Skip to main content

Album Reviews


Music > Album Review


Palma Violets
- 180

In all honesty, it feels rushed, and what would sound grand in a sloppy den of slovenly depravity sounds like one hundred other lesser-thans. Next.

Apr 16th 2013 | Label: Art As Catharsis
London hipster fodder Palma Violets were doomed from the get-go. Not their fault, necessarily – the quartet of pretty young things were content to plug away under the radar, throwing ramped-up house shows for their mates in Lambeth (the house number of which makes up the title of their debut album). They defied internet presence, weren't privy to a slick PR squadron, nor had a bevy of art/wank black-and-white band photos of them swanning about all filled with youthful disdain in their back pockets.

But NME and their diseased brethren needed a new rock saviour, and in Palma Violets they had the right concoction of irreverence, melodicism and innate Englishness that gets them into an embarrassing lather once a month. It was a matter of time before the band were plastered with all the superlatives, wrapped up in glossy adulation and held aloft the heaving masses, 2013's Simba.

180 is, at the end of the day, pretty perfunctory. Again, not entirely the band's fault – there are a lot of promising factors here. The ebullient shambolism of opener Best Of Friends is a good rock song, making you feel young and stupid all over again; the haggard flailing roar of Chicken Dippers dips the toe into darker depths a la Murder City Devils (and arguably the best song here); the Clash aping of Johnny Bagga' Donuts is actually rambunctiously effective rather than offensively derivative. But the rest of the album feels either ill-conceived, ill-equipped, or just plain lazy. In all honesty, it feels rushed, and what would sound grand in a sloppy den of slovenly depravity sounds like one hundred other lesser-thans. Next.

Comments

Related Articles


Live > Review

Palma Violets Northcote Social Club Andy Hazel

Palma Violets Northcote Social Club Andy Hazel


Poster IT

Connect with The Music

Subscribe to Daily Newsletter

Galleries

<span>Soulfest</span><br />Victoria Park, Sydney

Soulfest
Victoria Park, Sydney

<span>DZ Deathrays</span><br />Fowlers Live

DZ Deathrays
Fowlers Live

<span>Richard In Your Mind</span><br />Lansdowne Hotel

Richard In Your Mind
Lansdowne Hotel

<span>Missy Higgins</span><br />Crown Theatre

Missy Higgins
Crown Theatre

<span>Jay Whalley</span><br />The Civic

Jay Whalley
The Civic

<span>The Meanies</span><br />The Roller Den

The Meanies
The Roller Den

<span>Miley Cyrus</span><br />Allphones Arena

Miley Cyrus
Allphones Arena

<span>Nils Frahm</span><br />Sydney Opera House

Nils Frahm
Sydney Opera House

<span>The Griswolds</span><br />The Metro Theatre

The Griswolds
The Metro Theatre

this week's magazine

Digital Version
Airlie Beach Music Festival Australasian Worldwide Music Expo Beyond The Valley BIGSOUND Bleach Festival Blue Mountains Music Festival Blues At Bridgetown Bluesfest Breakfest Brisbane Festival Brunswick Music Festival Bruthen Blues & Arts Festival Caloundra Music Festival Campfire Festival CoLAB Deni Blues & Roots Dungog Festival Earth Frequency Festival Fairbridge Folk Festival Falls Festival Falls Festival Falls Festival Festival Of The Sun Follow The Sun Festival Future Music Festival Future Music Festival Future Music Festival Future Music Festival Future Music Festival Gorgeous Festival Great Southern Blues Festival Gympie Music Muster HyperFest JamGrass Music Festival Jungle Love Music & Arts Festival Just For Laughs Let Them Eat Cake Listen Out Listen Out Listen Out Listen Out Lost Paradise Manifest Melbourne Music Week Meredith Music Festival Mitchell Creek Rock 'n' Blues MOFO Mullum Music Festival Nannup Music Festival Noosa Jazz Festival NYE On The Hill Originals Music Festival Out On The Weekend Outlet Music Festival OutsideIn Paradise Music Festival Poison City Weekender Port Fairy Folk Festival Queenscliff Music Festival Rainbow Serpent Festival Riverboats Music Festival Rottofest Soulfest Soulfest Soulfest Soundwave Soundwave Soundwave Soundwave Southbound Splendour In The Grass St Jerome's Laneway Festival St Jerome's Laneway Festival St Jerome's Laneway Festival St Jerome's Laneway Festival St Jerome's Laneway Festival Stereosonic Stereosonic Stereosonic Stereosonic Stereosonic Strawberry Fields Subsonic Sugar Mountain Festival Sydney Country Music Festival Sydney Fringe Festival Tamworth Country Music Festival The Blurst Of Times Festival The Hills Are Alive Toowoomba Carnival Of Flowers UNIFY: A Heavy Music Gathering Valley Fiesta WAM Festival WOMAdelaide Woodford Folk Festival Yours And Owls

The Music Store

Australasian Music Industry Directory
The ultimate print sourcebook for all the contacts…
Jun 18th 2014
Arts Advertising Packages
The Music Arts Packages provide promotion in The Music…
Jun 18th 2014
Indie Band Advertising Packages
The Music Indie Band Packages provide promotion in…
Jun 18th 2014
Galleon Krueger for Sale
Galleon Krueger Bass Amplifier. 1001RB As new, current…
Jul 12th 2014
Jazz guitarists wanted for weekend jams.
We are a bass and drums unit rehearsing in St Peters…
Jul 12th 2014
Premier Sydney Punk/Rock Band seeks Drummer
One of Sydneys Premier Punk Rock Bands seeks energetic…
Jun 18th 2014

Listen