Southgate boys Lou Hill, Gareth Jones and James Parish grew up together and formed an early incarnation of the band, Lou then met Darrell Hawkins whilst studying at Brighton University and completed the line-up. Academic duties fulfilled they all moved back to north London en masse and set about recording their acclaimed, post-punk leaning debut Until Spring.
After its release the band experimented with additional members, contributors and different set ups. After spending a good year developing a sound in this manner, the songs and music that were produced over this period of time were deemed not up to scratch and scrapped. What they had created just wasn’t right. The four men decided that they would record the record themselves to have as little outside influence as possible in order to create as true a reflection of their ideas as possible. They locked themselves away again and fused inspiration from the psych sounds of Silver Apples, the industrial shimmer of Portishead, the leftfield soul-infused hip hop of Madlib and Doom’s Madvillain project, DJ Shadow.
Five years later, Wild Palms return with the first taste of what’s to come with two new singles – Temper Gold and Ennio – both produced by Liam Howe (Lana Del Rey, FKA Twigs). Temper Gold will be released through One Little Indian Records on March 4th 2016.
Wild Palms are: Lou Hill (vocals), Darrell Hawkins (guitar), Gareth Jones (bass) and James Parish (drums).