Melbourne punk-rock band, Picket Palace, are back with their tongue-in-cheek single, ‘All About The Money’ via Daily Nightly Records.
‘All About The Money’ plays with the idea of the band becoming soulless, corporate sell-outs after being criticised online for the mainstream media attention they received when their tribute to Essendon footy player ‘Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti’ went viral.
“I reckon it’s fucking funny as that people were calling us “sell outs” on social media…like, dude I’d love to sell out, rent’s fucked where I live, I’ll write you whatever song you want for a new oven,” jokes frontman Seamus.
“We thought it was hilarious to imagine a version of ourselves who had been so excited about getting our stupid faces on the stupid telly that we would suddenly throw away all our integrity and sell off our creative freedom to become celebrities and make ridiculous demands about jetskis. That was what made us laugh the most when we were throwing ideas around, the idea of a band who are desperate to sell out but no one’s buying,” explains Jack from the group.
All jokes aside, the band also makes a poignant statement that only the privileged can pursue a career in the arts, because “the poor can’t afford to work for free.”
“The disdain our government shows for art and artists is disgracefully narrowminded, and the impact on our friends in the industry is only getting worse in the COVID era, so it’s important that we get to put this track out there as a ‘fuck you’ to the people who decided the Arts ministry mattered so little that it should be consumed by the department of fucking transport,” Jack continues.
‘All About The Money’ is a welcome return for Picket Palace and a thematic piece of dolewave that will leave you smiling & questioning the entertainment industry all at once.
The track follows on from Picket Palace’s triple j supported single ‘No Fun Intended’, continuing to forge a signature sound for the band outside of the virality they received for their half a million times viewed video for ‘Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti’ and the aptly titled follow up, ‘The Footy Record’.
Notable performances include a slot on the main stage of the sold out Beyond The Valley festival over new years, alongside a sold out headline show at Northcote Social Club. Their live show is an exuberant, exhilarating trip that is somehow both ferociously energetic and sincerely heartwarming — an adorable riot.
With an energy like no other, the band continues their assent into national consciousness as leaders of the new school.
Birthed and nurtured in a sweaty loft apartment above a picket fence workshop in Brunswick, Picket Palace crank out razor-sharp punk belters and anxious, rambling reflections with an enthusiasm that is innocent, unpretentious and completely infectious. Urgent, punchy rhythms underpin distinctive, angular guitar lines and lyrics so honest and guileless that you’ll feel like the band have set your own half drunken conversations to music.
Taking their name from the sharehouse apartment that brought the band together, Picket Palace consists of lead vocalist Seamus O’Connell, his brother Jack on guitar and vocals, Jack’s housemates Gus George on guitar and Julian Angelatos on drums, and their next-door neighbour Daniel Heeps on Bass.
PRAISE FOR PICKET PALACE:
“it’s a great brand of scraggly, raucous pub rock that would even get the seniors drinking tooheys old off their stool for a little mosh” – Declan Byrne, triple j
“every song is charming, genuine and covered in an endearing sense of irresponsibility – making Picket Palace the kind of band you’d love to see rip up a stage on a Friday night then eavesdrop on afterwards in the beer garden.” – Trouble Juice
“Picket Palace is a breath of fresh air” – Keep Walking Music