Pallbearers of pop - carrying pop's dead body from London Ontario
As children of rock and roll showmen, The Parkas were raised on British Invasion records, schooled in Northern Ontario punk shows, and baptized in an undercurrent of Stax Voltage. Composed of two brothers, a cousin, and a best friend, the Parkas are a thoroughbred family of music makers who write either "music that missed evolution, or music setting an evolutionary trend" (iizine).
Last fall, the Parkas toured out to the East Coast, where they were invited to play the Halifax Pop Explosion and open for Tel Aviv's Rock Four and Winnipeg's Paper Moon. At home in London, Ontario, they've held their ground with bands like The Dears and Hot Hot Heat. This year, the Parkas played the Endearing Records showcase at Canadian Music Week in Toronto, performing alongside Radiogram, the Heavy Blinkers, Paper Moon and Hot Little Rocket. They made NOW Magazine's "Critics' Picks" list, and performed what ChartAttack.com called "a refreshing alternative to all that heavy nonsense that is considered rock 'n' roll these days." After playing a sold out show at this year's North By NorthEast, ChartAttack.com declared that "The release of the Parkas' full length debut will surely make them a household name."
Presently, the Parkas have finished recording their first full-length record in Andy Magoffin's House of Miracles, a ten song album that combines pop harmony, country pathos, and rock 'n' roll swagger. The album, called "Now This is Fighting", is available on Winnipeg's Endearing Records.
The Parkas are not here to save the life of rock music, they are simply inheritors of their forefathers' beat and sound. Like good sons, they offer themselves up as the pallbearers of pop, and they'll be playing the funeral all night long. Turn up the eulogy.