The members of Palma Violets might have honed their garage rock chops in a drafty squat, but the quartet is a hot commodity in the UK music press, marked as ascendents to The Libertines' long-vacated throne.
The band's debut album, 180, is released this week on Rough Trade, a label picked by the four friends because of a rich, rock 'n' roll legacy that included their major influences, namely The Libertines and The Strokes. Stepping out of their unheated studio to embark on a lengthy tour next month, Palma Violets are bound for SXSW and have also lined up UK and European dates, a visit to Coachella, and a North American jaunt beginning in late April, returning to New York on May 9 (Music Hall of Williamsburg) and March 10 (Bowery Ballroom).
Recently, the band — guitarist/vocalist Sam Fryer, bassist/vocalist Chilli Jesson, keyboardist Pete Mayhew and drummer Will Doyle — tumbled into Studio A for a raucous set and a conversation with Eric Holland, and you can listen to the session today at 11 a.m. ET on 91.5 WNYE and online. For more exclusive videos and highlights of the interview, visit The Alternate Side.