Folk band Parallel Play to release politically-charged EP “Bucket of Lies” on March 1

With two successful releases under their belt, “The Floor’s Made of Lava!” in 2011 and “Take Your Pants Off” in 2014, Dallas-based folk band Parallel Play is excited to announce the release of their third EP titled “Bucket of Lies” this March. Available to purchase on Tuesday, March 1, also known as Super Tuesday, the band hopes to inspire listeners during this year’s election with their politically charged EP. Tired of all of the pandering present in politics today, Parallel Play took this opportunity to complain in the most delightful way possible, in the form of their newest release. Self-proclaimed as bluegrass instrumentation in a rock band formation, the group strives to represent all of their musical inspirations in one album. With a swinging political protest jig, a mean country duet, a prog rock tune debating free will, a moody groove about signing divorce papers and a chaotic he-said-she-said jam, there’s something for everyone in “Bucket of Lies.” With an after party and set by Loyal Sally at midnight, the band will celebrate their newest release with a party at Sundown at Granada from on Saturday, March 5. Doors open at 10 p.m. and Parallel Play will take the stage at 10:30 p.m. Tickets for the show are $10 and can be purchased in advance at or at the door. Sundown at Granada is located at 3520 Greenville Ave., Dallas, Texas 75206.

“This EP’s like making comfort food at 120 beats per minute,” said Jeremy Drake (lyricist/lead vocals/guitar). “The smell of a home cooked meal distracts you from all of the banging and a clanging going on. By the time you realize we wrecked your kitchen, you’ll be belly out in a food coma.”

Growing up as alternative music-driven individuals, Parallel Play now invades the folk genre, with hints of rock, indie and Americana. With their alternative roots represented fully musically, and in spirit, the group’s high-octane performance has made them a rising star in the Dallas music scene. Starting as a duo, high school buddies Drake and Jason Miears fell hard for the honest nature of folk music. After joining forces with Erin Gayden after an ArtLoveMagic event in 2009 and Pappy McCall, who served as Drake’s wife’s roller derby coach, the band was complete. Together the group delivers toe-tapping riffs into the crowd, causing outburst of stomping, dancing and often a head banging frenzy. Parallel Play has shared the stage with local and nationally touring acts such as Reckless Kelly, Turnpike Troubadors, Dirty River Boys, Seryn, Brave Combo, Telegraph Canyon, Jessie Frye, Oil Boom, Goodnight Ned, The O’s and more.

With diverse influences ranging from 60s pop to 90s grunge to Zeppelin, the Pixies, and even a bit of swing, this motley crew shows off their musical chops and clever lyrics on “Bucket of Lies.” Drake’s complex lyrics are perfectly complemented by the thrashing of his five-string guitar, Gayden on upright bass and vocals (“When She Say She Can’t”), McCall on percussion and Miears’ banjo. Lyricist Drake worked closely with Miears, Gayden and McCall to bring each song to life, enabling the group to expand on

instrumentation, blend sounds seamlessly and ultimately create a polished end product. Approaching each song with a 60s pop mentality, Drake weaves in a thick layer of grunge, dragging the songs into a mosh pit and stomping them to death, inserts a toe-tapping riff, counter melodies and more to create the group’s uniquely genuine, honest sound. Each song dynamically rises from ample amounts of harmonious vocals and a lively back beat; add banjo then bake. The result is mmm…folky!

“The key to a Parallel Play song is to take a negative subject and make it as fun as possible,” said Drake. “Make a heartbreak sound like popping a champagne cork.”

Produced by seven-time Dallas Observer Music Award-winning producer Salim Nourallah (Old 97’s Rhett Miller, The Damnwells) at Dallas-based Pleasantry Lane Studio, the EP was mastered by Los Angeles-based engineer Brian Lucey (The Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys, Cage the Elephant, Beck). The band’s first politically-inspired track “Bucket of Lies” is about how the group is getting sick of all of the pandering in today’s politics. Noting that this election will be the most expensive election in history, Parallel Play hopes to inspire a few to vote for those that want to rid D.C. of this “nonsense.”

“Most bands want to record in a cake layering process,” said Nourallah. “Parallel Play was pretty radical because the band wanted to totally go for it and record everything but vocals live. Most engineers will tell you banjo and upright bass are hard instruments to record live. It’s definitely old school, and pretty ballsy, to do this in one room, standing together. We have all these records that we love like The Band or Zeppelin, the big sound of those records are bands playing together with bleed. There’s something magical about bleed.”

Parallel Plays new EP “Bucket Lies” will be available for purchase on Tuesday, March 1 through iTunes and the band’s website at

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