Palm Share “Doggy Doctor” via AdHoc – Full Length Debut “Trading Basics” Due Out November 6th on Inflated Records / Exploding In Sound

November 1, 2015
photo courtesy of Palm

photo courtesy of Palm

Palm Share “Doggy Doctor” via AdHoc

Full Length Debut “Trading Basics” Due Out November 6th
on Inflated Records / Exploding In Sound

November Tour Kicks Off Next Week
Named Stereogum’s “Best New Bands of 2015

Philadelphia via Hudson Valley, NY quartet Palm are sharing “Doggy Doctor,” the third single from the band’s stunning debut, Trading Basics. Making it’s debut via AdHoc, a publication known for showcasing the best in experimental sounds, they shared, ” Palm’s style is genuine and unaffected. Their music is complex, yet intuitive. Seeing them perform live, you’re watching a dialogue between band members; the tradition of the rock band is turned on its head as each instrument plays melodic lines that fit together in a transient equilibrium.”

That puzzle piece approach to song writing runs deep through the band’s complex and challenging record, forever shifting direction and yielding undeniably rewarding results.Trading Basics (due out on November 6th via Inflated Records / Exploding In Sound), is a behemoth of uncompromising post-punk and experimental art rock, brilliantly created and envisioned as a true collaboration between each member of Palm. Unpredictable music for unpredictable times, Palm are creating beauty in dissonance.

Speaking about “Doggy Doctor,” AdHoc elaborated, “The song is powered by an ametric groove of pizzicato electric guitars over a sturdy bass line and stream of consciousness drumming. Guitarist and vocalist Kasra Kurt’s voice glides over the rich instrumental texture. He delivers long, legato vocal phrases that walk the line between restraint and abandonment.”

Stereogum recently named Palm one of their “50 Best New Bands of 2015,” not the juxtaposition of their challenging yet accessible sounds, “When we named Palm a Band To Watch this year, I compared their music to fractals — unending sets of patterns that radiate out from a song’s basic structure to create limitless iterations of its initial sound. Trading Basics is as inventive and daring as a debut can be, somehow managing to syphon a small fragment of Palm’s often improvisational, mathy live shows into something cohesive and inviting for first-time listeners.”

Palm are set to bring their highly praised live show across the US and Canada in November. Dates can be found below.

11/06 – Brooklyn, NY @ Palisades (Record Release Show)
11/07 – Annandale-on-Hudson, NY @ Smog
11/08 – Philadelphia, PA @ Petting Zoo
11/09 – Washington DC @  Above the bayou
11/10 – Richmond, VA @ The Camel
11/11 – Raleigh, NC @ Neptunes
11/12 – Columbia, SC @ Bluetile Skateshop
11/13 – Atlanta, GA @ The Cleaners*
11/14 – Tallahassee, FL @ The Wolf’s Den*
11/15 – New Orleans, LA @ Saturn Bar*
11/16 – Lafayette, LA @ Sacred Alter
11/17 – Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas
11/18 – Denton, TX @ Gatsby’s Mansion
11/19 – Memphis, TN @ Found
11/20 – Nashville, TN @ Pussy Palace
11/21 – Indianapolis, IN @ Joyful Noise
11/22 – Chicago, IL @ Flood House
11/23 – Oberlin, OH @ Above the Subway #
11/24 – Windsor, ON # +
11/25 – Guelph, ON @ Jimmy Jazz # +
11/26 – Toronto # +
11/27 – Montreal, QC @ Brasserie Beaubien # +
11/28 – Hadley, MA @ Tubecats #
11/29 – Boston, MA @ Out of the Blue Gallery #

* w/ Hellier Ulysses
# w/ Banned Books
+ w/ Junior Bob

Stereogum recently named Palm one of the sight’s “Band To Watch” sharing “Palm’s mathy sound wasn’t developed just for the sake of seeming complicated, or proving their musical prowess. “We aren’t interested in making overly complicated music for the sake of itself. Every sound has to serve some sort of purpose,” she (Alpert) said. The record’s first single “Crank” screeches and swerves in and out of control before Alpert’s voice welds its erratic scaffolding together. Tension builds and drops-off at the lyrical apex”

“There’s a definite magnetism that comes with sidestepping conventions, which Palm does a lot here, with a hypnotizing energy. The track [Ankles] is ultimately full of so many clever turns that it’s tough to imagine them ever playing it the same way twice.” – The FADER

While the four-piece have made their home in the same Hudson Valley scene as experimental art rockers Buke and Gase, Palm’s story started when guitarists/vocalists Kasra Kurt and Eve Alpert developed a musical kinship while attending the same high school. The pair decided to continue their education at Bard College and quickly founded Palm with drummer Hugo Stanley. Their earliest material was entirely instrumental and concentrated on the interplay between Kasra and Eve’s thick, mechanical guitar parts against Hugo’s sparse, loose drum phrases. Not long after that, the band added Gerasimos Livitsanos on bass and has refined its sound over the past few years with a focus on detail, density, and heaviness. With a palette informed by punk, metal, and noise as well as jazz and bossa nova, they utilize traditional rock instruments to create playful experiments that, using unpredictable time signatures, move up and down, back and forth, and all over the map.

Trading Basics challenges the listener’s expectations with moments of dissonance that are reigned in and precise. The pretty moments are often where the chaos is. Amid these constant and rapid changes, the band sneaks in an unrelenting, trance-inducing repetition. Recorded and mixed by Eli Crews (Deerhoof, tUnE-yArDs) at Figure 8 Studios in Brooklyn, the album is a confident statement that this young band has carefully crafted a unique sonic vocabulary and methodology during their short time together. Being somewhat removed from city life, and having access to a 24 hour practice space in Hudson, has resulted in an unparalleled level of discipline and focus on their craft. In addition to the new record and the band’s recent relocation to Philadelphia, expect Palm to take their incredibly tight live show on the road in support of Trading Basics in the year to come.

Trading Basics tracklist:

1. Time Times Three
2. Crank [stream/embed]
3. Ankles [stream/embed]

4. Doggy Doctor [stream/embed]
5. You Are What Eats You
6. Egg in a Frame
7. Child Actor
8. Second Ward
9. Drawn Straws
10. Garden
11. Scribe

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