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Palma Violets

About Palma Violets

Palma Violets are an English band formed in 2011. The lineup is composed of Sam Fryer (vocals, guitar), Chilli Jesson (bass, guitar), Pete Mayhew (keyboards) and Will Doyle (drums). Their sound is primarily based around the rock genre but they often veer off into a Garage Rock and psychedelic sound. Their first single "Best of Friends" was voted NME's song of the year for 2012. Their debut album is currently scheduled for release on the 25 Feburary 2013. Much like the Arctic Monkeys, the band gained a huge fanbase online before even releasing their first single - with multiple live videos of their gigs being uploaded by fans. The band are signed to Rough Trade Records, the same label as The Libertines were signed to. Palma Violets have often been compared to The Libertines with their frontmen, Chilli Jesson and Sam Fryer, having a similar onstage relationship to Pete Doherty and Carl BarĂ¢t of The Libertines. Chilli Jesson has said that they formed the band because "We suddenly realised…that the majority of the bands we saw…well, you couldn't fucking BELIEVE in them. You couldn't FEEL anything from them. When I got to a gig, I want feeling, so from that moment we decided we wanted to go in and fucking write some songs that people could fucking feel." Palma Violets will appear on the NME Awards Tour 2013, along with Miles Kane, Django Django and Peace. They performed their first TV performance on Later... with Jools Holland, where they played "Best of Friends", "Last of the Summer Wine" and "Tom the Drum".

On 9 December 2012, the BBC announced that they had been nominated for the Sound of 2013 poll

LMFM Says: 
The fact that Palma Violets are our favourite sweeties has only inspired this selection a tiny bit. Signed to Rough Trade Records and with a tidy mention on the BBC 'Sound of 2013' poll to their name, Palma Violet's unique psychedelic sound is nothing short of glorious. The band have had a decent 2012 and it was their live presence that saw them snapped up by the aforementioned Rough Trade Records. Will they propel indie-music back into the charts in 2013? We certainly think so.

Just check out their recent performance on Jools Holland for proof.

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