Palm Honey: An Interview

Jeremy Corbyn has pissed off Palm Honey. “He’s upset me” deadpans frontman Joseph Mumford, who is miffed that their BBC Introducing set at Glastonbury “clashed with Corbyn.” Whether that’s because the Reading four-piece were forced to miss the speech that drew one of The Pyramid’s largest ever crowds or because said crowds didn’t turn up to watch Tucked Into The Electronic Wave live isn’t clear.

Those who did prioritise their set experienced a moving stream of dream-pop psychedelia, which the band (Joseph Mumford, Harrison Clark, Seb Bowden and Ayden Spiller) repeat tonight for a rapturous audience in the basement of Stoke Newington’s Waiting Room.

Palm Honey don’t write about politics. But that’s only for fear of sounding “too preachy…we don’t want to sound like U2 or something” grins Mumford. Outside of the studio though, politics is a “second favourite” after music. Though his speech clashed with their set, Palm Honey “still love” Corbyn for his honesty and principles: “he’s stood for the same things his whole life and hasn’t been interested in careerist nonsense.”

In particular, it’s the contrast with the grotty politicians we’re used to that make Jezza so appealing: “people are fed up with nonsense fake politics and those who dictate the media are completely out of touch with people in general.” Despite this, the frontman also predicts the sticking power of the current Conservative government, propped up by the DUP: “far worse things have lasted in government…I think they will probably last a while because people will forget and become apathetic.”

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On a far less depressing note, and one that we’re always happy to discuss: vinyl. As for all of our alumni, records are a “ritual”, and for Palm Honey, it’s the fact that records encourage fans to “actually listen to the whole body of work” that make them so important to a music industry drowning in corporate interference. “We are big believers in format: in an EP or an album and I think it’s important that people listen to music in that context rather than taking things out.”

With a record (You Stole My Blackout/Bones) already out on Flying Vinyl, Palm Honey return this autumn with Starving Hysterical Naked. Mumford “loves Ginsberg a lot”, though the song title (a line from fifties Beat Poem Howl) was chosen for the aesthetic more than any affinity the new material has with the poem: “it’s a stark image and I think a song title should give you an idea of its aesthetic.”

“Not as pop-y” as previous records, the upcoming track shares affinity with Ginsberg’s classic through its mood: “it’s the darkest, heaviest and most dissonant thing we’ve put out.” We hope you’re as excited as we are!


 A version of this article first appeared on the Flying Vinyl Blog here


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