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ild and proud pub rockers Palma Violets are a chaotic bunch of young gentlemen. Teir gigs are a sweaty and


unreserved love-in and their latest album an absolute winner. I caught up with drummer Will, and had a chat about Wales, Nice Cave and working with John Leckie. I spoke to Will about what was good about Reading this year and the best time of his life in Wales.


You’ve been together as a band for 4 years now. What have you learnt about each other in that time? A lot! Learning how to live together and learning tolerance I guess. It’s not easy being on tour, but we’ve found ways of coping. We’ve all got our own bad habits. You just give up after a while in making yourself presentable to others, ha ha. We’re very frank with each other. You built up a huge fan base online before your first single came out…how did that happen as I know you didn’t release anything yourselves digitally that early? We didn’t put anything online, nothing at all. It was still at the time when everyone expected it of you as a band and that was the only way you could do it. We’d been together for a few months and we’d been getting some attention from playing live and we didn’t want to just put up some naff recording. Who do you find inspirational in terms of a


“We’re a swirling mass, just kind of charging forward”


38 / October 2015/outlineonline.co.uk


career in music? Always Nick Cave. Some people continuously change, like Bowie had different personas and was able to be someone else magnificently. Nick Cave has become a better version of himself whilst still staying the same. He blows me away. Your debut album 180 came out in 2013. What challenges did you have in making that album compared to the new one? Apart from just about being able to play our instruments, it was also a bizarre experience going into the studio for the first time. It changes everything when you do that for the first time; when you play live you play a song and then it’s gone, but when you’re in the studio working on it you go back and can hear everything. We had a lot to learn. Pulp’s Steve Mackey produced your first album and John Leckie your second. How did their working styles differ and how did the band react? Te first album was about capturing where we were at that point, either side of a tour. With John, he made us rehearse the songs. He came in and listen to us and he’d have an input into some of them. He fine-tuned a lot of it as he knew what would sound good and it gave us confidence when we were writing the songs. Danger in the Club is your second album and it came out in May. You went out to rural Wales to work on it…what was that


experience like? I would say that it was one of the best times of my life. Te others might tell you differently as it was very difficult. We’d just come off tour after two years. Friendships were being rebuilt, we were learning how to write again, but at the same time you just want to spend some time on your own and decompress but it was amazing for me. It was the perfect place to do it, and we spent a lot of time writing songs, some of which we didn’t use, but it was so important to get back into the cycle of things. It’s kind of a shambolic album; the title track feels almost drunk. I really like that kind of wildness amidst all the neat electronic pop that’s out there right now. We’re definitely like that, on the chaos side of things. Most people at our age are like that, whether they know it or not. Te whole playing in time thing is so hard. Te whole point of us is we push and pull against each other; we’re all going forward but we’re not all aligned. We’re a swirling mass, just kind of charging forward. It looks like the video for Danger in the Club was shot all in one take? Yes it was. We’d just watched the film Birdman. Sam said we should do a music video like that in the Te Pineapple in Lambeth as it’s a perfectly circular pub. It’s done in one take. It took a day to do and we had Roger Sargent who’s worked with Te Libertines on their videos helping us out. What’s the most memorable gig you’ve played thus far? It looks like things get pretty hectic. One of our first gigs was actually in Norwich upstairs at the Waterfront. I went downstairs and looked at the main room and thought, oh blimey, this is a big room for a first gig. Te rest of the band had me going, saying yeah, set up your kit downstairs mate. Ten the support band came along and told me we were playing upstairs but by that point all my kit was all over the floor! I was a little baby then, I was unaware.


Lizz Page


INFORMATION Palma Violets play at Te Owl


Sanctuary on 10th October as part of the Dr Martens Stand for


Something Tour 2015. Tey will also be playing instore at the Dr Martens shop earlier in the evening.


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