‘Queer Fatwa’, the debut single from Glaswegian upstarts Sweaty Palms, was named after a phrase lifted from author Jon Ronson’s investigative novel on extremist organisations, ‘Them’. In the section, an Islamist Militant leader attempts to put a ‘queer fatwa’ on Ronson. “The phrase is hysterical, it’s just not two words you imagine to see together,” say Sweaty Palms. “The rest of the song is loosely based around extremism, from Islamist militants to the dirty gringos of the western world.”
Much like Ronson’s own work, Sweaty Palms land somewhere between the playful and the political. Taking these very real, very dangerous subjects and rooting them in under three-minutes of scuzzy, filthy rock’n’roll that channels the great lineage of reprobates from Country Teasers to The Fall to Black Lips, it’s a track designed to shake you up from every angle.
Catch them playing it live alongside, presumably, some other songs at the shows below:
September 15th - The Shacklewell Arms, London
September 16th - Hope & Ruin, Brighton
September 17th - Sound Basement, Liverpool
September 21st - Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
September 24th - Broadcast, Glasgow w/ Bo Ningen