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GET TO KNOW: PALMIST
After finding a huge amount of support for their recently shared singles, Chelmsford-based outfit PLAMIST have now returned to deliver their next hit-in-the-making 'If This Is Love'.
Mixed a broad and diverse mix of alt-rock and pop aesthetics throughout, 'If This Is Love' makes for a powerful return from the four-piece. Jam-packed with blistering textures, killer riffs, and memorable hooks from start to finish, these guys are certainly onto something very special here.
So with the new single available now, we joined Alex from the band for a quick chat to find out more about his origins and influences over the years.
What was the first instrument you learned to play?
I started having keyboard lessons when I was about 7 years old. One of our neighbours was a music teacher and my parents thought it would be a good idea to teach me and my brother how to play. I eventually ended up picking up a guitar around 11 years old, which became my main instrument. I did eventually come back around to playing keyboard a few years ago, which coincides with the time we started introducing more synths into our music.
What was the first album you remember owning?
The first album I ever owned must have been Busted's debut album. It was a massive album when I was young and it really kick started my obsession with rock music.
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
Sam and I actually had a pop-punk band back when we were still in school. The music was very questionable at times but it was definitely a very important learning experience for us all in terms of learning how to write songs, how to play in a band with other people, how to play a gig and all that stuff. Every now and then I'll have a listen to stuff from that band and cringe myself into a coma, but it was definitely a fun time in our lives.
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
Love Online by Donny Benét.
What has been the most thrilling moment about creating your own music?
It's cliché to say this, but it's got to be the moment when we finish writing our most recent song. It's always the most rewarding feeling being able to listen to something that you wrote and being able to have a dance, have a singsong or whatever. The feeling is normally followed by crushing anxiety when you worry that you'll never be able to write another song, but I think that's normal. And what about the most frustrating part?
Kind of following on from the last question, but writer's block has made me want to sell all my instruments more times than I'd like to admit.
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
Probably The 1975. I don't think the lineup would make much sense but one can dream. Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Sitting in a studio writing some bangers with my mates, or on a tour playing some bangers with my mates.
PALMIST's new single 'If This Is Love' is available to stream now. Check out the new video for it below.