Last year UK-based band Palace were busy finding their place, and they went about it well, they had daytime spins on BBC Radio 1, a ‘Next Hype’ from Zane Lowe, repeat plays from Huw Stephens, found fans with 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne and XFM’s John Kennedy and sold-out their two debut headline shows at St. Pancras Old Church, all before heading out on their first UK tour.
Now Palace is looking forward to a very busy 2015. They were hand-picked to open for Jamie T, have been announced they will be playing both the Eurosonic Festival this January and Where The Wild Things Are in March, both in the Netherlands, and their self-produced 5 track Lost in the Night EP has been racking up critical success in their native country as a result.
The opening track, titled “Bitter” has a steady guitar part built into breezy bluesy vocals that gives it a very Foals-like simplicity. The lead singer is very reminiscent of Yannis Phillipakis in terms of the tone and depth of his singing, and the vocals are a seamless addition to the lo-fi beat and the bluesy riffs.
“Veins” has an almost Fleet Foxes sound to it, with the guitar parts being the focal point during the beginning of the song. The entire Ep is an easy listen and flows effortlessly, you easily find yourself getting lost in what the band calls “laid back guitars” and a “brooding vocal”.
The band has promised new music this year, and are undoubtedly one of the most promising new acts to emerge from the UK scene.
(Review by Krystal)