Fake Palms Premieres Shimmering Psych Rocker 'Sparkles'
An awful lot of rock music is based around tricking rock fans into getting down with pop hooks. Shoegaze, psych, noise pop -- they've often got some unrelenting melodies buried beneath all that swirling, feedback-y murkiness. Or maybe listeners are simply down with the earworm to begin with. Either way, Toronto's Fake Palms are very trippy as well as very catchy, and they're a band to look out for.
Today they're premiering a new song called "Sparkles" exclusively through Billboard:
"'Sparkles' was the song from the record that came together in the least amount of time," frontman Mike le Riche tells Billboard. "I was in between apartments, renting a place for a few weeks, and just had a duffel bag of clothes, my laptop, and a guitar. The progression from initial idea to completed song took about two hours. It was an experiment to see how off center we could get musically, counterbalanced with classic pop melodies. We change time signatures, the guitars are abrasive, the drums and bass are big and distorted, but at the end of the day we're trying to make music that you can hum along to."
We certainly enjoyed humming along to this one. It comes from Fake Palms' self-titled debut LP, due via Buzz Records on Aug. 28th. Work began on the band's earliest songs in 2011, but it wasn't until earlier this year that the band premiered its first official single, "Sun Drips." Around that time, le Riche recruited drummer Simone TB, bassist Patrick Marshall, and guitarist Lane Halley to round out the lineup and bring his one-time bedroom project to life.