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Palms Up


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Palms Up ... "And Laughing"

1. Day Dreaming
2. One of those days
3. First Star
4. Storm
5. So Happy
6. Dizzy



Once upon a time, three of the world's most inspired and talented musicians came together to create Palms Up, an acoustic trio that is much more than the sum of its parts.

Comprised of Matthew Davison on lead vocals and guitar, Dave Bryant on drums and vocals and Julian Taylor on bass and vocals, the members of Palms Up have created a sound which is distinctive and undeniably their own.

With music that appeals to all, regardless of age or background it is no wonder that Palms Up has garnered the fan base they have in such a short period of time. With over a thousand fans registered on their mailing list they have been pulling large crowds wherever they have performed and through incredible support on their music has earned them fans worldwide.

Equally comfortable performing originals or covers – the band has successfully moved into the corporate events entertainment niche. Whether blending into the background providing ambient music, or getting a group up on their feet dancing, the band has always been extremely well received by corporate groups.

Matthew Davison, a trained vocalist, guitarist and songwriter, relocated to Cape Town from Johannesburg in 2000. Having always had an insatiable love for performing and writing music he started playing wherever he could around Cape Town. He rapidly built up strong links with local bands, most notably the brilliant Cape Town based duo Plush. It was through Plush that Davison first started to make his mark on the Cape Town scene, opening for them frequently and swiftly building up his own fan base. As a qualified sound engineer Davison also set up his own recording studio, Rooftop Records, where he has built up a support base of loyal clients. He is an extraordinary songwriter with a flair for lyrical ingenuity and a strong, considerate, multi-dimensional voice.

Dave Bryant, born and bred in the Mother City, has studied drum kit and percussion since age eleven. He trained at Beau Soleil Music Centre until he finished high school, achieving his grade 8 certificate in drum kit with distinction. During his year off after school, Bryant trained further under percussionists from the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed with many Cape Town groups, spending two years with Afro-pop exponents Chiaroscuro. Bryant is also a talented jazz pianist and blues vocalist. He and Davison met up whist performing in their individual capacities and decided to collaborate.

As a qualified astro-physicist, Julian Taylor adds a stratospheric dimension to playing the upright bass. Also a student of Beau Soleil Music Centre, Taylor has trained under the auspices of famed South African bassist Brydon Bolton. Originally more specifically oriented to jazz playing, Taylor has slotted in perfectly to the acoustic style of Palms Up. With his deep baritone/bass voice Taylor adds further diversity to the vocal harmonies that form such an integral part of Palms Up’s music. As a long time friend of Dave’s, he was an obvious first choice when looking for a bassist of high quality.

It is the combination of these musical talents that truly makes Palms Up what it is. The band members combine on most tracks to provide awe-inspiring three part vocal harmonies whilst performing their individual instruments with finesse. The sound is easy on the ears and the jazzy rock themes make it impossible to keep your feet still. Certain songs are written for lovers, some for dancing and others are beautifully crafted tributes to special people, all retaining the lyrical magic, vocal splendor and musical creativity that is exclusively Palms Up.

They also recently launched their debut CD entitled And Laughing. Recorded by Palms Up at Rooftop Records and mixed and mastered by Sound and Motion Studios, it has received rave reviews since its launch to a sell-out crowd at The Pavilion in Cape Town.

Palms Up is a bastion of light in a society plagued by pessimism and aggression.
It’s a cheerful musical revolution, accessible and enjoyable for all. Have a listen or come watch them perform to truly appreciate what Palms Up really means.