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Palace Fires


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The foundations of Palace Fires were formed in 2005 soon after guitarist Steve Mason first witnessed the warm, dusky vocal tones of Ed Bannard at London indie rock venue Rendition. After the show Steve excitedly called his former band mate, drummer Matt James, recalling Ed’s amazing Mark Lanagan/Jim Morrison-esq voice & mysterious character. That night Steve exchanged numbers with Ed and the trio agreed to meet. On meeting, the three discovered they had a real affiliation despite differences of age, experience & influence. London based Steve & Matt, previous members indie band Gene, listed many rock, blues & soul influences & bands such as Faces, Who, Creedence, Big Star, Hendrix, REM. They had recorded & toured extensively between 1994-2004, notching up 11 UK top 40 singles from 6 LP’s. Nottingham based Ed had grown up loving folk & alternative songwriters such as Dylan, Decemberists, Will Oldham, BDB, The Action, Smog, Tunng etc. He was 24 & yet to break into the industry. They agreed a trial collaboration to see if something of beauty would emerge. The first insuperable song to result from this was the charm ridden, warm, laid back, bluesy folk, anthem ‘Fear Of Falling.’By the end of 2005 they had the basis of 17 songs & an original hybrid, bluesy sound was developing. Despite being based in 2 different cities 3 hours apart, the enjoyment they got from collaborating far outweighed the inconvenience of the frequent travel.


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  • usagicoulson

    Hey guys!! Glad to see you here!! Your music is really good, so please, keep rocking!! Cheers from Mexico!

    11 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Amethyst_chick

    You were awesome at Bristol Trinity Centre!!! Keep it up guys, the music's great! :D

    18 Feb 2008 Reply

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