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Palace Announce New Album ‘Shoals’ Out January 21st Via Avenue A / Fiction

Palace Announce New Album ‘Shoals’ Out January 21st Via Avenue A / Fiction

2022 UK, European And US Tours Include Headline Dates At Brixton Academy, Webster Hall, 9:30 Club, The Fonda + More



Today, London-based group Palace — who have built up a sizable international following on the back of Leo Wyndham’s emotive falsetto and his bandmates’ free-flowing, atmospheric anthems — announce their third album Shoals, due for release on January 21st via Avenue A / Fiction. The album announcement is accompanied by a new single and video "Lover (Don’t Let Me Down)". The band will also play their biggest UK, European and US tours to date next spring, including headlining dates at the O2 Academy Brixton, Webster Hall, 9:30 Club, The Fonda, and loads more.

Throughout this album-length meditation on fear, Palace weave together gorgeous guitar lines, forthright expressions of anxious uncertainty, and a masterful sense of space to create a record that pulses with beauty and reckoning. From the stillness comes tidal waves of sound; from cacophony emerges clarity; and following reflection, a sense of peace ultimately coexists with a surrender to spontaneity. At times it recalls Jeff Buckley’s stately ballads, at others the propulsive shoegaze of DIIV or the mountainous crescendos of WU LYF — but throughout it becomes clear that Palace have an unparalleled intuition for how to bolster a song’s intensity and deliver an emotional gutpunch. 

New single “Lover (Don’t Let Me Down)” is a shuffling waltz that juxtaposes pattering drums against aqueous guitars as it ponders the inherent risks of leaving yourself vulnerable to love. Its explosive choruses give way to a placid coda, the dynamic arrangements conforming to the visceral rhythms of panic before settling into a decisive conclusion. 


Shoals is a profound and pensive album, boldly exploring some of life’s greatest questions over its 12 mesmerising tracks. The album deftly explores the interplay of three central existential dilemmas against a broader backdrop of wonder at the vastness and power of the ocean, concluding its arc with the stunning opus ‘Where Sky Becomes Sea’. Through diving into themes of the subconscious, dreams and existentialism, ‘Shoals’ is broadly a record about living with and processing fear. The album’s title is inspired by the seemingly unpredictable behaviour of shoals of fish, shifting rapidly in much the same way as our fears and anxieties of the world around us. 

As frontman Leo Wyndham explains: “It explores and questions what really is palpable and real - what really matters and what we become in death - and the fear of that. The fear of existing and the fear of dying. It's an ode to the power of the ocean and the majesty of nature and how sometimes they are the only things that truly feel real, living and breathing.” 

Shoals follows Palace’s 2019 sophomore album Life After, a stunning record with a clear message of hope. Its eleven tracks, which include the heart-wrenching “Heaven Up There,” are full of the melodic warmth and rich textures that have come to define Palace’s sound. It is an album in equal parts about loss as well as a manual to moving on, stronger than before. 

Having built a dedicated live following through relentless touring both at home and abroad, Palace played some of the world’s biggest festivals in 2019 including main stage slots at Mad Cool, Latitude and Glastonbury’s Park Stage before an autumn tour culminating at their biggest show ever at a sold-out Camden Roundhouse. The band kicked off 2020 by selling out their debut USA tour ahead of returning to the studio to start work on their third album. With a host of new 2022 tour dates confirmed and an incredible 1.4 million monthly listeners on Spotify, Palace are set to continue their enviable trajectory upwards through the best venues the world over. See below for the full list of new tour dates. 

Leo Wyndham, Matt Hodges and Rupert Turner released their acclaimed debut EPLost In The Night in 2014, followed by the Chase The Light EP the following year, their debut album So Long Forever in 2016 and sophomore album Life After in 2019.



Never Said It Was Easy

Shame On You



Give Me The Rain

Friends Forever

Killer Whale

Lover (Don’t Let Me Down)




Where Sky Becomes Sea

Does Nothing Good Last Forever



February 3rd, Glasgow, SWG3

February 4th, Manchester, O2 Ritz

February 5th, Bristol, O2 Academy

February 6th, Leeds, University Stylus

February 8th, Dublin, Vicar St

February 10th, Nottingham, Rock City

February 11th, London, O2 Academy Brixton



February 17th, France, Paris, La Maroquinerie

February 18th, Belgium, Ghent, Vooruit Balzaal

February 19th, Germany, Cologne, Luxor

February 20th, Switzerland, Zurich, Mascotte

February 22nd, Italy, Milan, Magnolia

February 24th, Austria, Vienna, Arena

February 25th, Germany, Munich, Strom

February 26th, Czech Republic, Prague, Café V Lese

February 27th, Hungary, Budapest, Durer Kert

March 1st, Poland, Warsaw, Hydrozagadka

March 2nd, Germany, Berlin, Heimathafen

March 4th, Denmark, Copenhagen, VEGA small hall

March 5th, Germany, Hamburg, Mojo

March 6th, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Paradiso



 April 22nd, Dallas, TX, Club Dada

April 23rd, Austin, TX, Parish

April 24th, Houston, TX, Studio @ Warehouse Live

April 26th, Orlando, FL, The Social

April 27th, Atlanta, GA, Terminal West

April 29th, Durham, NC, Motorco Music Hall

April 30th, Washington DC, 9:30 Club

May 1st, Philadelphia, PA, Foundry

May 3rd, Boston, MA, Paradise

May 5th, New York, NY, Webster Hall

May 7th, Montreal, QC, Club Soda

May 9th, Toronto, ON, Danforth

May 10th, Cleveland, OH, Beachland Ballroom

May 11th, Columbus, OH, A&R Bar

May 13th, Detroit, MI, Shelter

May 14th, Chicago, IL, Thalia Hall

May 16th, Denver, CO, The Gothic Theatre

May 17th, Salt Lake City, UT, The Complex

May 19th, Los Angeles, CA, The Fonda

May 21th, San Francisco, CA, The Fillmore



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