‘impassioned, stadium-ready indie-rock of a superior kind’ – Mail On Sunday (UK)
‘SA`s answer to Radiohead’ – The Guardian (UK)
‘oodles of charisma and infectious songs’ – The Sun (UK)
‘the most exciting South African release since Nelson Mandela in 1990′ – Rip It Up (Australia)
‘South Africa’s answer to Coldplay’ – The Independent (UK)
‘on the verge of a breakthrough in Britain’ – The Times (UK)
‘one of the most exciting bands of the year’ – Rhythm Magazine (UK)
‘Stadium-size licks’ – Total Guitar (Europe)
For Immediate Release: February 4, 2011; Sold-out world tours have brought South Africa’s The Parlotones to the attention of music fans in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain, Benelux, Russia, the US and the UK. This multi-platinum, multi-award winning band will bring their electric, polished stage presence to Canada for two separate shows in March during their 2011 North American tour.
March 10th The Parlotones perform at Canadian Music Week’s Factor Breakthrough Series at the El Mocambo and hit Vancouver’s Biltmore Cabaret on March 26th.
Comprised of Kahn Morbee (vocals, guitar), Glen Hodgson (backup vocals, bass, piano) Paul Hodgson (Guitar) and Neil Pauw (drums), The Parlotones have become a form of South African royalty with their deftly crafted romantic lyrics, atmospheric pop structures, and ambitious live shows. The rock 4-piece achieved multi-platinum status in their home country, selling more records than Coldplay, Oasis, and The Killers combined.
Stardust Galaxies, the bands sixth album and debut North American album contains lyrical insights into the stories, and social and political struggles of their homeland, with a rock, folk, and Doo-Wop backing to each meaningful song. The album won Best Rock Album at the 2010 South African Music Awards while “Push Me To The Floor” won Best Music Video Of The Year.
Their innovative, big-production music videos have been nominated for MTV awards and won two awards at the prestigious ISC (International Song Contest), in the US, judged by the likes of Robert Smith, Tom Waits and Rob Thomas. In November 2009, fans packed the Dome in Johannesburg and helped the Parlotones make history as it was the first time a South African band headlined this venue – the CD/DVD “Live Design” documenting the event, bears testimony to this.
High profile performances in South Africa including the 2009 President’s Inauguration, Africa Day, Live Earth and more recently a live performance in front of over 1 billion people at the 2010 World Cup Kick-Off Celebration, have established The Parlotones as one of the world’s most exciting new acts. International showcases at South by Southwest, MIDEM, and Dubai Sound City have only increased the bands growing fan-base. The band have shared the stage with Kings of Leon, The Gossip, Violent Femmes, Jimmy Eat World, New Model Army, Evanescence, Staind, The Rasmus, UB40, Collective Soul, and in 2005 Metallica, who opened for The Parlotones at The Coke Fest.
The Parlotones success is not limited to their music alone – the band has their own brands of wine ‘Giant Mistake’ and ‘Push me the Floor’ which has earned the band a no.1 spots in the Sunday Times wine list and distribution through major European retailers. (The third variant “We Call This Dancing” has just been released). Their music has also been made available in a limited edition pre-release format on a cellular handset, they have their own branded laptop, a designer running shoe and even a campaign that included a Parlotones meal available from a global food retailer.
With all of the above, do you need another reason to catch The Parlotones live show? Take a look at the bands outstanding videos:
The Parlotones EPK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuoaj2xpGwo
“Push Me To The Floor” Current Single: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPo3KLZ4SpM
“Life Design” Music Video (on rotation at MTV Europe): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbH6nzcMq7M
“Life Design” – live at The Dome in Johannisburg in front of 12.000 fans: http://www.youtube.com/user/realartistgroup#p/a/u/1/ByXMbWBX30E
TOUR DATES (CANADA)
Toronto, ON: El Mocambo – 03/10/11 ~ Canadian Music Week – Factor Breakthrough Series www.canadianmusicfest.com
Vancouver, BC: The Biltmore Cabaret – 03/26/11
TOUR DATES (U.S.)
Atlanta, GA: Smith’s Olde Bar – 03/03/11
Chapel Hill, NC: Local 506 – 03/04/11
Washington, DC: The Red Palace – 03/05/11
Allston, MA: Great Scott – 03/06/11
New York, NY: The Mercury Lounge – 03/08/11
Detroit, MI: Magic Stick – 03/11/11
Chicago, IL: Schubas Tavern – 03/12/11
Kansas City, MO: The Record Bar – 03/13/11
Denver, CO: Larimer Lounge – 03/21/11
Salt Lake City, UT: Urban Lounge – 03/22/11
Boise, ID: Neurolux – 03/23/11
Spokane, WA: Aclub 03/24/11
Seattle, WA: High Dive – 03/25/11
Portland, OR: Doug Fir Lounge – 03/27/11
San Francisco, CA: Bottom Of The Hill – 03/29/11
Los Angeles, CA: Viper Room – 03/30/11
Laguna Beach, CA: Mozambique Live – 04/01/11