PALM READER

The UK hard­core fire­brands gear up for an­other round of mad­ness

Metal Hammer (UK) - - In the Studio - WORDS: HYWEL DAVIES

AS We All know, wait­ing for a new al­bum to drop from one of your favourite bands is painfully ag­o­nis­ing – it’s like sit­ting around for Christ­mas times a thou­sand. It doesn’t help that the par­tic­u­lar al­bum in ques­tion is from er­ratic math/hard­core bel­ters Palm Reader, who teased us with their ex­cel­lent sin­gle Al­ways Dark­est ear­lier this year. So, what gives, boys? We has­sled gui­tarist Andy Gillan to shine a light on Palm Reader Mark III.

IT’S BEEN A COU­PLE OF YEARS SINCE THE RE­LEASE OF BE­SIDE THE ONES WE LOVE. WHERE’S THIS NEW AL­BUM AT?

“Je­sus, right! So, we all moved up to Not­ting­ham and moved into a house to­gether, specif­i­cally to write this record. We were there for a good nine months or so and we didn’t re­ally stop writ­ing songs that whole time. I think in the end we ended up with 38, 39 songs, some­thing like that. We’ve also been work­ing with In At The Deep End for this record.”

HOW IM­POR­TANT WAS IT TO FIND A PRO­DUCER WHO UN­DER­STANDS YOUR SOUND?

“It’s in­te­gral. We recorded with Lewis Johns again at The Ranch be­cause he’s awe­some and a top dude. He gets what we do. In my opin­ion, he’s one of the best pro­duc­ers for our kind of par­tic­u­lar brand of noise in the UK. He’s re­ally good at try­ing to un­der­stand what you’re try­ing to do in terms of writ­ing songs and the vibe that you’re try­ing to put across. We have com­pletely trusted his judg­ment and his in­put.”

HOW DOES IT COM­PARE TO YOUR LAST TWO AL­BUMS?

“It’s def­i­nitely the log­i­cal pro­gres­sion and has a lot more groove. I’m not go­ing to say it’s a mas­sive de­par­ture from what we’ve done before – that’s not en­tirely true.

We all said that we didn’t want to re­lease the same al­bum twice. If you’ve lis­tened to Bad Weather, Be­side The

Ones We Love and this one, you can def­i­nitely see an un­sur­pris­ing pro­gres­sion which has man­i­fested it­self on this record.”

HOW DO YOU THINK YOUR FANS ARE GO­ING TO LIKE IT?

“Ummm, that’s a re­ally good ques­tion! It’s not go­ing to be what some peo­ple ex­pect. I’ve been butt-hurt by that my­self; ex­pect­ing some­thing from a band and them not de­liv­er­ing it. If peo­ple are like, ‘Oh my god, I can’t be­lieve they did this to me! The one per­son who they’re sup­posed to write a record for,’ we’re go­ing to be like,

‘Shut up, it’s re­ally good!’ But you know,

“WE HAVE NEARLY 40 SONGS!” ANDY GILLAN

that’s just the way opin­ions go. Like ar­se­holes, ev­ery­one’s got one.”

WHAT WITH TOUR­ING YOUR IN­SANE SHOW AND WRIT­ING THIS AL­BUM, HOW WOULD YOU DE­SCRIBE THE BAND’S WORK ETHIC?

“It does take its toll men­tally and phys­i­cally. At some point ev­ery tour, some­body is go­ing to be tired, but we’re not there to try to please our­selves. Peo­ple want to see us, so we can’t go, ‘Oh, we’re hav­ing a re­ally shit time, here’s a 6/10 gig…’ Just fuck­ing get on with it.”

YOU SEEM PRETTY EX­CITED. WHAT SHOULD WE BE MOST PUMPED FOR ON THIS AL­BUM?

“Oh fuck, I don’t know! Ha ha! There’s so much stuff we haven’t tried before, it’s un­ex­pected, I think, which is leav­ing it sus­pi­ciously vague. But all the stuff has come out re­ally good. Hope­fully it’ll be out by the end of the year. That’s the plan. I want you to hear it now, but I can tell you it’s chock-full of Kin­der Sur­prises...”.

THE NEW PALM READER AL­BUM LANDS LATER THIS YEAR. THE BAND PLAY LENMANIA IN LON­DON ON NOVEMBER 11

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