Palms & Pelicans are a breath of fresh air to established guitar band pop music. Sweet melodies against crunchy trad rock guitar they punch into your musical consciousness, like digging a hole in the ground and leaving flowers to grow.
The four strong guitar band hailing from the New Forest are not in any way big city audio-techy or emotionally strangling like so many nouveau-grunge outfits that often come along with the recipe of dual vocal guitar band four piece but rather Palms & Pelicans bring the sweet fragrance of the countryside with them, yet unlike many big city outfits they do seem happening.
They have tinges of teen-angst-melancholy but it’s all very adult and responsible .Its well in proportion to the euphoric uplifting choruses laced with dual harmony melodies. Having seen them a few times even with what they think was an uninspired performance, it is still musically tight and punchy, a sort of magical glitter thriving amongst a mechanical clash of guitars that works really well. They just have something special about them. There was broad audience present who were actually quite receptive to the music.
The veteran rocker next to me who still gigging, just returned from the bill of an Isle of Wight musical festival was bowled over. You don’t even have to be a musician to appreciate and recognise the song writing . Playing to a Sunday night talking heads crowd the excitement of their sound was the same as a packed out Sat night indie hipsters one at Lennons. By the time of my second gig with them I was humming the melodies in familiar fashion. They just have it. You can see their next live show Monday September 3rd The Railway in Winchester, or at Lennons on October 13th.
Local evening Echo music writer and overall respected man about Southampton town Xan Philips played them on his VoiceFM radio show and said he ‘finds them endearing’.
Have a listen to ‘Float’