So far, all I’ve managed to find has been a Manchester promoter describing them as ‘ex-DIVORCE’ and Golden Grrrls, with whom they have been touring, calling them ‘new-ish’. They’ve played Milk (a relatively new Glasgow night) as well, so I am guessing the answer is out there, even if it resides on the streets of Glasgow instead of the internet.
Anyway, I have heard some rough recordings in my time but this, the single, solitary song on Palms’ SoundCloud page, is rougher than most. The cymbals in particular get just a little bit painful to listen to when they reach their crescendos, so I am guessing that rather than just a deliberately lo-fi recording , this really is actually just a rough sketch of a song. Not that it actually needs to be much more polished, but a little tidying up might be helpful.
Either way, there’s not much I can say about this with so little information, apart from pointing out that the one song they do have out in the open is really very good indeed. It’s a cross between the lo-fi garage of 2011, mixed with just a little of the early Britpop female-fronted indie bands and actually, of all things, just a little gothic Americana. That latter impression might come more from the lyrics themselves, as well as the verse structure, which does remind me of dark, foreboding frontier US country rock, or it might come from the fact that the lead female vocal reminds me more than a little of the awesome Jill O’Sullivan from Sparrow & the Workshop.
In any case, if anyone from Glasgow is reading this and can fill me in a little, this lot sound really promising and I am very much looking forward to finding out more.