- 25 Nov 21
Fusing post-punk with blues rock, VLLNS' sound echoes that of fellow anthemic rockers Queens of the Stone Age, The Black Keys, Foals, Interpol and Cage The Elephant.
Irish alternative rockers VLLNS are set to release their final single of 2021, 'Black Palm', tomorrow - premiered exclusively below by Hot Press.
Composing Liam Boyd on vocals/guitar, Rob Halford on guitar, Kyle Quinn on bass and Luke Fields on drums; VLLNS' brooding brand of music comes to life in the form of high energy alternative rock. Their soundscape somehow finds space to stay measured and creeping throughout, making an impressive impact.
The Dublin four-piece band's most recent releases 'I'll Follow You Home', 'I Fade Away', 'One Minute You Is, (And the Next You Ain't)' and 'Unknown Desires' were featured on Hot Press, Gemma Bradleys’s BBC Radio, Dan Hegarty’s The Alternative and Radio Nova’s ‘The Nova Guestlist’.
'Black Palm' opens with an exclamation of desire to return to “better days”, anecdotally recalling a childhood memory so trivial and innocent and void of hurt. The song continues in the same vein, with the lyrics searching for a way to return to a moment in time when death was an afterthought, and life was everlasting. Intense guitar riffs bring the track to life with ease.
"'Black Palm' is written from a personal space, exploring the internal struggles we face when we make our way through the bereavement process, trying to process our grief, searching backwards through the clock for a time when we hadn’t truly considered death and the mortality of both our loved ones, and ourselves," VLLS tell Hot Press.
"It's really about how we process the unexpected death of a loved one, and how that shapes the way we see the world, changing our outlook for good with no way to return to the innocence we once took for granted."
The image of a blackened palm tree, sat alone in the dark has exemplified the above struggles, creating a visual manifestation of the meaning behind the track, and so the name stuck.
This particular track began with the title as a starting point, essentially beginning life as a theme which then began to unfurl into the final song that it exists as now. The track was recorded and mixed by Dan in Darklands in Dublin, where VLLNS put the finishing touches onto the track, recording it live. Pete Maher in London took over the mastering reins.
The outfit's new single was funded by a grant as part of the Music Industry Stimulus Package 2020, supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, & Sports.
Stay tuned for VLLNS' show alongside New Secret Weapon and Really Good Time in The Button Factory on Saturday November 27th. Remaining tickets are available here.
A number of single releases are in the works for early 2022, alongside more gig announcements. We can't wait to see what fierce energy VLLNS bring to the Irish music scene next year.
Listen to the ferocious 'Black Palm' below: