Palma Violets maintain pub-rock tradition 

After blasting out of Britain with an overseas hit 2012 debut “180,” Palma Violets didn’t rest on its laurels. Co-frontmen Sam Fryer and Chilli Jesson dragged renowned producer John Leckie out of semi-retirement for their new sophomore disc “Danger In the Club,” but instructed him to leave the frayed, garage-trashy edges on careening Libertines-school powerchorders like “English Tongue,” “Secrets of America” and “Hollywood (I Got It).” Jesson says, “So I’ve got only one mission, and it’s about legacy – leaving something great behind in life.” How have things changed over the past couple of years?

Quite drastically, I suppose. I was working in a clothes shop, selling suits before this, and now I’m in a band. But I love it – I can’t imagine my life being any other way.

Have you started buying some suits yourself?

I can only afford some second-hand suits at the moment. But I’ve been back to my old clothes shop since, just as a customer. But it’s great going back, because I have a lot of mates that still work there, and they don’t give a shit about what I do. But I think I learned more there than I did in the last year and a half, touring. I was just dealing with dickheads most of the time, because everyone who walked in there – apart from the staff – was a snotty toff. So I know how to deal with that side of the music industry now.

You see Palma Violets as more pub rock than punk rock, and love classic albums from that genre, like Graham Parker’s “Heat Treatment,” right?

Oh, man! That is one of my favorite records! That was proper pub rock, from the fucking core of London. And that pre-dated any punk rock. There were no political agendas. You know how punk rock bands were very self-aware? How they really cared about the way they looked and their style? With pub rock, it was like, “Who gives a shit, man? We’ll play whatever stage we can play, just to give the people what they want to hear!”

But you not only met Graham Parker, he gave you a song to record?

Yeah. We know his daughter, and he came and saw us in London, and he’d just written the music for his new record with The Rumour. And he said, “This song, well, I was going to do it. But I want to give it to you.” And he gave it to us on an MP3 – it’s called “Any Kind of Weather,” and I almost want to ask him to record it with us. I mean, doing a song with your hero? It doesn’t get much better than that, man!


Palma Violets

Where: Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 24

Tickets: $15

Contact: (415) 861-2011,

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