Palma Violets lay waste to The Middle East.
Palma Violets swaggering, ethereal, psychedelic fury was unleashed to an unsuspecting crowd at The Middle East.
The band comprised of Sam Fryer (vocals, guitar),Chilli Jesson (vocals, bass),Pete Mayhew (keyboards),Will Doyle (drums), was more than excited to be touring the U.S for the first time ever.
Earlier in the day they visited the WFNX studio for a chat on everything music, band history and strange local news.
Although the crowd was understandably tame because of the lack of officially released material, the band was more than happy to deliver songs no one had really heard before with all the youth, energy, defiance, excitement, camaraderie and just plain joy that is so desperately missing from most bands nowadays.
The high point of the show came during "Last of The Summer Wine" when lead singer/bassist Chilli graciously asked for the crowd to raise and shake their hands in unison to a rising cymbal crash, you could see the pleasure and surprise in his eyes when damn near everybody did as told.
The two front men were very reminiscent of The Libertines own two front men, falling in to each other in a playful yet musically focused manner, while Pete Mayhew's synth/organ lines gave the music an unexpected spiritual uplift, and Will Doyle's drumming was as powerful and driving as it was loud.
Although one might think a new band with few realeased songs would save their best for last, "Last Of The Summer Wine" was placed in the middle of the set, and Palma Violets somehow managed to outshine themselves song after song, each one being better than the last one.
The New Highway Hymnal now a tight 3-piece band opened for Palma Violets and delivered their brand of psychedelic, doomy and slightly gothic garage rock with icy intensity, finishing in grand fashion making a hot mess of distortion, feedback and reverb.
All in all the below freezing temperature (the coldest day in two years by the way) could not contain the Rock & Roll that was graciously given by both bands.