Words: Arusa Qureshi
Buzz catches up with Glasgow band Sweaty Palms ahead of their new release.
It’s always refreshing to come across a band that refuses to pander to generic expectations. For Sweaty Palms, it’s not about doing what makes you popular, but more about mocking the expected and producing something unexpected as a result. The four-piece band’s playful attitude to life and music comes through clearly in their fuzzy, alluringly dissonant brand of post-punk, which they have largely improved upon since the release of their debut EP Hollywood Wax. Now, as they prepare to unleash their new double B-side Love Me / Pretty Poor, there’s a strong possibility that more people will soon become acquainted with their sound. Buzz got the opportunity to find out more about the band and their upcoming release.
How did Sweaty Palms come to be? Did you know each for long before you started playing together?
Robbie, Monty and I met at a support group for recovering cult members, they understood we all had a mutual love for music of all manners.
When you started out, did you ever try to mirror your sound on another band or musician? Or have you always strived to be original?
Originality died in the 80s, popular music ever since has been an exercise in covering up influences and being as deluded to your influences as possible, but we try to be ourselves.
What kind of reaction have you generally had from crowds since you started playing shows?
Lukewarm proceeding into rotten fruit proceeding into sympathy. Don’t let people sell you the fallacy of scoring women and free drugs.
Overall, do you feel supported and motivated by the Glasgow music scene? Have you ever felt discouraged? Do you think Scotland is a good place to start a band?
There is a lot that can inspire you in Glasgow, unfortunately a lot of it is negative. Big hello to baby Keppie (Fuzzkill) and Gus at Number4Door who are doing very very good things. Cover bands and traditional folk music is a far more lucrative industry.
When writing Love Me/Pretty Poor, did you have a particular story or theme in mind? Did it develop from something gradually or was it a very natural process?
We record with the beautiful people Emily and Stu from Green Door. Our lack of competence leaves writing a long and painful process. ‘Love Me’ is a comment on shallow narcissism of modern internet culture. Writing about politics seems to be pretty hot right now, and we’re here for the big money so we came up with ‘Pretty Poor for a Posh Boy’. Cheeky words about the cheeky BBC.
Are you currently working on your debut album? If so, what can we expect to hear?
We’re always writing. We have no money to make a record ourselves because nobody likes to pay for music these days (Adele being the exception), but if some kind person believes in us enough to help pay for an album, we’ll make one. We strive for variety, so I wouldn’t expect more of the same.
When you’re not making music, what do you enjoy doing? Do you have any particular interests that you think contribute to how you make music?
Music seems to take up the majority of our free time, which isn’t in abundance.
What do you hope to achieve in the next year?
Become more popular on Google than cures for sweaty palms. That, and get on the front page of The Digger.
Sweaty Palms play Broadcast in Glasgow on July 1 and Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh on July 15. Stream ‘Pretty Poor’ here now.