An unorthodox approach to making music is paying off for Palms as the band finds harmony amid all the chaos that creativity can bring
With an indifferent approach to the music they make, Sydney band Palms are rolling with the melodic punches.
The indie-rock quartet skipped the EP stage most artists take and chose to dive straight into debut album Step Brothers, which was released late last year.
Formed three years ago by frontman Al Griggs and drummer Tom Wallace, Palms is a band that enjoys going with the flow.
“I feel like some people are really pretentious about their songs, wanting everything to be exactly right,” says Griggs.
“It’s just an album. You put it out, and then you can put another one out. With Palms, I finally found where I am as a songwriter. It’s natural. It feels right.”
Featuring 11 tracks constructed from the theme of unrequited love, Griggs says the album is “a bit of a mixed bag”.
“People have called it slacker rock – but it’s a bit garagey with elements of surf rock and some ’90s influences,” he says.
The band teams with fellow Sydney band The Gooch Palms for a special Palmarama tour.
“The shows are usually pretty fun. It’s shambolic rock’n’roll with lots of energy. Everything takes on a new life,” Griggs says. Palms, The Gooch Palms and White Lodge play Elsewhere Bar, Surfers Paradise, tomorrow night.