ALBUM: Palma Violets ‘Danger In The Club’


For the past two years, London based quartet Palma Violets have seemingly spent their time convincing the music world that raucous indie boy pop is far from dead. With the release of their highly anticipated follow up album, Danger In The Club, Palma Violets manage to not only underline why there is still a timely and much needed place for decent guitar music in 2015, but just how fucking superbly it can be done.

The glorious single ‘Best Of Friends’ shot the group to fame after they met at Reading festival in 2011. Becoming an anthemic wonder, the track proved to be just the starting point for a band who are only comparable to the likes of gigantic rock and roll players Libertines or Arctic Monkeys. With all the hype around the second release it must have been very easy to feel the pressure of producing a stereotypically polished, matured effort, however much to their credit, Palma Violets have stuck to their guns and undeniably created something that is on the contrary; the boisterous post punk tinged Danger In The Club.

Opening with the brief rendition of the 1951 hit by Tennessee singer Dinah Shore is track ‘Sweet Violets’, that sounds like it’s been recorded bleary eyed in a London pub somewhere, a clear effort of highlighting where the remaining 40 minutes of ‘Danger In The Club’ would be best listened to. Following ‘Hollywood (I Got It)’, doesn’t argue with the gallant, urgency of its predecessor, with the blaring ‘’I can do anything’’ sang to rebel rousing riffs. It’s a track that is going to be one of those fantastic crowd pleasers at any Palma Violets live setting. Grinding to an unexpected halt ending, third track ‘Girl You Could Do So Much Better (On The Beach)’ is a short, snappy blazing affair that continues the Palma’s wild abandon. Title track ‘Danger In The Club’ continues the none too subtle lad-pub references with its anthemic blaring chorus showcasing bassist/vocalist Alexander ‘Chilli’ Jesson deep notes, that encourage arms-around-shoulders-swaying sing-alongs.

‘Coming Over To My Place’ provides a well needed sit down with a humbler beginning. “I would rather die, I would rather die than be in love” is sang in gravelly notes that eclipse into yet another crescendo of chant worthy choruses. ‘Secrets Of America’, ‘The Jacket Song’ and ‘Matador’ are the token development songs for the cliché ever so tricky second album. Lyrically each track explores a different depth that hasn’t been previously seen on ‘180’, with tales of unwanted love, apologetic longing and a “please don’t go” ethos. Comparatively, ‘Gout! Gang! Go!’ contains more of the Palma Violets trademark youthful playfulness, with thrashing drums, fist thumping melodies and the odd scream. A lackadaisical effort is exuded in ‘Walking Home’ and ‘Peter And The Gun’, with all of Palma Violets dance worthy indie charm. Recent single ‘English Tongue’ closes the record, with its battling guitar sounds and lengthy melodic keys set to the raw, chaotic beats that encourage yet more lary chanting hysteria.

Danger In The Club is a gallant effort from the London lads who are seemingly yet to give in to growing up. A manic energy and reckless musicology makes for perfect laddish pub listening, that is more than likely going to be heard chanted in a street near you soon.

Danger In The Club is released on 4th May via Rough Trade Records. 

Katie Muxworthy

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