Summer is technically over, but not if you get your butts down to the Oxford Art Factory for Palms’ Crazy Rack National Tour this Saturday night! Promising indie surfer rock sounds that will make you smile and shine like the summer sun, Palms are bringing you their newest songs in a high-energy show which lead singer Al Grigg says will be “a rockin’ fun time.”
Crazy Rack is their second album, released in October last year, featuring ‘Beatdown’, the quick, cool single you may have heard on Triple J, as well as ‘Bad Apples’, the song to start you off on that frantic indie-rock sound.
It took only two weeks to record all 11 songs, some of which were created years ago. “We sort of collect songs as they come,” explained Grigg.
When asked if he and his band members – Tom, Dion & Brendan – felt pressure creating the album, Grigg remarked: “The thing that worried me the most was that there’s a dude in Western Australia who actually has a Palms tattoo on his wrist…and I was like, f*ckin hell, if he doesn’t like this album it’s like *whispers* damnnn. It’s like he is more invested than we are almost,” he said, laughing.
The title of the album, Crazy Rack, was inspired by a photograph that was taken by Tom, the band’s drummer. Which, if you haven’t seen it, is a rack of colourful clothing outside of an op-shop. “We were backstage with Cloud Control and he [Tom] was editing these photos and I saw this one come up and was like ‘yeah that’s gonna be the next album cover’. We hadn’t even written the album yet,” recalled Grigg. “It became this cool, funny play on words…a classic rock and roll dream, but the reality is you are working in a crappy job just to pay your rent.”
Playing four shows in four days, Palms are ready to keep the energy high. “Touring is my favourite part of being in a band. I love playing in shows. I love the whole performance side. It’s the part I feel the most comfortable in,” said Grigg. (JC)
Saturday March 19, 8pm. Oxford Art Factory, 38-46 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst. $15+bf. Tickets & info: moshtix.com.au
BY JEMMA CLARKE