“The Melbourne band went viral last year with a few ace footy songs and this proves they’re not just a novelty band with some sick punk/garage rock” – Declan Byrne, triple j
“Maybe the most fun you can have while indefinitely confined to your room for the foreseeable future. Legitimately though, this is a blast!” – Tommy Faith, triple j Unearthed
The Picket Palace boys have just released their tongue-in-cheek video for their latest track “No Fun Intended”. The song has already made waves being premiered on triple j, on high rotation on SYN FM and Spotify playlisting including “New Punk Tracks” (155k followers).
“This was the last time we all got to hang out before all the craziness so we got kinda drunk and turned the lights out,” said the band of the video.
Inspired by the desire to revert back to a child in times of anxiety, ‘No Fun Intended’ doesn’t stray from the playful, chaotic & distinctly Australian sound the boys are known for.
“Anxiety makes you so worked up about everything that you aren’t really able to effectively deal with anything and you regress into a useless little baby. I wanted to play with how grotesque and stupid that transformation is,” says lead singer Seamus O’Connell.
The song features a running lyric only Australians would understand, “yeah, nah.” It’s contradictory yet we don’t question it, because we understand what it means without having to define it. Seamus explains he incorporated the line because “it calls back to the franticness and indecisiveness of anxiety and circular thinking.”
This release signifies the Picket Palace boys coming into their own, solidifying their sound outside of The Footy Record they became known for.
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.
The boys soared to virality after releasing the highly animated film clip for ‘Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti’ which has since garnered half a million views respectively, plucking the boys out of Melbourne’s underground garage-rock scene and into national consciousness.
Their follow up record, aptly named ‘The Footy Record’, began almost as a joke – a couple affectionate punk rock tribute to the band’s favourite footballers, written mostly to amuse themselves. But once they introduced a couple of those tracks into their live set everyone fell in love with their raucous, ridiculous energy, and the band realised they were too good to be wasted as unheralded throwaways.
Recent 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 last September. Their live show is an exuberant, exhilarating trip that is somehow both ferociously energetic and sincerely heartwarming — an adorable riot, not to be missed…