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The Wild Palms Announce March UK Tour & New Single & Tickets

Thursday, 13 January 2011 Written by Jon Stickler
The Wild Palms Announce March UK Tour & New Single & Tickets

Wild Palms release a new single, ‘Delight In Temptation’ on the 14th March, hot on the heels of their long awaited debut album ‘Until Spring’ (out 7th March).

The band have also announced UK and European dates for March (see above). Both single and album are produced by Gareth Jones (Grizzly Bear/ Depeche Mode/ These New Puritans), and 'Delight In Temptation' is Wild Palm’s most anthemic, euphoric glo-fi moment yet. According to singer Lou Hill, the song works from the hypothesis that ‘carnality is an inescapable part of our nature and (we should) embrace it as a pleasurable facet of our lives - celebrate it rather than view it as something of a sin.’

The band are also giving fans the opportunity to remix the new single themselves at their new site http://wearewildpalms.com/remixes

Comprised of charismatically roguish front man and one time teenage garage MC, Lou Hill, Chatham resident and Billy Childish worshipping guitarist, Darrel Hawkins, demon drummer James Parish and suitably elegant bass player Gareth Jones, Wild Palms coalesced out of a group of like-minded music fans in Southgate, North London around 2007. First appearing as Ex-Lion Tamers and feeding on a diet of Beefheart, The Fall, Can, The Bunnymen and Wire they emerged in April 2008 as a ferocious, four-headed beast melding deconstructed guitar lines and Parish’s thundering rhythms to Hill’s staccato wordplay. “I wanted to get the best people I could,” remembers Hill. “All this new stuff was coming out and we never knew what to grip onto, we were just playing, then all of a sudden everything just started working. Something that was clearly ours started coming and it felt like we had ownership over it.”

Quite literally using the studio to supplement the shuddering dynamics of their live performance (the band utilised the Biffa bins out back for percussion and even mic’ed up the water tank), Wild Palms have distilled all the ideas, sidesteps and progressions of the last two years into one glorious suite of songs. From widescreen opener ‘Draw In Light’ and ‘Pale Fire’s ghostly coda to the propulsive roar of ‘Carnations’ and the gentle strings of ‘LHC’, ‘Until Spring’ is by turns heart stopping, heart broken, unsettling and uplifting. “We never really talked about it,” notes Hawkins, “but for me, I wanted to make something beautiful that would surpass everything around me, that was bigger than myself.”

Still finding it impossible to rest on their laurels, even for a second, the group have already moved on, recruited a new member, guitarist/ multi-instrumentalist Bobby Krilic and are making plans for a follow up, with recent live shows peppered with a handful of newly penned tracks.

UK March tour dates announced:

Wed 2nd - York Fibbers
Thu 3rd - London Rough Trade East
Fri 4th - Glasgow King Tuts
Sat 5th - Manchester Fac251
Tue 8th - Bristol The Cooler
Wed 9th - Birmingham Hare & Hounds
Thu 10th - London Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
Fri 11th - Brighton Green Door Store

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