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Palma Violets & Splashh - The 100 Club, London - 4th March 2013 (Live Review)

Wednesday, 06 March 2013 Written by Ryan Crittenden
Palma Violets & Splashh - The 100 Club, London - 4th March 2013 (Live Review)

This Converse Presents Gig at the legendary 100 Club in London saw some of the brightest and exciting new bands around entertain lucky competition winners.

ImageComing of the back of the NME Awards Tour and the release of their debut album ‘180’ last week, the main attraction at the top of the bill was indie-favourites Palma Violets. Having garnered a reputation from their ferocious live shows, the show was certainly no different, ending in an all-out stage invasion.

Palma Violet’s set hasn’t really changed all that much in the last 6 months, now however fans can sing along to songs other than their tremendous ‘Best of Friends’ single. The four-piece rattle through songs from their album with the energy and passion that has got so many people talking about them.

It can certainly be argued their much hyped album has not entirely lived up to expectations, with many feeling it has been slightly rushed. You cannot, however, take anything away from their enthralling live show. The intimate venue rocks as the crowd surges forward to get even closer to the action.

Bassist Chilli Jesson is the focal point of the action as he jumps, slides and screams his way through the show, not letting up for a moment. Standout album track ‘Chicken Dippers’ is equally good on stage and closing number ’14’ just incites chaos as the stage is over run by the crowd who engulf the band to end the night.

Earlier on, the packed venue has been treated to a short set from Splashh. Another four-piece band from London, these guys have just started to make a name for themselves and the good news is they are as good live as they are on record. Their blend of echoey grunge is headed by fascinating lead singer Toto Vivian who stands over his microphone with his hair over his eyes delivering a captivating performance.

Tracks like ‘Need It’ and ‘All I Wanna Do’ have far too many reference points to name but if it is laid back fuzzy guitar music you want to hear, these seem to be the boys to provide it. Closing track ‘Vacation’ has a big chorus readymade for festivals and it is safe to assume this summer will provide Splashh with the opportunity to showcase their brilliance.

Palma Violets embark on a UK tour later this month.

Palma Violets UK & Ireland Tour Dates are as follows:

Tue March 19th 2013 - Exeter Lemon Grove, Exeter
Wed March 20th 2013 - Junction, Cambridge
Thu March 21st 2013 - Queens Social Club, Sheffield
Fri March 22nd 2013 - Liquid Room, Edinburgh
Sun March 24th 2013 - The Empire Middlesbrough, Middlesbrough
Tue March 26th 2013 - O2 Academy Oxford, Oxford
Tue April 9th 2013 - Electric Brixton, London

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