Posted in music | pictures on January 24, 2013

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo; words by Bill Pearis

Palma Violets / Hollerado @ Glasslands, 1/23/2013
Palma Violets
Hollerado

You never know what to expect at these UK-hype shows. Palma Violets have clearly had a lot of it, what with NME naming their "Best of Friends" single the Best Track of 2012 and naming them one of "The Stars of 2013." It's a catchy song for sure, but seemed like this year's Vaccines. But, unlike that band, Palma Violets are clearly a "you need to see it live to get it" situation. Which brings us to last night's Glasslands' show, the band's second in Brooklyn. Unlike the smoky, sweaty, all-ages show they played at Shea Stadium on Saturday (1/19) this one was full of industry types and I was expecting a more stereotypical crossed-arms NYC reaction. So when the front half of the crowd went mental during "Best of Friends" and continued to do so for the rest of the band's set, crossed arms unfolded... at least to brace themselves against the pit and crowd-surfers.

What you don't get on record is the us-against-the-world camaraderie that singers Sam Fryer and Chilli Jesson exude onstage that, for those in the crowd old enough to remember will, recalls The Libertines in their heyday. Palma Violets also have that sloppy-in-a-good-way vibe going, albiet one that is infused with a healthy dose of Doors-y psychedelia. These guys mean it, man, and that undeniable energy is mainlined into the crowd. When their set was over, the floor was a mess of crushed beer cans and soggy confetti.

The confetti came courtesy Hollerado's highly entertaining opening set where cannons went off at least three times. There were also multiple jumps off the drums, "doo doo" choruses and very funny stage banter via singer Menno Versteeg. These Canadians make extremely catch guitar pop in the '90s alt-rock vein, with clever arrangements and a lot of skill.

For example. Live, their single "Juliette," from 2009's Record in a Bag, has as many endings as Return of the King, going through a dub reggae phase into faux Thin Lizzy licks and an extened arena rock finale. Most bands would save something like that for their last song, but Hollerado drops in near the front of their set, and pull similar tricks out later (including a no-sticks drum solo), plus a couple songs from their new album, White Paint, which was recorded in Brooklyn and will be out next month. To paraphrase Versteeg's intro to another song, it's cheesy, but they mean it.

If you missed Palma Violets' two previous shows, they'll play Glasslands again on Monday (1/28) with openers Devin and Mainland and tickets are still available, though probably not for long. More pictures from last night's Glasslands show (though none of first band The Teen Age who we just missed) are below...

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Comments (14)

Clever, catchy Canadians and confetti cannons?
Barf.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 12:40 PM

Hollerado wasn't the opener, there was another band that opened around 9. They were actually pretty good. Short set though.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 1:11 PM

brian de palma

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 1:18 PM

LOFT PARTY ALERT:

THIS SATURDAY 1/26
@ 252 NORMAN

PALMA VIOLETS - COUNTRY MICE - THE EVERYMEN

LIMITED ENTRY
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Vodka open bar 9-10
9p / $8

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 1:53 PM

I came in with ??? as what I had heard before last night didn't win me over. When they left the ghosts of T/ CLASH, STONES and T/ KINKS behind-they shined.Bluesy swamp with a dash of punky vibe and rock n roll attitude created a caustic vibe, which is the way I like it.And when they did that,they (still)borrowed from the past,but the sound became their own. The crowd added a fun vibe to the mix which made it a great night.Hollerado crunched their pop and were well received.Teen Age opened/ but I couldn't get there early enough. What I've heard (recorded) sounds promising

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 2:18 PM

what will the set times on Monday be? Thanks...

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 2:40 PM

You can try and try and try but no one gives a shit about this band

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 2:56 PM

two sold out shows that have been complete rampages? try again 2:56

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 3:11 PM

pehlma violehts

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 4:27 PM

I thought they sucked

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Posted by Michal | February 24, 2013 5:30 PM

Hollerado wasn't the opener, there was another band that opened around 9. They were actually pretty good. Short set though.

Posted by Bumba | March 18, 2013 1:25 PM

Jones Beach is the worst seated venue in the "NYC area". Nothing like rich, fat Long Islanders showcasing their slutty 50 year old wives.

Posted by medafile | April 14, 2013 9:43 PM

I want a mustache like that one guy.

Posted by mike | May 11, 2013 12:17 PM

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