Before the show: Palace @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire 27/04/17

We caught up with the London prodigies ahead of their sold-out show at Shepherd's Bush Empire.

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London four-piece Palace have been infusing Europe and the UK with sweetly sublime sounds on their highly-anticipated European and UK tour. Touring for about six weeks with a large chunk of their shows sold-out, it’s safe to say the guys have been burning both ends of the candle. Thankfully, they were kind enough to take time from their busy schedule to have a chat with us about all things tour.

Notion: So it’s the end of your tour, how was it?
Palace: It’s been great yeah, very full on. We’ve been going since about 15 March, it’s been fucking awesome. We’ve been all over Europe and the UK, and we have a huge night tonight.

What are your highlights from the tour?
Spain and Italy are places we’ve never been before – so to see Barcelona and Madrid, Bologne and Milan, all those places, was really cool. Then the usual that are consistently good, like Berlin, Amsterdam. Ireland was really cool too.

Where do you think you had the most responsive crowd?
Erm, Berlin was great, but also Guilford the other night! We had such a good crowd and we weren’t expecting it. Mosh pits for the first time – we’re not really much of a mosh pit-y band, but people were moving and one girl was even sobbing her eyes out during ‘Live Well’.

How are you feeling about tonight’s show?
So excited, I mean it’s crazy really. We’ve been building up to this for four or five months and it’s finally here and we’re just ready to go out and smash it. It’s crazy, when we were growing up we saw our favourite bands here, and things like that, so to be here and be back stage is surreal. When we walk out tonight it’s gonna be amazing, I’ll probably piss myself slightly.

Any favourites for you to play live at the moment?
A couple of new ones, one really mellow one called ‘Sunday Somewhere’ with three-part harmonies and that’s really fun, then a big chunky new one called ‘I’ll Find Out’. We also love ‘Live Young’ and ‘So Long Forever’, they always go down really well.

Tell us about your setlist, what are you starting and ending with?
Our new intro is kind of spacey, and we like doing it for big shows. We then go into the old classic ‘Head Above the Water’, which is always the biggest starting track! It pretty much just grabs people by the balls, I guess. We’re trying to make the show as atmospheric as possible, so we’ve got some amazing lights and all that sort of stuff.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Erm, pacing around, Greek dancing, light movement, quite a lot of dancing actually! Then we have a few drinks then straight onto stage. We also do vocal warmups, that’s probably the most serious thing that we do.

Summer’s coming up, do you have any festivals lined up?
Kendall Calling, Boardmasters, Festival no. 6, some abroad in Belgium and Holland. A whole load, we’re pretty much out every weekend.

Any you’re particularly looking forward to?
Boardmasters down in Cornwall in the sun should be pretty good. We’re bringing our surfboards and six packs… of beer.

What’s the best crowd you’ve ever played?
Brixton Electric is definitely up there. That was amazing- that was the last big London show before tonight’s. Walking out on the stage and hearing the reception was great.

For each of you, who’s your favourite live performer?
Fleetwood Mac, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, John Bonham.

One word from each of you to describe your live show?
Sexy. Atmospheric. Therapeutic. Unadulterated.

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