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Our EP is finished!

After months of recording, editing, layering and mixing we are supremely proud to announce the completion of our debut EP, which will be called (drum roll)…Turned To Ash EP! And the best news? It has five tracks! Yep, we managed to find that extra bit of energy (and money) to give you even more of our banging music. No but seriously, we are mega proud of this.

It’s super weird hearing our stuff at a pro level for the first time. It’s finally captured the real genuine feel of our we sound live plus has added enough extra little arrangement and production elements to really maximise the potential of each song, but without bogging them down in unnecessary filler.

Massive thanks to Russell Keeble, producer at Dark Note studios for helping us capture some magnificent performances and some awesome sounds, and thanks to our very own in-house mix engineer, Chris Sarantis for pulling it all together into his cohesive vision for our band! What would we do without you 😉

Click the link to join us on our journey with free music from the EP: blackpalms.co.uk/free-music

Turned To Ash video has dropped.

When we approached Andy and Tai at EPiK to make this we just wanted a solid music video. They seemed to have misread the brief. Instead they have accidentally made the BEST MUSIC VIDEO EVER. Don’t believe us? Just check it out below. Go on. Click the button. Sit back and watch the three of us catching fire, exploding into a myriad of shapes and textures, watch us head bang, strum, hit and sing as if our lives depended on it. See us pulling shapes, travelling back and forth on some kind of weird interstellar treadmill, appear as miniature versions of ourselves and generally look awesome. It really is extraordinary to think this was created from standing on a rotating platform in front of a green screen. The standard of editing and grading is just fantastic and that’s been reiterated by friends of ours in the TV industry. Oh and watch fire come out of our mouths. That really is incredible. As we said before. Best. Music. Video. Ever. What can we say except a heartfelt thanks to Andy and Tai from EPiK. Thank you!!!

Here’s the link.

We have artwork!

We are very proud to reveal our new official band logo and artwork – see images below. Laying all our cards on the table for a moment, we did try and find some fonts ourselves but nothing really stuck; they all felt generic, uptight and failed to capture the essence of our sound. We needed something loose, organic and unique, just like our sound!

Enter designer extraordinaire Paul Jeffrey. We gave him a brief with some basic ideas and he just ran with it. I’m sure you’ll agree that he has absolutely smashed it out of the park, with a personally hand-crafted font and some truly awesome pieces of art. We really feel he’s captured the raw but classy feel of our sound and cannot wait to get these printed up for the release of our debut EP. Thanks Paul!

Our first video!

We’ve just come back from making our very first music video! We picked one of our biggest stompers Turned To Ash and found an absolutely class act in EPiK Music Videos to do the honours, with their very own in-house guy Tai Campbell on directorial duties. It was an exhausting but exhilarating day with each member of the band individually filmed on a rotating platform against a green screen. And on top of all that we all got to wear makeup, including the boys! Whey.

The idea is then to manipulate all the footage using clever editing, colouring and double exposure techniques to simulate us playing in a scintillating world of flame and smoke and then eventually overlay our individual performances to give the effect of simultaneity; isn’t technology marvellous! Massive thanks to Tai, Andy (producer) and the whole crew who were seasoned professionals. What a day.

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We’re recording!

The time has come. We’re heading in! So unbelievably excited to announce we’re in the studio recording some of our best songs from the year in a hotly anticipated EP. We’re aiming for at least four tracks, but depending on time we may treat you to a fifth! Tally and Chris are at Dark Note studios in Hackney working with producer Russell Keeble, laying down the framework of drums and guitars before Briony slots in her soaring vocal hooks in a couple of weeks. Then its percussion, BVs and final guitar layers before it’s over to our guitarist Chris for mixing.

Our process is pretty natural and organic as we don’t record to a click or rely on editing post-performance, instead making sure we capture fantastic live performances, only made possible by our relentless rehearsing and gigging. This approach to recording enables us to free ourselves from strict tempos meaning we can drop into heavier sections, or build momentum as a section develops. The looseness between the parts also captures the live feel perfectly; a producer once described it as the metaphorical equivalent of dancing instead of standing in an orderly queue!

Check out the pics from the studio:

 

 

Who are we?

Hey everyone! We’re Black Palms, a London three-piece with some huge tunes! In an era of mumble rap, chart pop and EDM we’re flying the flag for rock and we’re proud. We believe that music should be played not programmed and with our big hooks we’re sure you’ll come join us for the ride. We ram every track full of riffy goodness, intricate interwoven arrangements, epic vocal anthems and big beefy beats to try and make every moment in the Black Palms world as thrilling and fun as humanly possible!

Our journey began a little under a year ago, forming out of the ashes of previous projects and it’s been a wild ride so far. We started off in the rehearsal room jamming out new ideas, laid everything down in our home studio and then since then we’ve been hitting up venues across the capital all year to rapturous response. We’d love to see you down there so check out our tour page and come check us out – you can see some of our live photos below…

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