Palma Violets and SKATERS Play Boot and Saddle in Philadelphia
Settled along South Philly, the city’s newest music venue, Boot and Saddle, was packed tight for rockers Palma Violets and SKATERS last night (10/8). The dimly lit, small venue was intimate yet perfect for the night of rock ‘n roll ahead.
Opening the night was New York’s own SKATERS, who are set to release their debut album on February 24th. If you haven’t heard of these guys, definitely check them out! The band played through what appeared to be a quick set, however, they kept the crowd’s full attention.
Even through a slight malfunction when drummer Noah Rubin’s kit broke, lead singer Michael “Mic” Ian Cummings did his best to keep the crowd entertained by telling them he had “the best joke ever.” It’s one of those “you had to be there moments” but it involved the JAWS theme, show tunes, and some slick dance moves.
After that, it was back to music as SKATERS rocked through their hits “I Wanna Dance (But I Don’t Know How),” “Armed,” and “Schemers.” You could say it was awkward when Mic later asked the crowd if anyone attended their previous show in Philly at the TLA (opening for Portugal. The Man) which led to silence – “crickets” as Mic put it. However, as the guys wrapped up their set and left the stage, all you could hear was people clapping and saying “they were good.”
London rockers, Palma Violets took the stage with a vengeance, basking in the lights of their colorful strobes. The band tours in support of their debut album 180. Led by duo Samuel Fryer and Chilli Jesson, Palma Violets are a band full of captivating energy and passion that matched the atmosphere of the night.
I spoke to the guys before the show and they remembered the first time they played in Philly at Kung Fu Necktie, with a measly 25 people were in the crowd. Shortly after their set began, Chilli wasted no time before diving out in the crowd and singing amongst the group of wild fans around him. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many people rocking out just as hard as the band on stage. It’s safe to say they’ve grown quite a bit since their first show in this city. Palma Violets were loud and obnoxious, but that’s the sign of a true rock ‘n roll band.
Article by Erika Reinsel