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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.

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Friday 24th July

Splendour In The Grass feat.
Blur + Florence & The Machine + Mark Ronson + Of Monsters & Men + The Wombats + Tame Impala + Peking Duk + Ryan Adams + Flight Facilities + Royal Blood + Death Cab For Cutie + Earl Sweatshirt + Boy & Bear + Porter Robinson + The Dandy Warhols + Xavier Rudd & The United Nations + Azealia Banks + The Rubens + Jamie T + Pond + Spiritualized + Alison Wonderland + Thundamentals + Best Coast + Everything Everything + San Cisco + MS MR + Jarryd James + Purity Ring + Allday + Carmada + The Grates + The Smith Street Band + Tkay Maidza + Johnny Marr + Last Dinosaurs + Megan Washington + The Vaccines + #1 Dads + The Church + Kitty + Daisy & Lewis + King Khan & BBQ Show + Alpine + Catfish & the Bottlemen + Paul Mac + Dustin Tebbutt + Mo (artist) + Years & Years + Jenny Lewis + CW Stoneking + Seekae + George Maple + Elliphant + Client Liaison + Palma Violets + Safia + Hayden James + Dune Rats + Wolf Alice + Meg Mac + Cosmo's Midnight + Marmozets + Oh Mercy + Mansionair + The Districts + Shlohmo + Elizabeth Rose + The Delta Riggs + Circa Waves + Nancy Whang + Eves The Behavior + Urban Cone + Art Of Sleeping + Japanese Wallpaper + Bad//Dreems + Ecca Vandal + Holy Holy + UV B

North Byron Parklands, Ocean Shores

Monday 27th July

The Vaccines + Palma Violets + Splendour Sideshows

Corner Hotel, Richmond

Tuesday 28th July

The Vaccines + Palma Violets + Splendour Sideshows

Metro Theatre, Sydney

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