Friday, May 8

Palma Violets

Front stage

I see the Palma Violets last night at the Hippodrome in Kingston. The band has been around since 2011 and formed in Lambeth, London, by Samuel Fryer and Chilli Jesson (pictured). They remind me of the early Clash. I first heard of them from Christian (Sonnet takes a pass; I wear wax earplugs)

And these guys put out serious energy. The audience mostly young and split between those who mosh and those who don't. The large bouncers forced to catch the lads thrown from the crowd towards the stage, which is really a dangerous business. But so what ? The crowd pumped up on the music and their youth.

At entrance, talking to two women: 
Woman #1: "Where are you from?"
Me: "California."
Woman #2: "That is so cool. How long have you been in London?"
Me: "Since '97. Where are you from?"
Woman #1: "We're from Essex."
Me: "How long have you lived in Essex?"
Woman #2: "Since 1998."
Woman #1: "We were sort of born there."