Palm Honey transformed The Montague Arms, in Peckham, into a 70s dream, with a mixture of current and experimental tracks.
Compared to the gig in the Shackwell Arms in January, Palm Honey seemed to explore more of themselves this time round, gallantly experimenting with more synthesiser than a Depeche Mode album.
Opening with the second track of their debut EP, Tucked into the Electronic Wave; “Stick The Knife In”, the band hastily leaned into a familiar song, gradually taking up the recognised few notes on both guitar and keyboard.
This familiarity though, would not last. As Palm Honey progressed through the night, they showcased an array of songs that before the gig, had not yet claimed existence from the ears of an audience, that was apparently stuck in the 70s.
The next song, “Hot Simian Weather”, a newbie from the band, had a vibe to it that The Rolling Stones‘s Mick Jagger neatly devised. The incessant screams of “Hot Simian Weather” from frontman Joseph Mumford reminisced Iggy Pop’s The Stooges days. These stock vocals were accompanied by some crazy synth sounds, and relentless percussion, inventing a sound that hasn’t been heard in a long time.
The next song came in two parts: “Starving Hysterical Naked” can be compared closely to much of the work on Pink Floyd’s, The Dark Side of The Moon. Admittedly, songs like these won’t be to everyone’s taste. They’re more experimental, and you really have to appreciate the kind of style that Palm Honey are going for to enjoy the whole two songs, that lasted well over fifteen minutes.
The two-part song saw the band really enjoying themselves. It was almost like a garage set. A compiled jam of harmonising drum, bass, keyboard, and that all important synth, that seems to be epitomising the band’s name.
The last song of the set was from the debut EPs wrap up, “I Can Try”. This time though, the band yet again demonstrated their musical ability with an extended jam outro.
The band projected what is likely to be their next theme, onto the back screen of the stage which made for really good visuals. All this effort will definitely take them somewhere.
Palm Honey have proven what their capable of, and will no doubt pick up even more fans with various festival slots ahead this summer. Room for improvement could probably come in the form of captivating and engaging an audience for the whole set, however, this is something that even the best bands have yet to achieve.
With this in mind, if you appreciate the style Palm Honey are recreating, then there’s no doubt you’ll be every ounce immersed in such counterculture.
(Feature Image Credit: Palm Honey)