Kurt Cobain once described Nirvana as ‘Bay City Rollers after an assault by Black Sabbath’; he recognised that pop didn’t have to be light, and rock didn’t have be noise, that they could in fact, be the perfect partners. It was this mantra that laid the foundation for Black Palms.
Singer Briony Macanas grew up singing soul but felt the need to amplify, drifting towards a heavier sound and a rock vocal tone. Meanwhile avid metal-head guitarist Chris Sarantis, had joined Southampton pop rock band Volume with drummer Tally Fathalla, and was moving in the other direction; away from the riffs and screaming and towards hooky songwriting. By the time the three crossed paths back in London they instantly connected: Briony brought the hooks, Tally brought the big beats and Chris tempered the mix with his iconic octave guitar sound, their blend of metal, rock, soul and pop creating the unique Black Palms sound that’s won them so many plaudits in 2018.