Palace

All Ages
Thursday, April 25, 2024
Doors: 7pm | Show: 8pm
$27.50

Palace with Opening Act Jens Kuross

Palace is a British alternative rock band from London. The band has released two albums to date. Palace began in 2014, releasing their debut EP titled Lost In The Night. In 2015, Palace released their second EP titled Chase The Light. In 2016, Palace released their first full-length album titled So Long Forever.

Jens Kuross
Angsty teenage punk rocker, turned disciplined jazz disciple, turned session musician muscle, turned introspective song smith, turned touring crooner and purveyor of raw emotion, Jens Kuross has worn out more than his share of hats.

While recording and touring as the drummer and keyboardist for indie-electronic luminaries The Acid, singer-songwriter Ry X, and the deep house duo Howling, Jens Kuross managed to steadily release a string of singles and EPs that garnered all the right kind of attention, earning him deals with both Brixton based Aesop records, as well as Domino Publishing Company. His profile continued to grow after his music was featured on TV shows “Lucifer” and “13 Reasons why”, all while he was touring globally, opening for artists such as Rhye, Bonobo, and Gogo Penguin. Jens Kuross finally released his debut full-length record “The Man Nobody Can Touch” in late 2020 too much enthusiasm from both fans and industry alike and his newest offering, an EP titled “Everything is Poisonous” comes out on Berlin indie label Bigamo this spring.  

Palace is a British alternative rock band from London. The band has released two albums to date. Palace began in 2014, releasing their debut EP titled Lost In The Night. In 2015, Palace released their second EP titled Chase The Light. In 2016, Palace released their first full-length album titled So Long Forever. In 2019, Palace released their second full-length album titled Life After.
The music of LA-based singer-songwriter Jens Kuross occupies a rare space in the world. Seemingly from a different time and place, his brilliantly unique sound is an intricately built kingdom to which listeners are invited in occasionally to immerse themselves and find a moment of peace and clarity, before returning to the hustle of their own lives. Over the last 18 months, the multi-talented singer-songwriter has released a string of these hypnotic moments: most pressingly, his latest single ‘The Life Inside’, which arrived in October 2018. It was the first taste of his brand-new EP “Art! at the expense of mental health, Vol. 2”, which serves as the second instalment of his multi-faceted ‘Art! at the expense of mental health’ project and was released later that same month on Jens’ own Dirty Guns label. ‘The Life Inside’ is, according to Jens, a song that deals with “the desire for a creator to stay in the place where they’re most comfortable: within their creation”. But ‘Art! at the expense of mental health, Vol 2’ isn’t a body of work that is deliberately tackling the artist’s relationship with their own mind. While Jens’ music is inherently escapist and dream-evoking through the very nature of the sound, the questions the listener is being asked are less mystical than that; and, by his own self-admission, the title of the EP applies more to the actual “difficulties surrounding the artistic process” and the sacrifices that are demanded when you chose to become a working musician. The difficult nature of balancing personal health with a career as a touring musician is. However, something Jens has a firm understanding on. He’s spent a lot of time touring, he’s an active member of The Acid, and plays as a session musician on the side too. He calls himself a “musical mercenary” due to necessity and talks openly about the coping mechanisms you develop on the road – and, crucially, the mental struggles involved with having to flip between touring as part of a band of others to touring as a solo musician and being existentially alone for months. It’s no wonder, then, that this series of EPs is titled ‘‘Art! at the expense of mental health’; and, considering Jens’ formidable talents, it’s no wonder that the music contained within this latest release is a beautifully-measured reconstruction of the complex nature of life as both an artist and a human being in the modern age. It’s straightforward, yet complicated; it’s minimal, yet it’s meaningful; and it’s beautiful, and heart-wrenching, and simplicity at its most arresting. It’s… Well, it’s Art. ‘Art! at the expense of mental health, Vol. 2’ is out now on Dirty Guns. Get your copy here.