Thursday, May 21, 2015

Live Review - Palma Violets / Public Access TV @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Since forming in 2011, UK’s Palma Violets have been thrashing and energizing crowds around the world and have gained so much buzz doing it.

This month, the band released their sophomore album, Danger in the Club, and returned to the U.S. to support the record’s release. Capping off a two night stay in New York City, the band played to a half-filled Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn but still came with the same energy as if they were headlining Wembley Stadium.

The night before the band had played Bowery Ballroom and maybe playing a room of similar size the next night was a bit too ambitious, but the fans inside saw something spectacular. Bassist Chilli and guitarist Samuel Thomas Fryer have a modern day Mick and Keith chemistry as they feed off each other’s energy and project it to the crowd. As fans opened a circle pit to songs like “Best of Friends,” “Johnny Bagga Donuts,” “Danger in the Club,” and “Secrets of America,” it was a perfect mid week stress and emotional release.

Opening the gig were New York City buzz band, Public Access TV, the band who have a similar sound and style to Palma Violets were a perfect fit to open. When the took the stage at around 9pm, they looked as if they were apprehensive to play to near empty room, but as soon as the music kicked in, the people came. Public Access TV are a downtown band from Manhattan and take that Television meets Blondie ethos and give it a modern Strokes hook, this is a band to look out for.