KNOTTY AND ANGULAR INDIE ROCK FROM PHILADELPHIA WITH NEW CARPARK LP, 'ROCK ISLAND’
Bunk Bar: Palm
The Spirit Of The Beehive
1028 SE WATER AVE
Portland, OR, 97214
Doors 9:00 PM / Show 9:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Palm plays rock music backwards. Eve Alpert and Kasra Kurt’s guitars occupy themselves most often with the pace-keeping work typical of a rhythm section. Meanwhile, Gerasimos Livitsanos’ bass and Hugo Stanley’s drums perform commentary and reportage from their deeply embedded positions at the front. The band is firmly attached to the physicality of rock, but not as much its tone; their instruments tend to sound like any number of things at any given time.
None of the members of Palm are formally trained on their instruments. The band formed in 2011 at college in Upstate New York, when high school friends Eve and Kasra met Gerasimos and Hugo. In those early days, the band was just beginning to forge its collective musical identity through experiments in recording and performing live.
Their first album, Trading Basics (2015), was written in Hudson, NY, a riverside outpost where the group could clarify its intentions outside the direct influence of nearby cultural capitals. That year, the members of Palm relocated to Philadelphia, where they continue to live only a few blocks apart from one another. This proximity has facilitated a level of collaboration necessary for a sound so slippery to remain in the firm grasp of its players.
On 2017’s Shadow Expert EP, they made use of the steady hand granted by a tireless touring schedule, cutting their songs to efficiencies of pop confection without sacrificing the avant-adventurism at the center. The effort was met with praise from such outlets as Pitchfork, Stereogum, Spin, and Tiny Mix Tapes, who likened the sound variously to Stereolab, Slint, Sonic Youth and Broadcast. With Rock Island (2018), Palm excuses the company of these myriad influences with a sly brush of a hand, ushering the listener into a new domain, thrillingly strange for all its familiarity.
The Spirit Of The Beehive
“The Spirit Of The Beehive are great at creating their own weird little world. On their 2014 and 2015’s EP, the Philadelphia-based group painted in muddy watercolors and dreary smears. Their third release, Pleasure Suck, is even more ambitious and chaotic, fine-tuning that evocative portraiture into songs that sound stormy and submerged. It opens with a far-off violin and tape warble, gradually morphing into a layer of dense noise and confusion that never lets up for the album’s runtime. But underneath their obfuscation are tight melodies and hooks; they just take a little while to become apparent. Once they’re under your skin, though, it’s hard to get them out, and Pleasure Suck is an immersive listen that speaks to the talent of this enigmatic band.”