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Palms Release “Palms” Today; Artist Direct Video Interview with Chino Moreno and Aaron Harris

| 25 June 2013 | Reply


June 25, 2013, Los Angeles – Palms, the Los Angeles-based band described by Spin as “a cinematic alt-metal supergroup combining 60 percent of post-rock dream weavers ISIS and the cloudgazing, dreamy, hyper-romantic vocals of Deftones’ frontman Chino Moreno,” have released their self-titled debut album today via Ipecac Recordings.

Artist Direct recently sat down for the first on-camera interview with Moreno and Harris and discussed how Palms came to be and what lies ahead for the quartet.  The interview clips can be viewed here:

Spin said Palms “is the slow-orbiting-rocket float of Oceanic-era ISIS painted in soft colors, now with the gushing, soaring melodies that would work on an older sibling’s mixtape next to Cure, Echo & the Bunnymen, US, or Depeche Mode.” Alternative Press awarded the album four stars, Revolver described the release as a “dreamy, swooning… masterpiece,” and Decibel ever-so- accurately described the record by saying “this feels very Los Angeles – Michael Mann’s Los Angeles – pulsing with strange, isolated life and beauty.

The band play their first live dates in July with a four-date west coast outing, followed by a performance with System of a Down at the Hollywood Bowl on July 29:

July 10     San Diego, CA     Belly Up Tavern

July 11     Santa Ana CA     The Observatory

July 12     Los Angeles, CA     The Troubadour     SOLD OUT

July 13     San Francisco, CA     Slim’s

July 29     Los Angeles, CA     Hollywood Bowl     SOLD OUT

Palms came together following the demise of ISIS, with Jeff Caxide (bass), Aaron Harris, (drums) and Clifford Meyer (keyboards/guitar) electing to continue playing music together.  “After a little time Jeff, Cliff, and I decided that it was insane that we all still lived here in Los Angeles and weren’t playing together,” Harris says. “It just sort of happened naturally, probably because we have been playing together for so long, and things started to come together. But we didn’t want to be instrumental: We wanted vocals. We just weren’t exactly sure who that would be at first.”  The band, knowing that Chino Moreno (Deftones) had been a fan of ISIS, thought he would be a great fit and he agreed.  “A chance to work with the guys from ISIS sounded like a lot of fun,” Moreno says, “I’ve always been into the atmospheric sounds they had created with that project and felt my sense of melody would meld well with theirs.”

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