Watch Video: Palma Violets – Best of Friends

Palma Violets are an indie rock English band from Lambeth, London. The band formed in 2011, based on the musical partnership of frontmen Samuel Thomas Fryer and Alexander “Chilli” Jesson.

The band’s musical output is primarily based around the rock genre, with some Garage rock and psychedelic influences. Palma Violets’ first single, “Best of Friends”, was voted NME’s song of the year for 2012, and their debut album 180 was released on 25 February 2013.

Much like Arctic Monkeys, the band gained a substantial fan base online before the release of their first single – with multiple live videos of their gigs being uploaded by fans.  The band are signed to Rough Trade Records.Palma Violets will appear on the NME Awards Tour 2013, along with Miles Kane, Django Django and Peace.

On December 9, 2012, the BBC announced that the band had been nominated for the Sound of 2013 poll.

Palma Violets were formed by bassist/vocalist Alexander “Chilli” Jesson, guitarist/vocalist Samuel Thomas Fryer, keyboardist Jeffrey Peter Mayhew and drummer William Martin Doyle. On January 10, the band premièred their track, “Step Up for the Cools Cats” on BBC Radio. Having been selected as Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record in the World, the Steve Mackey-produced track was released on to iTunes shortly after; serving as the second single to be taken from 180 following the Rory Attwell produced debut single, and winner of NME’s ‘Track of the Year 2012’, “Best of Friends”.

Watch the band performing live at Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop in Austin, TX, during SXSW. Recorded March 13, 2013.



Johnny Bagga’ Donuts
Rattlesnake Highway
Tom the Drum
Chicken Dippers
Best of Friends
Step Up for the Cool Cats
Last of the Summer Wine
We Found Love

Host: Kevin Cole
Audio Engineer: Steve Winders
Cameras: Jim Beckmann, Shelly Corbett & Scott Holpainen
Editor: Jim Beckmann



Awards and nominations

Year Organisation Award Work Result
2012 BBC Sound of 2013 N/A Nominated
NME 50 Best Tracks of 2012 “Best of Friends” Won
2013 Best New Band N/A Won

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