Featured Artist: Gently Tender

Gently Tender

Who?

Sam Fryer, Pete Mayhew & Will Doyle of Palma Violets meet Celia Archer of The Big Moon and guitarist Adam Brown.

What?

Scrappy, melancholic indie-rock underpinned by psychedelic sensibilities.

From where?

North London.

What’s the story? 

Following the release of John Leckie-produced second album Danger in the Club in 2015, swaggering punk legends and once-darlings of the NME, Palma Violets, went quiet and faded away without an announcement nor send-off show.

At the time, their label Rough Trade even confessed to not knowing what had become of the band.

Their long held radio-silence lead to speculation and rumour across the internet that the band had broken up – it was an anti-climactic departure that directly contrasted the fervor in which the band erupted into the echelons of alternative British music.

Skip forward three years to the present day and thus emerged indie super group, Gently Tender – a new project formed of 3 out of 4 of Palma Violets’ old line-up that enlists the multi-instrumental talents of The Big Moon’s Celia Archer and the guitar chops of Adam Brown.

Full of scrappy punk energy and pristine indie songwriting, the coming of Gently Tender brings with it the inevitable news that following Danger in the Club, Palma Violets had indeed broken up.

Musically, the band channel their predecessors’ nonchalant rabble-rousing punk stylings, but Gently Tender’s initial offering 2 Chords Good makes them feel like a more mature, self-aware and considered band. A band who have been through the ringer and returned reborn.

Still draped with their trademark swashbuckling energy, 2 Chords Good brings a much longed-for urgency and relevance that blows the cobwebs from the often over-looked ‘pub-rock’ genre once again.

Palma Violets are dead, long live Gently Tender.

Sounds like?

The soundtrack to a gloriously messy lock-in at your local boozer.

Predicted to?

Burst onto the UK scene and reclaim the crown of rowdiest band in town.

Must hear?

Debut single 2 Chords Good, which clatters and builds with unencumbered indie-brilliance. Talks of an album in the pipeline make 40 minutes of this calibre of indie-punk a truly alluring prospect.