a time. Can’t find it now. Early eighties paisley underground. The guitar player would later start Mazzy Star.

Enjoy these and all the others. Recommendations?

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Easter Sunday with Frightened Rabbit; a review

April 1, 2013 at 12:53 pm (Uncategorized) ()

Rabbits and Easter just go together. At one point in last night’s Frightened Rabbit show at the Phoenix, singer Scott Hutchison asked if he was right that most of the audience at the sold-out show had the next day off work. You’d have thought it, as it sure seemed like Saturday night then (Footnote: as I write this Monday morning, yes I have the day off, it’s both Easter Monday and April Fool’s Day, and there are snow flurries. Only in Canada you say?)

Opening band Wintersleep (is there a more Canadian band name?) came on stage just after nine. Now five albums in, the band formed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2001. It took me a couple of songs to get into their sound, but after ten minutes or so, it was easy to see why they would be playing with Frightened Rabbit. The same emphasis on solid tunes and compelling vocals. The band played a forty minutes set of pop, folk and some moody tunes that were quite lovely.

Frightened Rabbit came on at 10:15. And over the course of their eighty minute set (and three song encore), they charmed us, they amused us, they…entertained us. If you listen to the records, you could be forgiven for thinking the band was a bit, well, serious, but that wasn’t evident last night. Scott and the lads were clearly enjoying themselves, and quite often when you have that, there’s a symbiosis with the audience, which produces something really special. Nothing perfunctory about that  show.

I saw Frightened Rabbit last year at the much smaller Mod Club. Sometimes, it’s a danger to see a band you love too often in too short a space of time (First Aid Kit, I’m talking about you – Anna Calvi, you’re lovely, I could see you again and again). That wasn’t the case. Frightened Rabbit gave it their all, and it sounded entirely fresh. If you haven’t gotten hold of Pedestrian Verse, do it (and give the band some money for it!). And try to check out their films about US and Scottish tours Here and There. you won’t regret it.

NB: forgot my camera, so no pictures on this one. But hey, what about all of you recording this on your phones? Aren’t you going to upload it to You Tube?

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Thao and the Get Down Stay Down: Live in Toronto!

March 31, 2013 at 5:14 pm (Uncategorized) ()

It’s been a couple of months since I was at Lee’s Palace. Lee’s is one of those places where if it’s not full, it seems empty. That said, even though the bar was only about two-thirds full last Wednesday to see Thao and the Get Down Stay Down  along with Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, it felt as if they place was the site of a big party.

Sallie Ford

Sallie Ford comes from Portland, Oregon. Their new album, Untamed Beast, is the band;s second, and is well worth your dollars. The band took the stage about 9PM and for the next fifty minutes led us through songs which ranged from rockabilly to ballads and everything in between. Modest in stage manner, they quickly own over the crowd with unpretentious, straight-ahead rock ‘n’ roll.

Headliner Thao and the Get Down Stay Down came on at 10:15. If Sallie Ford was relatively stationary, Thao was the opposite. She never stood still. Bopping and bouncing round the stage while performing songs from her new album We the Common.

Thao

Thao’s set lasted about an hour, but within a few minutes both bands were back on stage to perform a cover of the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby” and then they were gone.

There’s quite a contrast. Sallie Ford the rock ‘n’ roll traditionalist; Thao Nguyen the eclectic. However, both bands put on shows which quietly but effectively pulled in the audience and left us with a warm feeling as we went out into the unseasonably cold night.

Be My Baby

Encore! Encore!

 

 

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Music Notes January 2013

January 31, 2013 at 10:23 pm (Uncategorized) ()

Here we go, here we go…

1. How to Destroy Angels An Omen EP

Saw Nine Inch Nails at the first Lollapalooza festival in 1991. Hated them. Never impressed with their work. Having said that I love this band, who of course, sound nothing like NIN. This release is eve more atmospheric and spooky than the previous release. Very nice.

2. Tame Impala – Lonerism

Historically I’ve not been much for psychedelic freak-outs; I prefer the stripped down sound. However, Have to admit that all the buzz about this one got to me. Quite seductive.

