It’s pretty impossible not to get swept up in Palma Violets single “Best of Friends.” The rousing tune from the emergent British four-piece is the kind of Buzzcocks-y screamalong tune you pump your fist to as you’re slam-dancing around a packed and sweaty rock club. Of course it begs the question – does the rest of the buzz band’s music hold up? Or is this, like, Arctic Monkeys syndrome? As of this morning, Palma Violets is streaming their new full-length album, 180, so you can decide for yourself.
I’ve got this to say: their single is certainly a tough act to follow, and making it the first track on the album is either foolhardy hubris or massive confidence in the ten tracks that follow. And, so far, I’m thinking it’s the latter. I definitely annoyed everybody in my general vicinity by drumming along to the punchy beat on “Set Up For The Cool Cats,” and now I’m humming to the swaggery sing-song “All The Garden Birds.” Solid stuff. Listen below, and see what you think. And hey, you might want to have this link handy – since the band is playing Johnny Brenda’s on May 8, and it’s bound to sell out well before then.