Meet our newsest Arist of the Week: Palmyra Delran. Get to know her influences, what it was like working with Debbie Harry and more. Check it out below:
- Can you introduce yourself to those who may not know you?
I’m Palmyra, I’m Sagittarius, I love dogs, and my music is Trashy and Poppy
- How would you describe your music to people who have never heard it before?
I love melody and harmony with badass sounding guitars. Maybe it’s Power Pop with a sense of humor. Not outwardly funny though.
- What are you looking forward to most for the rest of 2018?
I’ll be on tour a of the west coast for a few weeks in November. I’m looking forward to playing with a great bunch of musicians – John Carlucci (the Speedies, The Fuzztones), Laura Carlucci (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), Melanie Vammen (The Pandoras, The Muffs), and Hillary Burton (The Pandoras, honeychain). We’ll be on tour with super cool bands Soraia (Philly), and honeychain (LA)
- Who are your musical influences?
So many… The obvious ones are the Stones, Beatles, Kinks, Small Faces, T. Rex. Sometimes I go on musical binges like I’ll be in a bubblegum or glam phase and that’s all I wanna hear for a few weeks. I might get a cool bubblegum song after that. Then it could be Freakbeat or sleazy R&B for the next few weeks. Anything that’s good that I connect to on some level is an inspiration.
- What about nonmusical influences?
That’s a great question because inspiration can come from anywhere. A lot of filmmakers inspire me – John Cassettes, Andy Warhol, Fellini, John Waters, Bergman, Ray Dennis Steckler. I like to eavesdrop too. Sometimes you can hear snippets of a conversation and finish or embellish the story and make a song out of it.
- What do you hope fans get from your music?
I love when people click with the lyrics, and I dig hearing what the songs mean to them. It can be completely different from what it means to me, and it’s cool hearing another interpretation.
Also, I tried to make an album that sounds great in headphones. That’s how I listened to music when I was a kid and it was such an important part of my life. I hope people dig it!
- What can you tell us about your upcoming album, “Come Spy With Me”?
I’m super proud of it – sonically and visually (the LP is pressed on clear “spyglass” vinyl). There’s all kinds of different types of songs on there. I feel like I’m in the exact right home at Wicked Cool Records. They are an artist-oriented and extremely encouraging label. No limits.
- You were able to collaborate with a lot of people for the album, including Debbie Harry. What was that like?
Debbie is fantastic and always up for an adventure! Creatively, she’s fast too! She seems to just take off with so many great ideas. It’s very natural to her. We had a blast in the studio that day too. She came in wearing a leather harness that read “Not My President” spelled out in tiny studs! It was great! She’s one of the most authentic and punk rock people I know.
- You’ve worked in music for a while and have had several different projects. What has been your favorite memory from over the years?
I’ve been part of tons of great projects and feel so lucky to have worked with such great musicians along the way. It would be impossible to pick only one. I’m part of a super fun band that I get to play drums in called Pink Slip Daddy – just being around those band members means a lot.
- What is something that you’ve accomplished so far in your career that you are most proud of?
Sometimes I wonder if I’m accomplishing anything at all, but when I think back, I’m not sure I’d change a thing. I’m a lucky gal.
- What is your go-to drink from a coffee shop?
Cold brewed coffee crapped up with soy milk.
- What is your current favorite song?
There’s SO much great music out there these days! There’s a beautiful song called “Starlight” by Jeremy & the Harlequins out now that I can’t get enough of.
- What was the first concert you went to?
It could have been David Cassidy, I’m not sure. I remember wanting to go see Sly & the Family Stone & Alice Cooper, but my mother wouldn’t drive me. None of my friends liked them, and I was way too young to go alone.
- What is your favorite movie?
Again… so many. I tend to go on director binges too – like Almodovar – I’ll just wanna watch his stuff for a while. I’ve been catching some Netflix series shows too. Happy Valley was a total genius creepfest.
- If you could create your dream tour, who would be on the lineup?
I’d probably have to go back to the 60’s if it’s a dream…