"Love, Lunatics & Spacehips" - a title like a road movie by Jim Jarmusch. Stony desert landscapes, surreal rock formations and right in the centre some diner with a hand full of strange figures looking for something. It's not quite clear what exactly they are looking for - maybe for freedom, maybe love, maybe UFOs, maybe just for some human company. In the background there is a band playing the matching soundtrack to this setting.
Such or similar images might come to someone's mind when looking at the artwork which decorates the debut album of Palace Fever. The artwork's atmosphere is continued by the tracks on "Palace Fever Sing About Love, Lunatics & Spaceships". Starting with songs that let you scent the rebellious smell of freedom ("You Can't Have It All", "Mexico By UFO", "Wheels" ) to tracks, that make you think of a former love affair ("When The Winter Comes", "There Ain't No Right Way") and memories full of past adventures ("Flying Saucer", "A Bag Full Of Memories") - the album keeps what is promised by the artwork.
That all is pulled together by Palace Fever's fine sense for great melodies and subtle weirdness.
Well - Solingen is not really the mekka of contemporary pop music. However to underestimate this city which is hidden between Duesseldorf and Cologne would be a mistake. A reason for that is definitely Palace Fever.
The story behind that band can be described as something like: Actually I didn't want to form a new band, but suddenly I had one.
This is pretty much how Julian Müller (The Blackberries) experienced the whole thing.
During the last years lots of songs have been written by him and he just wanted to record some of them as a solo project. But it became clear very soon that there was much more potential - the songs were (still are) great and obviously needed a full band to be performed live. Thanks to guitarist & co-vocalist Mutz (Purple Sex Heads), bass player Jonas Wirtz (The Blackberries) and drummer Jens Vetter (Ex-Sewer Rats) the solo project very soon became a serious band project!
And here we go!
Palace Fever mostly perform songs created by the mind of Julian Müller - quirky-catchy tunes that balance between Folk, Beat and Country. Served with lots of Twang, cliché-less Rock'n'Roll and pure Pop!
Palace Fever are:
Julian - guitar, vocals // Mutz - guitar, vocals // Jonas - bass, keys, vocals // Jens - drums