On October 9th, Palma Violets performed at Webster Hall as if it was going to be their last performance ever. Then again, that seems to be how the four young lads from Lambeth, London play every show. Their concerts are wild, loud, and ultimately liberating. It is impossible to leave one of their shows without feeling alive and free. The audience members often say things like, "That was the best night of my life," and "I don't think anything will top this" after the show.
The walls of the Grand Ballroom, within Webster Hall, may still be echoing. The ears of the patrons may very well still be ringing. It's all because the concert never took a second to breathe and everyone is still trying to recover from such an Earth-shattering performance. Palma Violets, with bassist/vocalist Chilli Jesson, guitarist/vocalist Sam Fryer, keyboardist Pete Mayhew and drummer Will Doyle, know how to make concerts memorable. If you've only heard their studio recordings, you're missing out on the full impact; their songs were made to be played live, and Palma Violets are the best live show around.
It didn't take long for the rowdy crowd to partake in all the usual rebellious antics. Chilli is the catalyst, provoking and screaming at everyone to yell, dance, do whatever. The moment he stepped on stage he splashed the people in the front row with his water bottle, then chucked the bottle up into the balcony. It's this wild, unhinged stage presence that keeps the blood pumping at every Palma Violets concert and that every fan should experience.
Everyone sang along to all the songs and everyone danced; the initially reluctant couldn't help but be sucked in. Then at at the end, after the encore, an entire swarm of people ambushed the stage. The security attempted to do something about it but it quickly got out of hand (for them at least). Doyle did an impromptu drum solo aided by a few audience members. It's nothing short of a tribal, spiritual experience. If you haven't been to a concert of theirs, and you'd like to see what it looks like, check out their latest music video for their song "Rattlesnake Highway." Then, if they're playing anywhere near you, make the investment. Take the time to take part in what's probably going to be the greatest night of your life for years to come.