MAEL­STROM

An un­ortho­dox ap­proach to mak­ing mu­sic is pay­ing off for Palms as the band finds har­mony amid all the chaos that cre­ativ­ity can bring

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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.

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