Palma Violets wanted their debut album to 'sound live'

01/02/13

Palma Violets

Palma Violets say they want their new album 180 to capture how they sound live.

The indie four-piece, from Lambeth in south London, formed after a chance meeting around a campfire at Reading festival.

They spent 2012 writing tracks and playing gigs for friends and family in a converted Georgian terrace house called Studio 180.

Hence the album title.

But according to the band's keyboardist they "don't enjoy the recording experience".

We really wanted the album to have a live sound, to be true to ourselves and capture how we sound live
Pete Mayhew, keyboards

Pete Mayhew said: "We are not the sort of band who likes playing the song 20 or 30 times.

"We really wanted the album to have a live sound, to be true to ourselves and capture how we sound live."

They also say they were determined to get the album recorded in a couple of weeks.

"We decided to do three takes or call it a day," added Pete Mayhew.

Palma Violets

The band, made up of Sam Fryer (vocals and guitar), Chilli Jesson (vocals, bass), Pete Mayhew (keyboards) and Will Doyle (drums) are making a name for themselves.

They featured in the BBC Sound of 2013 list and their single Best of Friends was named Zane Lowe's hottest record as well as being voted NME's track of the year.

There have been gigs in London, Europe and they are also off to the United States.

Performing at Radio 1's Future Festival last month, Pete Mayhew said it was still a strange idea to think that they had an album out soon.

"I keep forgetting about it," he said. "I guess until I see it in the shops or I've got it in my hand, it feels surreal."

Palma Violets' debut album 180 is out on 25 February.

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