It’s sort of fitting that a heavily hyped British band would cover James’ “Laid,” the worldwide smash by another heavily hyped British band. Palma Violets are from London—James was, of course, from Manchester—and they’ve been NME darlings since their first single, “Best Of Friends,” came out in 2012. The original version was a hit back in 1993, and its American popularity was bolstered by its inclusion in several of the American Pie movies. Those appearances actually spawned a bunch of covers of the song, including one by Undercover alum Matt Nathanson, but none featured funny hats and a creepy mask. (Those were all in our office, the band didn’t bring them in.) Palma Violets latest album is Danger In The Club.
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