Review: 180 by Palma Violets

180 by Palma VioletsI still don’t understand why Palma Violets is suddenly The Band That Will Bring Indie Rock Back To The Masses. They’re not a terrible band, per se – there are some shining moments in their debut 180, from the cool drawl of “Step Up For The Cool Cats” to the catchy comedown of “Chicken Dippers”. And the four-piece’s reverb-filled, 60s-inspired, occasionally shambolic sound does have a place in today’s pop landscape, making them stand out from, at least, the ultra-polished guitar music you hear today. But the band obviously has a lot more work to do. This is certainly no lightning strike like the Arctic Monkeys did with their debut. They’re still trying to find their way, and it shows, and the hype surrounding them hasn’t done them any favors, because here I am, thinking that the best guitar music supposedly has to offer is this half-baked album with some good ideas but a bunch of naff ones sticking out. I like the scuzzy sound, but more so if they had a bit of quality control. | 3/5

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