Palma Violets Setlist
05/01/13 Chicago, IL Schubas Tavern
05/02/13 Cleveland Heights, OH Grog Shop
05/03/13 Toronto, ON Lee's Palace
05/06/13 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
05/07/13 Washington, DC Rock And Roll Hotel
05/08/13 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda's
05/09/13 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall
05/10/13 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
05/25/13 London, UK Victoria Park
06/07/13 Nuremberg, Germany Zeppelinfeld
06/08/13 Nurburg, Germany Nurburg Ring
06/14/13 Newport, UK Seaclose Park
06/15/13 Landgraaf, Netherlands Megaland
06/25/13 Borlange, Sweden Peace & Love Fest
07/04/13 Werchter, Belgium Festivalpark
07/07/13 Belfort, France Eurockeennes Fest
07/13/13 Kinross, UK Balado
07/18/13 Benicassim, Spain Benicassim Fest
07/27/13 Bankstown, Aus North Byron Parklands
08/04/13 Chicago, IL Grant Park
08/10/13 Osaka, Japan Maishima Outdoor
08/11/13 Chiba, Japan Makuhari Messe
08/24/13 Reading, UK Richfield Avenue
08/25/13 Leeds, UK Bramham Park
Palma Violets' 180, according to Brody is the "best album so far." Hey, guess what? It just so happens that Palma Violet is doing a North American tour (and they are stopping by Minneapolis!) ..…
Richie Follin’s Guards opened the night up with smoke machines, minimal lighting, and their “evil power-pop”, as Follin describes it, promoting their debut full-length, In Guards We Trust (Black Bell Records). Follin previously played in his sister Madeline’s band, Cults, but this is truly a project all his own. Expanding live to a five-piece, the band deftly employed its whisper-to-scream brand of guitar rock, amp volumes moving from 1 to 11 on tracks like “Nightmare”; “Coming True”; “Resolution of One” and “Silver Lining”.
The songs came across as more raw than on record, but solid and more appropriate for a live setting. Follin even requested all the lights down near the end, in a prog-like instrumental that had him waving his guitar everywhere, searching for interesting feedback sounds. With ‘Ready to Go’ on regular local radio rotation, Guards is living up to the song’s title.
With their name inspired by a classic British tablet confection (a la Smarties or Necco), Palma Violets hit the stage like hard candy after Violent’s hype-man intro, with a ferociousness and devil-may-care abandon, in support of their debut, ‘180’ (Rough Trade US). A mix of Clash, Ramones, early Libertines, and Wu Lyf; "Chilli" Jesson (bass), Sam Thomas Fryer (guitars/vocals), Pete Mayhew (keys) and Will Doyle (drums) opened loud with ‘Johnny Bagga’ Donuts’, and immediately followed that with the bouncy ‘Rattlesnake Highway’. ‘All the Garden Birds’ showcased Fryer’s baritone, playing off bassist Jesson’s snarling screams and frantic playing energy.
Their music is purposely imperfect, driven by the gusto, abandon, and wrecklessness of youth, and the desire to whip the room into a frenzy. This didn’t fully strike the audience until mid-set with the driven beat of ‘Chicken Dippers’ and the ear-infecting first single, ‘Best of Friends’, that had heads nodding and the center of the floor pogo-ing in unison.
While their sound is more an update than re-invention of guitar rock; as a band, Palma Violets aren’t quite yet in full bloom, but have planted the seeds for something potentially extraordinary.
Palma Violets at 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis (04/30/13)