Friday, December 30, 2016

Palmyra Delran at the Bowery Electric

Palmyra Delran was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and later moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she played drums in Das Yahoos until the band split in 1988, and then in Pink Slip Daddy until 1993. In 1991, Delran formed the Friggs, playing pop, rock, surf and punk until 2001. In the early 2000s, Delran played drums in the Booty Olympics, who later became Santa Marias. Switching to electric guitar, Delran began recording under her own name in 2008. Listeners of Little Steven’s Underground Garage voted her song "Baby Should Have Known Better" as The Coolest Song in the World for the year 2008. Delran's sole solo album is 2013's You Are What You Absorb. She is now based in New York City.

Opening for the Dictators NYC at the Bowery Electric tonight, Delran led a quartet in a set that blended easy, breezy 1960s pop melodies and 1990s Riot Grrrl guitar-centered rock. Packing more cutting guitar power than on her recordings, Delran heightened the sweet, bright melodies even while the band revved up the rocking impact. The result was clean and smooth pop punk, elevating her music one level above the garage.

Visit Palmyra Delran at

1. Love Has Gone Away
2. Someday Soon
3. Kill Yourself
4. Shut Out
5. You're My Brian Jones
6. Run Now, Baby
7. Shy Boy
8. Oh, No!
9. No Time Like Never
10. Baby Should Have …
11. Lies for You