Palma Violets, Splashh and MT shaking the foundations of The 100 Club.
A packed 100 Club once again vibrated to the sound of one of the most exciting bands in the country on Monday night. An electric atmosphere that more than did justice to the legendary club’s heritage was created not only by the raucous sounds coming from Palma Violets and support, but by the excitement coming from the crowd. Only a week on from the release of their highly anticipated debut, and riding high from a slot on the nationwide NME tour this was a one-off chance for true fans to get up close and personal with a band destined to take much larger stages by storm in 2013 and beyond.
Of course it wasn’t just the South London foursome that the crowd were here to see, early buzz throughout the day on Twitter and in the queue showed an equally large number of people eagerly waiting for their chance to see Splashh and MT on The 100 Club’s intimate stage. The club was full to capacity before openers MT even came on and they proved themselves to the be perfect party starters with an accomplished electro-tinged sound and frontman Michael Tomlinson’s natural onstage charm whipping up an early dance floor.
Splashh kept the feel good energy high with their own blend of 90s-referencing psychedelia. With a touch of Spring in the air this week in London, tracks like last year’s ‘Need It’ got the crowd dreaming of festivals, fields and Summer.
Out of the dreamy haze Palma Violets delivered the wake up call with a razor sharp performance clearly honed by the recent tour. Trading reverb-soaked riffs frontmen Sam Fryer and Chilli Jesson were clearly loving every minute of their sixty minutes on stage. With their debut album barely on the shelves the tracklist was never going to be a surprise, more striking were the number of people singing every word. A visceral and exciting band who clearly do much more than just live up to the hype.