Popular returns to the Oakford Social Club for another jaunt at our favourite Reading venue.
This month we have the rather amazing Wild Palms, who will be showcasing some new material from their forthcoming album, and Younghusband who release their latest EP on Sonic Cathedral on 21st November.
Djs from 8pm/ FREE ENTRY
Wild Palms are Lou Hill (Vocal, keys & pads), Darrell Hawkins (Guitar), Gareth Jones (Bass) and James Parish (Drums).
Wild Palms were the first band EVER to join Popular so they are band very close to our heart here. They play bleak, post-industrial Bauhaus inspired driving basslines, abrasive guitars and stringent yet powerful lead vocals resulting in the band emerging as a ferocious, four-headed beast melding deconstructed guitar lines and Parish’s thundering rhythms to Hill’s staccato wordplay.
Since forming in 2008, the band have signed to One Little Indian and have played alongside the likes of Gang of Four and have toured with Cold War Kids, Good Shoes, The Warlocks and The Big Pink around both the UK and Europe as well as playing many festivals. The bands debut album, Until Spring, produced by Gareth Jones (also produced These New Puritans) drew influences and noise from obscurities such as a 30ft water tank and was written, recorded and produced in the bands self built studio. The album was released in March 2011 and received glowing reviews from Artrocker, Q magazine, The Fly, Clash and The 405.
“The London boys’ first full-length manages to bounce convincingly from raucous post-punk frivolity to a darker, almost minimalistic melancholy. Just awesome.” The Fly
The band have also been featured in publications such as NME, The Sunday Times and also received vast amounts of blog coverage.
As grandiose and melancholic as befits a song that nods to a Virginia Woolf novel… an expansive, romantic new sound for Wild Palms that hints at the sonic ambition of Wild Beasts’ NME
The band are currently in the studio recording their second album and about to embark on a series of UK and European dates throughout the summer.