LIVE REVIEW: PALM READER, BODEGA (27/04/18)
Palm Reader, fresh off the back of a successful European tour supporting Rolo Tomassi, make their hometown album release show appearance. Having slipped under the radar for too long, their long awaited latest album ‘Braille’ will surely be the one to propel them to bigger things, and deservedly so.
They start the night with ‘Internal Winter’ from their latest album, which sets the tone for the set – a celebration of an album they are clearly proud of. It took a few songs for the crowd to get going, but sure enough things start to warm up rapidly, ‘Always Darkest’ a standalone single from 2017 turns the intimate venue into raging sweatbox.
Frontman Josh Mckeown intensely commands the front of the small stage, with the slower moments of the set, ‘Coalesce’ and ‘Inertia’, demonstrating that Josh is much more than your average hardcore vocalist. ’The Turn’, getting one of the best reactions of the night, certainly shows how far the band have come as songwriters, blending crushing verses with singalong choruses without ever compromising their original sound.
The barrier-less stage gives the fans an opportunity to share these moments intimately with the band, and also allows for some stage diving from the most passionate of the Palm Reader faithful crowd. The 9 song set passes by all too quickly. The band invite the crowd to join them for drinks after the show before finishing up with crowd favourite ‘I Watch The Fire Chase My Tongue’.
The UK hardcore scene is in a very exciting place right now, and the queue for merch table after the show is an encouraging sign that the fans want to give something back to such a hard working and talented band.
– Rob Edwards