I remember feeling as though I’d been sitting in a darkened room all of my life — comfortable and warm and safe and quiet — then all of a sudden someone had kicked the door in, and it had burst open to let in an intense bright light and this even more intense noise, showing me another world, another life, a way out.
Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division (itbooks/Simon & Schuster UK, 2012)
Just three floors short! And no elevator. Not any more.
The Palace explores the journey of the band My Eyes Shut, their risks, their trust, and their emerging risk-it-all post-punk sonic experiments.
The Palace at night. Memories from a far-off place, from a far-off time.
Video: Gillian Frances, “Friend”
The real history of music is not respectable. Far from it. Neither is it boring. Breakthroughs almost always come from provocateurs and insurgents, and they don’t just change the songs we sing, but often shake up the foundations of society.
Now that we’ve been forced to slow down, what comes next? It’s up to us.
We have what we have. Others might dream of destruction. Hold on.
Multi-instrumentalist Gillian Frances releases her first full-length LP on Decency Den. She shares a few thoughts with The Palace from her home on Guemes Island.
We must keep searching for our epic moments, and write them down lest we forget.