Following the summer release of their sublime sophomore album ‘Life After’, a sold-out November UK & European tour and the announcement of their first ever North American tour, London band Palace today release ‘The Hoxa Sessions’ EP, a collection of stripped-back acoustic performances recorded at London’s Hoxa Studios following the completion of ‘Life After’. The EP includes new versions of 3 ‘Life After’ tracks as well as brand new track ‘Trouble On The Water’, premiering today.
‘Life After’ is a stunning album with a clear message; hope. Its eleven tracks are full of the melodic warmth and rich textures that earned them their legions of fans overnight following the release of their debut EP in 2014. It is an album in equal parts about loss as well as a manual to moving on, stronger than before. “While there are a couple of different threads to the record, ultimately there’s a romance to it alongside a feeling of looking to the future through a new lens.” Says frontman Leo; “While still being aware of the unknown, you can allow yourself to feel hopeful, stronger and grateful for what you’ve got.”
‘Life After’ follows Palace’s acclaimed 2016 debut album ‘So Long Forever’ and includes the heart-wrenching ‘Heaven Up There‘ (Lauren Laverne’s ‘Headphones Moment’ on BBC 6 Music) and current single ‘Running Wild‘. It’s a profoundly candid album from a band who have built a loyal global fanbase for their uniquely bittersweet arrangements. After demoing the tracks at their Tottenham studio The Arch, Palace turned to Catherine Marks (2018’s UK Producer of the Year; St Vincent, Wolf Alice and PJ Harvey) at Willesden’s Assault & Battery studios and Luke Smith (Foals, Slow Club) at Jump Studios in Tottenham to record the album in summer 2018.
Leo Wyndham, Matt Hodges and Rupert Turner have been friends since they were thirteen and released their acclaimed debut EP ‘Lost In The Night’ in 2014, followed by the ‘Chase The Light’ EP the following year and their debut album ‘So Long Forever’ in 2016. The strength of those releases saw their fanbase steadily grow, leading to extensive touring, ever-larger festival slots and culminating in a sold-out UK headline tour including London’s Shepherds Bush Empire.
Having built a dedicated live following through mesmerising shows at some of the country’s finest venues, Palace played some of the world’s biggest festivals last summer before an autumn tour culminating at their biggest show ever at a sold-out Camden Roundhouse. The band will hit the road again in February for their debut North American tour, which is close to selling out after ‘Life After’ became the 4th most added record at US college radio, and will tour the UK again in March to play previously unvisited cities.
Palace UK Live Dates:
Fri 13th Norwich, Waterfront
Sat 14th Brighton, Chalk
Sun 15th Southampton, Engine Rooms
Tues 17th Birmingham, Institute 2
Weds 18th Bath, Komedia
Fri 20th Cardiff, Tramshed
Sat 21st Oxford, O2 Academy
Sun 22nd Hull, The Welly
Tues 24th Edinburgh, Caves
Weds 25th Liverpool, Arts Club Theatre
Fri 27th Lincoln, Engine Shed
Sat 28th Sheffield, The Foundry