Guest column - Maximum high: Palma Violets on the creation of album 180

Guest column - Maximum high: Palma Violets on the creation of album 180

palmavioletsWith Palma Violets release their debut 180 today (25 February), co-frontman Chilli Jesson (right) looks back on the records creation, plus explains why no song got more than three takes in a guest column for Q - plus get our new issue, Q321 out tomorrow (26) for an exclusive feature with the London band.

It's well exciting the album is finally coming out. We've been waiting for this day for fucking ages. Finally people know the record. It's always a nerve-wracking thing going to a gig and dancing around to something you don't know - you don't want to look like an idiot - so now people can know the songs and hopefully they'll love it as much as we do and everything will fall into place.

The album is a moment in time for us. A real moment of time. All those songs were naturally done, nothing's been contrived. This is literally the emotions of four mates in a basement in Lambeth trying to make something, trying to do something, but not taking it too seriously. It's only music. If you take it too seriously that's where it all goes wrong. We just did it in three takes. Three takes each song and if it didn't work we'd leave it.

Why did we do it what way? Well we're not that good! And I think you lose a lot of soul if you keep doing it again and again. It's all about keeping faith and keeping soul. Trying to make things perfect is an easy way to lose those things. The rawness of the songs is there on record - besides, it's our first record, we'd never been in a studio before so it's all very new.

Of course the songs are changing and evolving on the road now. How shit would that be if they were just exactly the same? They're changing all the time, new songs are coming now too. But even the songs on the record are new to us. A lot of bands wait two years to release their songs, we're only really getting to grips with ours right now. We're really starting to enjoy them.

Is there a danger we could actually get good? Well, of course there's that danger! It's always been my dream to be good at an instrument, so if we keep practising and hammering away, you never know... Chilli Jesson was speaking to Paul Stokes

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