Let’s Take Five: An interview with Palms and Pelicans!

Following their latest EP release towards the end of last year and pre their appearance at Icebreaker Festival 2018, we spoke to Hampshire quartet Palms and Pelicans regarding their sound, upcoming releases and the future!

Featured image 📷 Doug Parker


Hi there! Firstly, so that our readers can know a bit more about you, please introduce Palms and Pelicans:

We’re a four piece band called Palms and Pelicans (Jack, Mattea, Daryl and Darren) – we’re from the South Coast, bang in the middle of Southampton and Bournemouth. Genre-wise… It’s a tricky one but ultimately it’s dreamy-pop music with a generous dollop of grunge and shoegaze.

You released your latest EP ‘Glowing’ back in November. If you had to sum up the EP in three words, what would they be and why?

Melodic – All of the tracks have strong, catchy melodies. We don’t want forgettable tracks, we want them to get inside your head and make you feel something.

Deep – It’s definitely the most honest music we’ve ever written if you delve into the lyrics.

Dreamy – There’s a lot of dreamy reverb and hazy vocals going on in there.

What originally sparked your interest to start creating music?

Initially I think it was grunge and pop-punk bands from the 90’s/early 00’s bands like Green Day and Nirvana were blowing up when we were only youngsters but it definitely made a huge impression. I remember getting my friend who had Sky to tape all of their music videos on MTV2 and Kerrang. By aged 10 I think we’d all picked up an instrument.

Obviously our music tasted have developed and changed since, but we do have that era to thank for making us think ‘that looks fun, I want to try!”

What would you say is the most rewarding thing about writing music is?

Good question… I guess as cheesy as it might sound, it is a kind of therapy in a way. We write from experience – often writing about the shittiest situations can turn into the best songs.

There’s also lots of evidence that songwriting and music in general can have positive effect on mental health. All I know is that when we’re rehearsing or playing a show, no matter how bad a day has been, we’re completely present in the moment and loving it.

Finally, have you got anything to share regarding upcoming gigs and what have you got planned for 2018?

We’re looking forward to playing Icebreaker Festival, our first festival of the year in Portsmouth. Pompey is always a good crowd and this our first time playing this festival so we’re looking forward to that. Our next single, ‘Lanterns’ will be coming out soon.

Watch this space!


We’d like to thank Palms and Pelicans very much for their time! You can listen to their latest tracks including their EP ‘Glowing’ below via Spotify and also follow them on Social Media via the following links. You can also catch the band at Icebreaker Festival 2018 at The Lord John Russell at 14:50 on Saturday 3rd February.

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