Burnt Palms are a three-piece that play surf/pop/grunge/twee rock in a sleepy beach town in Monterey County, California. Their fuzzy guitars make them sound like a more surfy, more rockin' Marine Girls, but the vocal harmonies just make me remember how much I love the Breeders. This week I can't get enough of their 19 minute debut record, it's inherent beachy-ness is almost making up for the severe vitamin D deficiency I'm certain that I'm accruing living through another bright, grey Seattle winter... and their guitarist Christina was nice enough to answer a few questions I had about the band... Keep reading!
Where'd you get your name from? (at first when I googled you, all I got is this CNN report on a beach fire in Belize) After making some songs with Clara, I started thinking of some names. I'm not exactly sure why Burnt Palms came to mind. I think at that time, I related to the imagery in my head of such a pretty tree being left charred. That sounds so dark… hahaha… but it was a strange year! You guys are tucked away in Seaside, CA... any other local bands that you like to play with that are gems that we should know about? Whats the best part of making music in Seaside? Yeah, Seaside is tucked away in a corner of the Monterey Bay. I think the best part about making music here is the close proximity to the beaches and also having a good jam space in my house with neighbors that don't care how loud we are. It's also pretty special because no one really knows it exists… (besides maybe some Californians). If you're looking for a local gem based on the genre of Burnt Palms, I would suggest a band called Palmz. They are from Santa Cruz right across the bay and they make catchy, amazing songs and play really well live… we have a special love for them! There are definitely some other bands around Monterey/Seaside that are talented and make great music. If you're looking for a high school local gem, try Pipsqueak. They are awesome.
Burnt Palms started as a two-piece about a year ago, how did you all meet? How long has Brian been playing bass with you guys? Clara and I met through a mutual friend who knew we were both looking to make music with others again. We started off with a handful of songs I had written before we met, and with drums they became something else I was actually excited about. That totally inspired me to keep writing. Brian came into the picture after we recorded our album. Clara and I put up flyers looking for a bassist and he happened to see one at the music store… fate! He's been playing with us for about five months now.
The album has a lot of fuzzy guitars and 90's vibes to me...any favorite grunge bands? Growing up in the 90's exposed me to a lot of great bands and I can't pick just one… although in 4th grade (behind the school at recess) I taught my friends the lyrics to Miss World by Hole…
You can check out the album on the bands Bandcamp, and album will be available on vinyl shortly!