PALMSTRUCK - Battery Radio Edit by palmstruck published on 2013/03/21 11:11:58 +0000 A song conceived just minutes before a Manchester band’s singer underwent a heart-transplant, is one of the highlights of palmstruck’s four-track EP released in May 2012. At the start of 2010, palmstruck’s Andrew Rigg became seriously ill and needed a heart transplant. Five minutes before being sedated for his operation, he memorably emailed the bones of a new song to the rest of his band. The 2012 release of the Stupid Future EP was the culmination of Rigg’s determination to see the project through. The three original members of the Manchester alternative five-piece: Andrew Rigg (vocals & programming/keys), Curig Owen (piano & keyboard) and Alex Drury (drums & percussion) have been making music together for over 10 years. The addition of Jimi Parker-Backhouse (bass) in 2009 and Mark Wegner (guitar) in 2008 enabled palmstruck to fashion their most recent and impressive sound: the Stupid Future EP is notable for its drive and sense of purpose, reflecting a band that has overcome extreme adversity. Rigg successfully received a new heart in April 2010, triggering the band’s resurgence. Stupid Future was recorded in 2011 at Salford’s prestigious Blueprint Studios under the direction of Gary Vaughan-Hadfield. The EP and its release was financed, publicised and self-managed by palmstruck. “I’ve always loved it when bands manage to strive to be as blatantly individual as possible without compromising the songs, and palmstruck effortlessly succeed on both fronts…. There are tunes… There are melodies you can warm yourself with… and there are grooves too… And amongst the jazzy beats, polyrhythms, cymbals and drone bass are songs. Proper songs. The whole thing is so wonderfully bizarre and so deliciously intoxicating that you imagine it being difficult for anyone with a love for music and a passion for innovation being able to resist them.” David Edwards, manchestermusic.co.uk The band have completed their next single 'Battery' which is due for release on 2nd April.