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Interview:
Producing legend helped Palma Violents hone in on sophomore album
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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The success of Palma Violets' debut album was both benefited and bothered the group's recently released follow-up, "Danger in the Club."

On one hand, 2013's "180" put the British rock quartet on the map worldwide thanks to singles such as "Best of Friends" and "We Found Love." But it also kept Palma Violets on the road longer than expected, which made getting back in the writing groove for "Danger in the Club" "difficult" according to bassist Alexander "Chilli" Jesson.

"It was really tough," says Jesson, 21. "We hadn't written a song for so long. We just forgot, really that we had to right songs and kind of got ourselves in a bit of a pickle. So (the album) started off hard."

At their tour manager's suggestion, the four musicians went off to farmhouse in Wales to "learn to love each other again" and kick-start the process. "He literally just dropped us there and that was it, really," Jesson recalls with a laugh. "We just sat there in a...field and wrote the beginning of what was our second record. And as soon as we got the first few songs it was fine. It was easy, to be honest. But it took a minute to get there."

Palma Violets also threw down a creative gauntlet by bringing in John Leckie, famed for his groundbreaking work with John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney's Wings, Stone Roses and others, to produce the album. But, Jesson says, Leckie wound up being a catalyst that made "Danger in the Club" even better.

"He's one of the last great English producers, so he was THE guy we wanted to work with," the bassist says. "To be honest we only had five songs recorded, and he can't play anything but he just lured all these songs out of us. We left him with, like, 18 songs, which was brilliant. You'd just play something in the studio and he'd hear it and go, 'What the...is that?! Let's do it!'

"So he'd do that and we'd wind up with a great song that never would've come if he hadn't been listening in the other room."

Palma Violets

Thursday, May 14. Doors open at 8 p.m.

The Loving Touch, 22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale.

Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 day of show.

Call 248-546-3696 or visit www.thelovingtouchferndale.com


Web Site: www.thelovingtouchferndale.com

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