Following support slots with Jamie T and Ghostpoet, and two sold-out London shows, Palace announce a headline show at Scala, London, on 22nd October
In the last six months, Palace have ridden a wave of overwhelming critical and fan support. Last October, they released their debut EP ‘Lost in the Night’, which garnered daytime spins on BBC Radio 1.
Their new single ‘Kiloran’, is taken from their forthcoming EP ‘Chase The Light’ and is released on 8th June. Premiered on Annie Mac’s show on Radio 1, and with further plays so far from Huw Stephens and Fearne Cotton, and XFM’s John Kennedy, it might just be their most majestic stadium-sized ballad yet. However, its raw reverb-drenched sound only scratches the surface of Palace’s creative ambitions.
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If the subdued atmosphere of their music has had the critics in a lather, it’s the vulnerability of the lyrics which strikes a chord with fans. Both intuitive and poetic, they tap into an inner turbulence most people feel but can’t quite express. ”The darker and more depressing lyrics are more fun to write,” says Leo with a grin. “But I think a lot of people can relate to the idea that life sometimes feels shit and depressing, especially as you’re not really allowed to show emotional weakness.”
Launched with two sold-out debut headline shows at St. Pancras Old Church last October, Palace have won over every audience placed in front of them. No mean feat when you consider these have ranged from lairy Jamie T fans - Palace were hand-picked to support him at his London comeback show, and then joined him on his European tour - to topless jugglers to tearful fans. But then as Matt points out, Palace are made for bringing people together. “We’ve had a few comments about our music being good baby-making music, which is nice. It’s sex music, basically.” Palace: spreading the love.
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