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INTERVIEW: Parlors

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thanks for having us! We’ve been great — it’s been an awesome experience to put our first tune out into the world. The past couple of weeks we have been busy dusting off our jackets for the winter, and spending the rest of our time in the rehearsal studio getting ready for some upcoming shows. 

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “State Lines”?

The progression and lead riff in the chorus is something we’ve had for awhile. Our lead singer Matt originally sent his younger brother Dan that riff amongst a few others in a voice memo, and Dan immediately had it on repeat knowing there was something there. It continued to grow, and the final ingredient instrument-wise was added when Hart came up with the lead riff over the pre-chorus. We view it as a proper introduction to our sound, and hear the intro itself as the beginning of a band. 

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

The lyrics for this one actually came about from meeting a few people in a shared cab, who were in town for only a few hours. It eventually morphed into something more than just that story but essentially ‘State Lines’ is based around the idea of going along for the ride with people you just met, even though they will be on to another city by the next day. All of us in the band share a similar fascination of being able to meet so many unique people from different backgrounds in this melting pot of a city that we call home. We don’t condone actually ‘cutting through any gates’ if that is what a newfound friend is considering, though. 

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Right now we don’t have any concrete plans for a video, however our good friends Cameron and Roman Lao-Gosney have done an incredible job putting together promo content for our releases. We’re excited to continue working with them and support their endeavors in film as well. A music video will likely be in the cards in the future. 

How was the recording and writing process?

We were really lucky to work with an amazing engineer, Jake Lummus, at Grand Street Recording in Williamsburg. From day one, he was on the ball in terms of getting the guitar tones and drum sounds we were looking for. The environment in that studio is amazing, it always feels like an oasis going in there whether it’s 20 degrees and snowing or 70 and sunny outside — there’s never a place we would rather be. 

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Yes! We have two more songs that are ready for release. We are putting the final songwriting touches on a fourth tune, and are eager to get back to Grand Street once that is done. 

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

We will release our self-titled, 3-song EP on November 30th. ‘State Lines’ will be included, as well as two others entitled ‘Glass Bricks’ and ‘A Night out of Dallas’. 

Any plans to hit the road?

We have two upcoming shows in New York: Nov. 30th at Nublu 151 ave C and Jan. 5th at Coney Island Baby. We’re looking forward to playing some shows outside of New York in 2019 as well!

What else is happening next in Parlors’ world?

Besides the upcoming release and shows, we are excited to get back into the studio in 2019 to continue writing and recording. The beauty of songwriting is that we continue to (and probably will always) feel our best song is yet to be written, and with that we’re excited to see where all four of our influences will guide the sound of the band next.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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