Today we meet, Palm Honey. I’m confident that you will find them to be one of the most intriguing new psychedelic bands to come along in the last few years. Palm Honey does what Psych is meant to do, you get lost in the vibe, go on a little mind trip with that big wall of sound . Palm Honeys sound is laying down some funky psych which makes them stand out from some of their contemporaries a psych beat you can dance to . So it’s time to listen to some tunes and Meet – Palm Honey
Meet : Palm Honey
For those unfamiliar with your bands history, can you tell us all how you all met up and decided to start a band ?
I’d known Ayden (drums) from secondary school, and Harry (guitar/synth) and Seb (bass) had known each other for ages too. We all ended up on the music course at Reading college and started jamming together. It worked… so we formed Palm Honey…
Who would you list as your musical influence?
It’s something that constantly changes really. The music that I write is majorly influenced by artists that like to push things, like Brian Eno, Stereolab, Sonic Youth, Radiohead, My Bloody Valentine… stuff like that. I’m really into bands that manage to incorporate experimental elements into catchy pop music. It’s something that’s very hard to do well.
What’s the coolest thing that’s happened to you as a band since you started up?
It’s all been pretty cool mostly… getting our shoddy unfinished demo featured in the NME was quite nice. Putting out our most recent release as a 7 inch through Flying Vinyl was a real highlight for me, that was awesome, getting some of our music out in physical form.
What are your hopes and dreams as a band for the next few years?
Putting a record out and getting out of the UK to play shows around the world.
What are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?
There are so many… my absolute favourite recent album is probably Deakin’s ‘Sleep Cycle’ that came out earlier this year. It’s a really great example of the kind of obscured style of doing pop music that I love so much. Yak’s debut album is really great too, it’s so cool how all the songs transition perfectly, a proper onslaught of noise.
Do you see any real use for social media, or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?
It’s a bit of both for me, I can see how it’s necessary in this day and age if you want anyone to listen to your stuff and know what you’re doing and I think it can be a great tool for communication when used correctly. I just think with music in particular it’s a bit of a shame that a lot of an artist’s mystery kind of gets lost. People are impatient and just want constant updates, you know? But that’s almost a good thing, I guess, because it means you’re pushed to find new ways to make yourself interesting. I think there’s a bit of a danger that new bands can get almost too wrapped up in their internet presence and their ‘brand’ and forget about what’s actually important, which is making good music.
Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off.
I wish I could say I didn’t pay attention to it all but I’m far too neurotic. I’ve tried to ignore the noise in the past but I can never do it for very long. Fortunately, people have mostly had good things to say so far.
If you could tour anywhere in the world , where would you want to go?
DPRK (North Korea). And I say that without any irony. Would be an interesting experience, if we were allowed.
Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life?
I guess it can be both? Depends on how you feel as an individual. Playing and writing music is the only thing that keeps me sane. The mortality of my soul would be quickly realised if I lost the ability to do this.
Any last thoughts for your fans?
Yes, I have. Hopefully they won’t be my last thoughts, though.