It seems that every year there is one band lauded as "the band to save British guitar music," as if said scene is in steep decline and completely neglecting bands like I Like Trains, British Sea Power and Wild Beasts, who still, despite their idiosyncracies and maybe slight musical hiccups are going strong and are essentially guitar bands. There is a case for the argument that there's no one who can really inject guitar music back into the mainstream, but is that due to a lack of support, or do we really need another Bloc Party?
Either way, here are Palma Violets with their new track "Last of the Summer Wine," which is on their "Best of Friends" EP released earlier this year. They were recently featured on the front of NME magazine, who are certianly hyping them up as Britain's next guitar hope. Indeed, "Last of the Summer Wine" is a rather lovely tune. A resolutely pretty guitar melody is backed up by a shimmering old- school keyboard melody, bringing to mind the likes of Edwyn Collins and even hints of The Clash, as well as more contemporary fellows like The Vaccines and Spector. It wasn't as urgent or as unpredictable as would have been nice, but then it's probably not supposed to be. It's certainly not re- vitalizing anything, but it sounds fresh and youthful. It'll be interesting to see where they take their sound on their debut when it comes out.