Olympia’s Dark Palms Share B-Side Single “Locket” via PopMatters
“Ghost Horse b/w Locket” 7″ due out August 4th on Rock Therapy Records
Olympia’s Dark Palms are excited to share their own brand of eclectic goth pop and post-punk on their latest single “Locket” via PopMatters. Formed in the early months of 2015 byTimothy Grisham (Happy Noose), the band pick-up where Grisham’s former project left off, scraping the depths of post-punk’s darkest corners, though Dark Palms are doing things decidedly heavier. Things aren’t all noise and gloom though, as “Locket,” the b-side to the band’s debut single proves, there’s a degree of gothic romanticism just beneath Dark Palms’ shadowy exterior. The quartet, comprised of Grisham (guitars), Kenrick Ward(drums), Roger Landberg III (bass), and Laurence Goldenstar (vocals) have cut their teeth in the local punk scene, collectively having played in Happy Noose, The Revlons, Fabulous Downey Brothers, The Shidt and more but Dark Palms is a fresh beginning, an awakening of a dark and uncompromising sound. Rock Therapy Records is set to release the band’s debut “Ghost Horse b/w Locket” 7″ on August 4th (pre-orders are now available). Since their formation earlier this year, Dark Palms have been busy, writing, recording, and playing a constant barrage of shows throughout the Pacific Northwest. With a jam packed summer schedule and the band’s upcoming full length debut set for release later this year, Dark Palms aren’t looking to slow down anytime soon.
PopMatters premiered the singles brooding b-side, “Locket,” claiming, “Plumbing the depths of early Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Echo and the Bunnymen, and Joy Division, Olympia, Washington band Dark Palms bring a welcome gothic tinge to indie pop, a little garish darkness to an often rigid style of music. Not too shabby for a band that only formed earlier this year.”
Dark Palms blends dark post-punk with the fuzz of heavy psych. Often compared to bands as varied as The Church, Echo and the Bunnymen, and Spacemen 3 – Dark Palms’ music is barbaric, pulsing, yet nuanced and nimble. Formed in the early days of 2015, Dark Palms features guitarist/songwriter Timothy Grisham (Happy Noose), drummer Kenrick Ward (Fabulous Downey Brothers), bassist Roger Landberg III, and vocalist Laurence Goldenstar (The Shidt).
Shifting between the sounds of primal proto-punk and the howling decadence of legendary late 80’s post-punk, fuzzed out goth noise, and new wave, Dark Palms’ latest single “Ghost Horse” is a pulsating track, stampeding forward with washes of guitars and gothic distortion, swirling about with a psychedelic groove as vocalist Laurence Goldenstar croons and laments through the song’s dense haze.
“Ghost Horse,” the band’s official debut single will be released on a limited edition 7” via Rock Therapy Records on August 4th, ahead of the band’s upcoming full length record. The album, which features guest appearances from members of Broken Water, You Are Plural, and more will follow the single later this Fall/Winter.
08/13 – Olympia, WA @ Le Voyeur w/ Tunic
08/21 – Olympia, WA @ Le Voyeur w/ Hot Cops & Zigtebra
08/22 – Aberdeen, WA @ Grays Harbor Pride
08/28 – Portland, OR @ TBA (Record Release Show)