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PALM HONEY: WE DON’T WANT TO SOUND LIKE U2

- Jess Atkinson

At Stoke Newington’s Waiting Room, dream-pop psychedelia four-piece and Flying Vinyl alumni Palm Honey joined the likes of Famous and Horsey for a sweaty, sold out showcase of some of the most exciting new bands to come out of the capital. 

Joseph Mumford, Harrison Clark, Seb Bowden and Ayden Spiller’s music is arranged in the way that you would expect a Pink Floyd song to be, with pieces that transition into one another in hypnotic fashion with lengthy, layered soundscapes far removed from standard pop formats that are generally pursued in this genre. 

It’s been a year since Palm Honey leapt onto the scene with their Flying Vinyl debut and the band think records are a “ritual”, and something that encourages fans to “actually listen to the whole body of work” that make them so important to a music industry drowning in corporate interference. “We’re big believers in format: in an EP or an album and I think it’s important that people listen to music in that context rather than taking things out.”

With a record (You Stole My Blackout/Bones) already out on Flying Vinyl, Palm Honey return this autumn with Starving Hysterical Naked. Mumford “loves Ginsberg a lot”, though the song title (a line from fifties beat poem Howl) was chosen for the aesthetic more than any affinity the new material has with the poem: “it’s a stark image and I think a song title should give you an idea of its aesthetic.” 

“Not as pop-y” as previous records, the upcoming track shares affinity with Ginsberg’s classic through its mood: “it’s the darkest, heaviest and most dissonant thing we’ve put out.”

The band recently conquered the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury 2017, a great set despite clashing with Jeremy Corbyn who apparently drew a bigger crowd at the Pyramid Stage than had ever before been witnessed. 

Palm Honey don’t write about politics but that’s only for fear of sounding “too preachy…I don’t want to sound like U2 or something” grins Mumford. Outside of the studio, politics is a “second favourite” after music, “he’s stood for the same things his whole life and hasn’t been interested in careerist nonsense,” they added.

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