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Sunday 01 March 2020

Life After: Melancholic Indie Three-Piece Palace Set To Play Brighton Chalk This Month Following Release Of Second Album

Life After is an album in equal parts about loss as well as a manual to moving on, stronger than before. The band in question, Palace, are set to visit Brighton later this year and below they explain the gestation and recording of their second album.

Life After is an album with a clear message; hope. Its eleven tracks are full of the melodic warmth and rich textures that hooked in fans with the release of their debut EP in 2014. 

"While there are a couple of different threads to the record, ultimately there's a romance to it alongside a feeling of looking to the future through a new lens," says frontman Leo. 

"While still being aware of the unknown, you can allow yourself to feel hopeful, stronger and grateful for what you've got."

Palace didn't start their second album with any plans in place. 

Buoyed by the reception of their debut, 2016's So Long Forever, the London-based trio of former Dorset school friends had a new-found confidence that they were keen to capture on record.

Between tours in 2017, Palace returned to their Tottenham studio-come-shared warehouse space, The Arch, where So Long Forever was demoed, and simply plugged in and played.

Our sole aim was to write better songs: 

"Some songs have an all-enveloping wall of guitars, others are stripped right down. It was about finding the right mood for each song, not settling on one sound."

Some of the songs had been written on the road, referencing both relationships that had broken down and new bonds that had been forged. 

Others took shape in the studio and captured events that were taking place in the trio's lives, often only realised in retrospect.


"Touring our first album definitely changed our outlook on life," says Leo. 

"So Long Forever dealt a lot with loss, but to stand on stage and hear those songs sung back at us, to witness the impact they'd had on our fans was incredible. From a bad situation came so much positivity."

"We took that energy back to The Arch. As a band, we felt much more confident. 

"We could hear that we'd stepped up a gear. Writing and recording came more naturally, and my lyrics became more outward looking."

Confidence shines through Life After. Touring has improved the trio's playing; their song structures have become more varied. 

Leo's vocals are more exposed, and the band's always emotional songs have gained gravitas.

"Before Palace I'd never sung to anyone," says Leo. 

"I genuinely had no idea that I could sing or write songs. It's been a case of learning on the job and building our confidence."

That confidence was key to recording. For the first time, many of the original demos made it on to the album, which was largely produced by Catherine Marks at Willesden's Assault & Battery studios. 

"Catherine loved the demos we'd done at The Arch and wanted to build those up rather than re-record them," explains Rupert. 

"There was a purity and a spontaneity to them that she spotted straight away."

"The big lesson we learnt was not to over analyse," says Leo. 

"That goes for life as well as the music. There's a track on the album called 'All In My Stride', which is really a note to self. 

"It's about putting problems in to perspective, dealing with them and moving on. No matter how hard life seems at times, there's always hope."

 Palace's new album 'Life After' is out now. CLICK HERE for info. Palace play Brighton Chalk on Saturday 14th March 2020. To purchase tickets CLICK HERE.

by: Mike Cobley




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