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Band Of The Day: Palm Reader
NAME: Palm Reader
FOR FANS OF: Gallows, Touché Amoré, Norma Jean
LATEST RELEASE: ‘Palm Reader’ EP (2012, self-released)
Woking’s Palm Reader have caused an almighty stir with their debut, self-titled EP (available for free from their Bandcamp, don’t ya know), and it’s not difficult to see why. Drawing on the likes of Botch and The Chariot for inspiration, the five-piece have recently been tearing venues all across the UK a new one with their distinctive strain of technical, unutterably passionate hardcore. We caught up with bassist Josh (Posh) Redrup to find out more.
How did you guys get together?
“In short, the band was our singer’s idea. We’ve all been in various bands around Woking for years and have always spoken about starting something together, so it just took someone to actually initiate it, and here we are. There are literally no venues in Woking, so we’ve taken every opportunity to tour.”
What have been the highlights of your year together so far?
“We’ve been really lucky with some of the tours we’ve had. Our first tour in March was with the best dudes ever, Let’s Talk Daggers, and since then we’ve had the privilege of playing with some incredible bands, meeting a lot of awesome people. Our shows with Gallows and Pianos Become The Teeth were especially amazing.”
How’s the writing going for your new EP?
“It’s going well so far! There’s no real direction to it as yet, but we have a few songs down and they’re sounding good. Recording should be great too. The first EP was our first time in the studio, and we had a lot of fun.”
“Bastions and Brotherhood of the Lake are two of the best bands in the UK at the moment. They’re good friends of ours and we’re incredibly lucky to be on the road with them. They both put on ridiculous live shows and we’ll be there too!”
Words: Rob Sayce