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The distinct brash sound of the indie alternative rock music scene has traditionally enjoyed success through the largely underground network of fans found in the campus circuits, on university grounds, in the classrooms and in young kid’s bedrooms where some of the worlds greatest and latest can be found on the walls.
Brit rock abounds on the mainstream rock charts these days. The recent success of International artists such Coldplay and Steroephonics have caused a huge and relentless demand for the timeless genre. The South African music lover it seems is shares the same taste in music as their international counterparts.
Which brings us to The Parlotones.
Growing from strength to strength the past year saw them touring endlessly showcasing their unique style of music to anyone who would listen. It is finally paying off. The band hooked up with Just Jinger during their final South African show is Pretoria and received a huge response. They were invited to perform live at the recent Cosmopolitan 21st Bash and the FHM Top 100 sexiest woman party. These two performances were shortly followed by shows in Botswana and The Nokia Youth Day concert alongside The Finkelstiens, Prime Circle, The Springbok Nude Girls, Malaika and Zola. The bands personal highlight has been asked to open for international band New Model Army and being asked to represent Johannessburg in the Cell C Sounds of the City event.
If you are wondering where you have heard the bands name before, they were featured in both Glamour and Cosmopolitan magazines as one of the bands to watch out for in 2005, received a feature in FHM and their second single off their recent EP release ‘Here comes a man’ was playlisted on 5fm and entered the Top 20 as well as the High 5 at 5. Their first single ‘Beautiful’ has been included on 5FM DJ Koula’s latest compilation, ‘Koula’s Campus Classics.’ Television appearances include guest spots on Jip, Channel O, Go, Twenty Something, Good morning Live and SABC 1’s Wildroom. No wonder you have heard of them.
What is evident about The Parlotones is the unique style of music which they offer to South Africa. Largely influenced by the British scene the band’s debut album ‘Episoda’ is a collection of intelligently crafted songs with catchy melodies that engages the listener on a journey of everyday life. Singer/songwriter Kahn Morbee explains that the album can be seen as “a compilation, melting pot if you will, of all of our influences on one disc.”
Released in 2003, ’Episoda’s’ songs are still on high rotation at most University radio stations and are amongst the top downloads on local music websites. The catchy, crowd-pleaser track, ‘Long Way Home’, has been play listed on regional radio stations Highveld and East Coast Radio.
‘Borderline Patrol’ the bands second release is a 4-track ep which was recorded late 2004 at Tropical Sweat Studios in Durban. The EP consists of crowd favourites, ‘Beautiful’, ‘Tiny’, and ‘Pretend’, and includes a remake of Boom Boom Room’s 80’s classic, ‘Here Comes A Man’.
The Parlotones are clearly re-writing the script for SA music. One of the most anticipated album releases of the year must certainly be the brand new Parlotones album. Following the release of a 4 track EP, the new album will contain 14 new tracks plus the 4 bonus tracks from the 'Borderline Patrol' EP. Titled 'Radiocontrolledrobot' the album is the bands best work yet. A nationwide tour will follow the release.
The Parlotones are Kahn Morbee (vocals, guitar), Neil Pauw (Drums), Paul Hodgson (guitar), and Glen Hodgson (bass, piano, backing vocals).
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