3. Ice Cube – Everythang’s Corrupt

Think back, long before Ice Cube was a cuddly commodity in family friendly features like Are We There Yet? Yeah, think back when the cops really really hated him when he spat lines like “crazy motherfucker called Ice Cube in a gang called…” well, NWA. this sounds just as angry. Guitar by Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine. Watch the video here.

4. LCD Soundsystem  – Shut up and play the Hits

I mentioned this when it was released as a film last year, but the home release adds the entire concert.

5. The Liminanas – Crystal Anis

Psychedelic pop-rock from France. Very groovy.

6. The Strypes- You Can’t Judge a Book by Looking at the Cover

Ah, remember the days of the British R &B boom? Remember when R&B meant bands like the Stones or the Yardbirds. Skinny English boys who worshipped American blues musicians who were more or less unsung heroes in their homelands. Not any record made by an African-american artists which can’t be labelled rap. Well, if you crave that old-school sound, meet the Strypes. Nice B0 Diddley cover.

7. The Rolling Stones – “One More Shot”

The other new song on the new Stones comp. Not as strong as Doom and Gloom in my opinion, but it will probably convince some people that the Stones are still relevant. The song isn’t terrible, but it sounds like a lot of the stuff the Stones churn out.

8. David Bowie – “Where are We Now?”

I was as excited as everybody else when I heard Bowie was releasing a new record. Even more so when Mojo gave it a plug. Yet…I have to say it doesn’t thrill me. It kind of meanders and there’s no real pay off. I’ve heard it quite a few times, but it doesn’t reach me. Do I need my hearing checked?

9. Thau and the Get Down Stay Down

Love the name. Folk-rock from California by way of Virginia. Playing Lee’s Palace in March. Sunny day sounds.

10. Sleater-Kinney – The Woods

It’s funny how some things sit undisturbed and when you play them, you think, “Why aren’t I listening to this all the time?” The final album from Sleater-Kinney. Louder and crunchier. Give it a listen. My copy came with videos!

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Palma Violets in Toronto – A Brief Review

January 25, 2013 at 3:03 pm (Uncategorized) ()

Nothing says trying to relive your youth like heading out to a downtown bar on a work night to see the latest English buzz-band. But there I was. Still, it was the Horseshoe  Tavern (one of the best places to see live music in Toronto),  it was Friday the following day (so almost the weekend), and the word about the  Palma Violets was so good,  it seemed like a good idea.   

I missed the opening band Always, but caught the last three songs of the second opener Decades. The band played a  melodic pop that reminded me of early eighties Canadian new wave. The half-full Horseshoe responded appreciatively. 

Then onto the main event. The Palma Violets formed in England in 2011, but it was last year that their star began to rise. The New Musical Express championed them as the band to watch. Now, between the ages of 14 and 17, I read the NME every week; religiously. I loved the paper, and it’s still worth  a read (I just subscribe to the newsletter now), but one of the annoying things about the paper is the build-them-up-knock-them-down syndrome. Maybe that’s what Palma Violets are in for soon, but for now they are definitely buzz-worthy. Based on the live show and a 7 inch single, “Best of friends,” the band created an intense buzz. so much so that they’re touring North America without a full length album, and pointedly at the horseshoe show not even a merch table.

So.

Very quickly, the Horseshoe was full. I had already staked out my spot near the front of the stage, so when the band came on stage at 11:00 I was ready to be impressed. But the first song didn’t do it for me. It was good, but ramshakcle in its deliver. Good, but not exactly transcendental. “That was just for practice” muttered bass player Chilli Jesson. Oh yeah? Yeah, because suddenly they were “on” and each song (sorry no song titles from me not even Setlist.com could help) seemed better from the last.  The band played a kinetic garage punk, but with keyboards, rolling drums, and extended guitar parts, the band showed it wasn’t afraid to flirt with psychedelic and even prog sounds. And we responded.

The band played a tight forty-minute set with no encore (the price you pay for seeing new bands,- they only have so many songs), and things were done by quarter to 12. I’m not sure if Palma Violets will last or whether they are simply the flavour of the month; I will predict though that their first album, our on Rough Trade records in February, will be quite amazing.

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