It’s about time Palma Violets had a new album out. After touring debut 180 for the past three years, 2015 sees the release of the new album Danger In The Club.
180 was a rough and ragged album but it was full of emotion, like flicking through drunk photos 10 years after they were taken. Danger in the Club follows suit, but everything feels more together (although still with a sense of pandemonium) which might be down to two factors: firstly, Palma Violets recorded the new album at the infamous Rockfield Studios in Wales, which enabled them to achieve a much cleaner sound; secondly, they could simply have improved as musicians since their debut release.
Opening track ‘Hollywood (I Got It)’ harks back to 180 with its gritty riffs and bassist Chilli Jesson’s screams in the background. The energy generated by Palma Violets throughout the album is incredible, and the title track exemplifies this. There are chants of “ooh ahh” throughout the chorus which sounds like rampaging pirates sharing a bottle of rum after looting a ship.
Somewhere on the Palma Violets tour bus there must be a scrapbook of icons – they seem to have taken elements from bands like The Jam, The Clash and T. Rex and put a modern twist on them. These influences are showcased on ‘Girl You Couldn’t Do Much Better’, with its reckless sound combined with the subtle, faint organ whine.
You would be a fool to think that the album just focuses on guitar riffs and pounding drum beats. Track ‘The Jacket Song’ sees the band stripped down to an acoustic guitar. Its minimalist approach and its position on the album strikes a perfect balance between ‘in your face’ rock and more subtle emotive tracks. Palma Violets have achieved a youthful and joyful sound on their second album, which has the power to make you reminisce. It feels like a proper moment, and when a band have hit the dizzying heights that their first album promised you feel a huge sense of achievement even though you didn’t write the album. ‘Gout Gang Go’ is a fresh blast which starts with a slightly funky bass intro but then explodes as all the elements combine. Danger In T
he Club still has those typical chaotic elements which will mean that these songs will have a huge impact when they are played live.
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