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What I Learned at Bandcamp: PALMS


PALMS is a Tempe-based beach soul band that began making music together in April. The group currently has only two songs available for name-your-price download on Bandcamp but plans for a full-length album in the near future.

On Monday, Nov. 12, PALMS will play at The Rogue Bar with Jared & The Mill, Instructions and The Hill in Mind.

Read The Spec‘s lengthy interview with the band, below…

Can you give us a little background on who you are (location, age, how you got involved in making music)?
We are PALMS: Melody, 23 (vocals), Anthony, 27 (guitar), Derek, 27 (drums), and Spike, 26 (bass). Anthony and Spike went to high school together and have been in different bands since then. We met Derek one night at Long Wong‘s at a Sister Cities show (who Spike plays bass for as well) and started hanging out on the reg. A year later (April 2012), after Sister Cities had taken an indefinite hiatus, Anthony and Spike got together and worked on some songs that Anthony had stored in his magical book of music.

After it was decided they needed to take the next step and get a drummer, Derek was the first person that came to mind. Only a few practices in with Derek, we had about eight songs ready to go but no singer. We put some ads on Craigslist, asked around in local online music forums, and even went to open mics to try and recruit someone. We only knew one thing, we wanted a girl singer but apparently those are hard to come by these days. It was coming down to the wire, since for some reason Spike had already booked our first show WITHOUT having a lead singer. There was a girl that Spike had met through an aquaintance at his work, who was in another band back in February and as a shot in the dark, we sent her our songs and asked her if she was interested.

Unhesitatingly, she said yes and showed up for practice a few days later. After sheepishly telling us how shy she was, at the start of our first song she got right on the mic and started singing along. It was at that moment Anthony, Derek and Spike all looked at each other with the same thought in their heads that she’s the one! Three practices later, we were discussing the possibility of scheduling a show prior to our debut at the Oak Creek Music Festival in Sedona. Melody then said, “Well, Yucca has open mic tomorrow… we have three songs down… lets do it!” We ended up playing three shows before the Oak Creek Music Festival and haven’t looked back since.

How long have you been making music?
Seemingly, for more than half of our lives, whether it be cutting our teeth by reading tabs and learning songs by our favorite bands, jamming with friends in countless garages and bedrooms, or writing poetry and lyrics that document any and all of life’s happenings that affect us, for better or for worse. The feeling that we’ve all been making music for as long as we have, and that it still seems just as fresh and as exciting today as it did that very first time, says so much.

Who/what are your influences?
Life, fun, beaches, friends, family, and most of all… music (insert every artist from every genre here) But really, we have a wide perspective on our musical influences, there’s no way to just name one without naming them all.

How did you come up with your name?
It stems from our original idea to incorporate beachy sounds and feelings into our songs and palm trees are such a beautiful representation of that. A name though should be short, to the point and easy to remember so Spike suggested PALMS instead of Palm Trees. We want you to think of the beach, summer and fun when you hear our name.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
Our plans are to eventually record a full-length album, make a music video, and tour extensively. This all takes time and money, but we have all the time in the world (it’s that money part that’s holding us back!) We will for sure be traveling to California by the end of the year, and also going through Austin for SXSW 2013.

What inspires your music?
Love, heartbreak, happiness, anger and every emotion that everyone feels at some point in their lives. Our overall inspiration is love, namely both the good and the bad that come from it.

Why do you make music?
We do it because it makes us happy. What makes us even happier though, is when we’re able to share what we create with everybody and they like it, can relate to it, can dance to it, etc. That’s icing on the cake and makes us want to make even more. It’s like giving a gift, and giving gifts is more fulfilling than receiving them.

Anything you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
We have our own shot called the PALMS Pool Party. It’s three parts pineapple juice, three parts Malibu, one part Bacardi 151 – shake for a good time… then Blue Curacao floater on top! Also, don’t be afraid to buy us drinks!

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