Review: Palma Violets impress in intimate Sheffield show

Palma Violets perform in Sheffield.
Palma Violets perform in Sheffield.
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It’s no secret that Palma Violets have been dubbed exactly what’s needed on the British indie music scene and it’s true to say they never stop surprising. Unscheduled and completely unexpected, the London four-piece’s Rattlesnake Rodeo rocked up at The Green Room in Sheffield for a surprise intimate gig.

Opening the night were support act Baby Strange, who enjoyed some good old banter with the crowd, followed by Childhood who ended by not diving, but falling into the crowd before rolling back towards the stage - the crowd are 100 per cent hyped and ready for everything ahead.

That being said, it may also be because Chilli Jesson, vocalist and bassist of Palma Violets, was straight in there with them dancing his infamous moves - comparable to the flailing limbs of a headless chicken.

Palma Violets’ unique and fresh, yet old-school sound explodes into the Green Room with clean guitars, sporadic rhythms and the scuzzy, distorted vocals of Jesson and guitarist Sam Fryer as they kick off with Rattlesnake Highway.

You can’t argue that, despite the simplistic lyrical genius of “I wanna be your best friend, I don’t want you to be my girl” (because, let’s be honest, who else is bored of continuously churned-out and clichéd love songs?) that Palma Violets’ live performance is just a bunch of loud noise – but wonderful loud noise, that is.

There’s an undeniable confidence surrounding the band as they buzz with a ferociously intense energy which spreads infectiously, resulting in a chaotic, sweaty, mess of a crowd, jumping endlessly making the floor tremble and shake beneath their feet.

Pace wise, the whole night flies by at a speed you can’t imagine. It’s not long before the performance is coming to an end and you can’t help but wonder whether keyboardist Pete Mayhew and drummer Will Doyle find being tied to their seats to play for the night quite tedious or rather relieving as Jesson clarifies his dislike for the floor and dives into the crowd to finish.