On their 2012 debut 45 Best of Friends, London’s Palma Violets captured the sheer thrill of punky guitar pop so perfectly it seemed there would be no point tuning in for further updates.
Two years on the band are back, with the added pressure of The Libertines – whom, let’s not be coy, most listeners would struggle to differentiate from the Violets in a blind test – about to make their long-awaited return.
So is Danger in the Club worth anybody’s time? A guarded yes.
There are too many tracks of shambolic Sham 69-ish shouty punk, but when they get their act together (Coming Over To My Place, the delicate No Money Honey and Gout! Gang! Go!) the results are truly exhilarating.
Like this? Try these: The Libertines, Up the Bracket; The Wedding Present, George Best
By Andrew Greenhalgh