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Palma Violets Premieres American Folk-Channeling “English Tongue”

​English emotion with a gospel sound.

March 31, 2015

On their latest song, "English Tongue," the Palma Violets boys meld their usual garage rock scrappiness with some familiar-feeling American folk vibes. The UK four-piece uses country textures—faux organ, guitars, and a slight Southern vocal twang—to create a gospel sort of feeling; it's defenitely a comfortable sound to sink into.

"'English Tongue'" is the last song we wrote for the album," frontman Sam Fryer told FADER over email. "We thought it sounded like an American country folk song with English lyrics and emotion. Then the name and character of Hugh Diver appeared, a man tied down by the pressures of fame and religion." The band's new album, Danger in the Club, will be released via Rough Trade on May 5th.

Lead image: Ed Miles

Palma Violets Premieres American Folk-Channeling “English Tongue”