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Palace on their debut album and beginnings ahead of UK tour and Shepherd's Bush Empire gig

The four piece group say their headline show at Shepherd's Bush Empire this April is a 'big moment' for them

Palace will play their biggest headline show to date at Shepherd's Bush Empire on April 27

Palace are currently on the road for their biggest tour to date which finishes with a Shepherd's Bush Empire show on April 27.

Ahead of their return to the UK for a 15-date leg we chat to frontman Leo Wyndham about their stunning debut record, beginnings and what's in the group's sights.

The band released their debut album 'So Long Forever' in November 2016 which followed on from two EPs, not straying far from their modern guitarist sound.

Artists often find that there's a lot of expectations for the full album on their shoulders after gaining loyal listeners from their teaser tracks and EPs.

However Leo tells us: "We've had amazing feedback, everyday we get messages off people of how the album got them through a lot of things.

"They say what the songs have done for them because they've been through similar experiences.

"People connect with the songs and that's all that matters, it makes the album a complete success."

The record explores themes of dealing with a bad break-up, all the regrets and pain that comes with that, as well as issues death and family which comes from a lived-through experience.

Leo, who contributes heavily to the songwriting says: "There's a lot of personal things that I have been through on there.

"It's very cathartic to write about what you know and your experiences, whether that's good or bad. It's nice to see people connecting who've been through similar experiences."

Palace's debut 'So Long Forever' has drew comparisons with Foals and The Maccabees

As Leo speaks to us the group had played in Amsterdam the night before and are heading to their second gig in the Netherlands.

This is just two stops in a busy March and April for the guys who are playing shows across Europe and the UK.

Leo says: "Europe's been amazing, we're putting in our stride with these shows and testing the songs.

"It's judgement for us on the UK leg by the time we get back."

They've come a long way to selling out venues in London, New York and Europe and playing festivals like Glastonbury.

What started out as a casual hobby between four friends quickly became something exciting.

As Leo tells us: "We have known each other since we were really young and started a band for fun just playing once a week in Camden.

"We had the best time doing it. People told us they really loved it and we got picked up quickly off the back of two songs. We played to more and more people and it worked.

"From there it's been pretty fast and now it's a full time thing."

As the group preps for their biggest headline show in the UK to date at Shepherd's Bush Empire we ask Leo if they have arenas set in their sites.

It seems only natural that they'd aim for big venues as their anthemic guitar tracks are arena-ready plus there's the comparisons to big crowd pleasers like Foals and The Maccabees, and with the latter about to bow out, then their eventual home is surely in front of an audience of thousands.

On their future gigs Leo says: "There's different merits.

"Smaller shows can be the best ones, there's an interaction and vibe that we love.

"But we played in France to like 30,000 people which was the most amazing experience. It doesn't matter that much it's just the people and what you feed off them.

"We don't really think about the future to much we just go with the flow and see where it takes us."

Palace curate their own lineup for a monthly 'Palace Presents' in London

But they do have a connection with independent venues, as they regularly host 'Palace Presents' at the George Tavern in London, a venue where they played their first ever gig.

The group curates their own monthly show featuring their favourite acts around to support the struggling venue.

Leo says: "It's a really beautiful 600 year old pub and we've been playing there for years and it's one of the most fun nights in London.

"We took the night on and it gave us a platform and gives exposure to the pub which has been under threat.

"It's really fun not to play and put band out that we love like Island and Flight."

As they're readying for the UK leg of the tour which finishes up with a headline set at Shepherd's Bush Empire on April 27 it seems fitting that the tour is bookmarked by a gig at an iconic venue in the city where it began for the group.

Leo tells us: "It's a little bit daunting, we've seen loads of our heroes playing there and you never think you're going to play it.

"It's a big moment for us and a big dream come true.

"We are going to be ready - it's a special one."

Tickets for Palace's tour including the show at Shepherd's Bush Empire are available from Ticketmaster here .

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