^ Upstairs ^
Tickets €13 including of booking fee go on sale Friday 2nd December from Ticketmaster
They sing of escapism, death and diving headfirst into relationships they know will destroy them. They make sumptuous, soulful rock music in a dour ex-munitions factory. They’re the fatalistic sound of the future. You are cordially invited to Palace, this generation’s most moving evolution in alt-rock.
From a dank art warehouse in Tottenham to the world’s most revered stages comes a band that merge the modernist guitar intricacies of Foals and Maccabees with the evocative depths of Nick Drake, Neil Young and John Fahey, Peter Green’s roots blues and the esoteric experiments of King Krule and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. What emerges on their debut album So Long Forever is an atmospheric swirl of sound and melody that shifts from gargantuan future stadium rock to lovelorn torch song like a storm at sea. “We wanted it to be really diverse,” says drummer Matt Hodges, “lots of ups and downs, massive epic moments then dropping down to intimate moments. I really think we’ve nailed it.”
Its ups and downs, though, are the result of four years of relentless ups. Having each received a fine grounding in 60s pop, classic folk, psychedelia and blues from their parents, it wasn’t until Dorset school-friends Leo, Matt and Rupert all separately landed in London in their early twenties that childhood suggestions of forming a band became a reality; in 2012 they first played together with Rupert on bass and reverb rattling the walls. “We knew we liked reverb,” Leo recalls, “so we very quickly bought reverb pedals and were like ‘this is the basis of our sound, something quite atmospheric and epic’. That was our starting point, emulating bands like Wu Lyf.”
They quickly came up with two of their most enduring songs ‘Veins’ and ‘I Want What You Got’, but it took a few line-up shifts before the Palace gates truly opened. Leo’s brother Wilby was reluctantly recruited on bass for a few sessions but left to concentrate on producing the band’s artwork, replaced by another old schoolmate Will Dorey. In need of a place to gestate, they discovered The Arch, a warehouse community of musicians, artists and designers in Tottenham where they took over a spray-painted room in an ex-munitions factory that had been used as a drug den. “There’s video footage of it, it was grim,” says Leo. “There’s mattresses and drug paraphernalia, it was a very dark place.” With the help of their fellow artists, Palace transformed the room into a “semi-functional” studio and rehearsal space by hand and set about recording songs in as “craggy” a manner as possible.
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AFTER THE GIG
Whelan’s Silent Disco, now every Mon, Tue & Wed from 11pm – 2 DJs, just pick the one you like best [Free Entry] plus Late Bar.