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On the web you find melting glaciers and psychedelic palm-readers when you search for Melting Palms. That will change. With their second album "Noise Between The Shades", the "loudest group in Hamburg", outstanding winners of the renowned “Krach und Getöse” award 2021, is about to establishing itself internationally as the powerfully euphoric band of the moment. For five years now, the musicians, more of a collective than a band, have been living out their sound dream in this psychedelic, shoegazing Kraut-Punk-Dreampop. What began in 2017 with Mike, Teresa and Johann led to musical and romantic entanglements, a first EP recorded in a construction trailer, their debut album "Abyss" (2020), concerts and endless sessions in their rehearsal basement on Borstelmannweg in the rather rundown area of Hamburg-Hamm, between animal shelters and street prostitution, to the current band line-up with Tim and Lukas.
"What unites us all is reverb," say Melting Palms. "It doesn't matter which musical corner we come from, there has to be a lot of reverb and delay on the sound, that's our intersection." Open tuned guitars and a connection to boundless pop with the earthy stylistic devices of rock do the rest. The fact that Melting Palms not only played concerts with Sugar Candy Mountain, The Underground Youth and Wand despite the pandemic restrictions and have now also released their second album for Hamburg’s style-defining underground label La Pochette Surprise (Swutscher, Suck, Hawel/McPhail, Anna Wydra and many more) speaks volumes – and is no coincidence.
The five Melting Palms on three guitars, bass, drums and vocals have an extensive history in Hamburg's younger scene. Mike Krumhorn, the band's main singer and guitarist, also plays with their label mates Swutscher, and formerly also with the group Dunya. Teresa Koeberle, who, in addition to lead vocals and guitar, also contributes piano and synth to this album, playes the bass with the punk band new_project_666. She also is the graphic designer behind the band's artwork and visuals. Johann Wientjes, drums and ambient sounds, used to be the drummer with punk band The Dutts and Onion Joe and the Tarantula. (His father, by the way, is Markus E. Lipka from EISENVATER and Rossburger Report, who not only mastered the band's first EP, but also recorded multi-track guitars on both albums.) Tim Dajan Thiele, who occasionally plays his guitar with a violin bow, was also heard with the good old Glue Teeth. Bass player Lukas Schulz joined Melting Palms three years ago after his band Coral Tree broke up.
New beginnings and a keen sense of hope are motifs that shine poetically and motivatingly over this second album. "Noise Between The Shades" is an elemental force full of precise detours, as intoxicating as it is daring, with many surprising twists, both in terms of sound and lyrics. Melting Palms have a common goal, even a socio-political claim: humanism and idealism are a real concern for these five DIY utopians, one that embodies the notorious resilience of the Hamburg music scene in both attitude and aesthetics. The band's own musical signature sound emerges from this special togetherness, a patchwork of many creative energies, the beautiful but also painful noise between the shades that every life guards. A triumph.
Noise Between the Shades
UPCOMING TOUR DATES
01.09. DE-Berlin, Cassiopeia
02.09. DE-Hamburg, Hafenklang
23.09. DE-Chemnitz, Nikola Tesla
21.10. DE-Kassel, Goldgrube
22.10. DE-Bremen, TBA
29.10. AT-Hohenems, ProKonTra
03.11. DE-Köln, Kolbhalle
04.11. CH-Kreuzlingen, Horst Klub
05.11. CH-Neuchatel/Corcelles, KVO
06.11. IT-Milan, Arci Bellezza
07.11. FR-Chambery, Brin De Zinc
08.11. FR-Paris, Supersonic
09.11. FR-Cherbourg, Le Kraken
10.11. FR-Rouen, Les 3 Pieces Muzik’Club