As the release of their eagerly anticipated debut full length draws closer, PALACE have today shared the official video for their latest cut from the album; the darkly beautiful ‘Holy Smoke’. With its poignant lyrics and heartfelt vocal delivery, the track is a shining example of what to expect from the the band’s passionate and honest forthcoming record.
On the track, which premiered via Stereogum, front man Leo explains, “Someone once told me that when someone dies you have to open the window to let their soul escape. The Holy Smoke. This song is about being in that situation which I was, not that long ago. It’s about losing someone close to you, and experiencing something quite spiritual in the moments after death – when by their side.”
The band’s impressive live show has been witnessed by thousands this summer, following some roof raising festival performances at Glastonbury and Reading & Leeds and a sold out headline set at London’s ICA. They’re now preparing to head stateside for their first ever US show, which sees them take to the stage at Rough Trade NYC in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on 19th October.
The album ‘So Long Forever’ will be released 4th November on Fiction Records. The writing process began last autumn in The Arch – a creative nerve centre in deepest, darkest Tottenham packed with young artists, designers and muscians. It has been produced by Adam Jaffery (Beach Baby, Dev Hynes, Francis Lung) and mixed by Cenzo Townshend (The Maccabees, Florence + the Machine, Wild Beasts). The album artwork – as with all previous artwork – has been painted by Wilm Danby. Support from the band continues to come from Annie Mac, Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart at BBC Radio 1, Tom Ravenscroft at 6Music and Radio X’s John Kennedy and Maz Tappuni.
Palace are Leo Wyndham (guitar, vocals), Rupert Turner (guitar), Will Dorey (bass) and Matt Hodges (drums).
What people are saying
‘One of our favourite new bands.’ – Huw Stephens
‘spacious, romantic pop’ – DIY
‘it’s a gorgeous, vulnerable song’ – Stereogum
‘an echo drenched sound reminiscent of early Foals’ – Guardian
‘somewhere between Jeff Buckley and Kings of Leon.’ – Times
‘Possible successors to The Maccabees… Palace deal in theatrical melodies to tingle the spine.’ – NME
‘darkly beautiful, with twilight seeming to break through every note.’ – Clash
‘Languid and shimmery… the sweet-sad spot between indie emo and Sixties blues’ – Rolling Stone
21st Nov – Brighton – Patterns
22nd Nov – Bristol – Exchange
23rd Nov – London – Brixton Electric
24th Nov – Leeds – Belgrave Music Hall
25th Nov – Manchester – Deaf Institute
26th Nov – Glasgow