Behind the music – Palps

Palps, four rock musicians based in Essex, have released Always lovethe new single from their upcoming album Black Heart. We asked leader Alex Gray the BIG questions. . .

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The album sees the band transform their eight-track album into a harrowing eight-chapter short story that uses their music videos to highlight the daily struggles of someone navigating their poor mental health and how it affects not only them but also those around them.

Speaking of the album as a whole, Alex says: “Black Heart at its core, it’s about how traumatic events and mental health issues can harden you, not be able to express love the same way you used to, and can often cause you to hurt your loved ones, without you even realizing it.

Tell us three things about yourself?

Besides being at Palps, I’m also a huge boxing fan. I go to a class two to three times a week and hope to fight again this year if I have enough time to train properly!

I’m totally obsessed with Halloween and all things horror. Before covid, I volunteered at a scary maze every October.

I also host a podcast called gray tales where we cover a variety of scary paranormal topics!

How would you describe your music?

I would describe our music as inspired by emo and alternative rock bands of the late 90s/early 2000s. What sets us apart is that we all listen to very different styles of music. For example, our drummer Hayden is into much heavier music than me, so I can come and rehearse with an emo-inspired riff and he’ll play something completely different from what I had in mind. Which often makes the songs much more interesting!

What are your musical inspirations?

In band terms I would say bands like Sunny Day Real Estate, The Promise Ring, Knapsack, Citizen and Basement. Personally growing up I always liked the way Ben Folds and Rivers Cuomo from Weezer sang, I think it really shows in my voice now.

What was the first gig you went to and the first record you bought/downloaded?

My first real gig was Green Day at the Milton Keynes Bowl. It was an absolutely amazing experience, and I was so rock ‘n’ roll at the time that I had a picnic with me.

What’s your favorite song right now?

Julia Nunes – No sudden movements. Julia Nunes was an artist who did mostly covers that I followed in the early days of YouTube. I recently rediscovered her page after many years and found that she is now making amazing original music. No sudden movements is an incredibly moody and atmospheric song that I would recommend to anyone looking for something new and different to listen to.

Favorite lyric of all time?

It’s hard, but off the top of my head, it would be Bible Belt by Dry the river“Because we’ve been through worse than that before we could talk, the trick is not to be afraid anymore.”

If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Daft Punk- digital love. By far my favorite song of all time!

Where can people find more information about Palps?

Facebook, Instagram, Spotify, YouTube.

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