Hey, look who is back on this space in live form, Palma Violets. Yeah, you've known about them and how insane they are as a live act because you follow me and my international exploits. Yeah, the music snobbery lifestyle begs me to tell you that this is my second time seeing, but first in the U.S. I'm glad everyone is having a good time during 3-night Brooklyn jaunt this month. So for me, this was revisiting my cracking good time I had with them in Edinburgh. I'll just copy and paste the text from back then onto this post, just to see if you notice
It was 80% the same show from October. It took the Brooklyn crowd a few songs for them to wake up and start getting into it. Edinburgh crowd was rioting the first song. It happens. The band's performance was about on par from back then. They don't hold back. It all stems from Chilli Jesson, bassist and sometimes lead singer. They may look and act sloppy, but man, they crank out the hits with flare. As far as I can remember, they played the same songs 'Rattlesnake Highway", "Summer Wine" "Best of Friends", "14", "Tom the Drum". They definitely played longer tonight, a good 45 minutes of crowd pleasing, riot-inducing garage rock.
Basically, the show enhanced my appreciate for the band, their rough around the edges performing, spot on tunes and their good time attitude. This is the time to see them, in the small venues, before the dick heads of the world become fans and ruin the shows. They have the chops to make legions of new fans this year, who are just starting to come around.
The show made me itch more for their debut album, 180, out next month on Rough Trade (not sure when the U.S. release will be). It's going to be Top of the Pops, you knows it. Now, I want to see them outside of the BK scene, like in Hoboken or Philly, so I can see the crowd reaction. I anticipate it will be the same.
To end, the major difference between the two times I've seen them, the end time. Tonight, midnight, Edinburgh - 9:30pm, and it had two opening acts. COME ON. Fucking NYC, end these damn things at a normal time.