The Parlotones are a rock n’ roll quartet from Johannesburg, South Africa.
It’s too bad they’re not going to be in New York or Hong Kong soon, because one listen and you know that this is a band that loves putting on a show and playing live.
Take for instance, their latest single “Can You Feel It?”
It’s a nice summer slice of percussive heaven with strong vocals and a driving beat. Doesn’t hurt that the catchy song — primed for a live audience — is backed by a creative and fun video, too.
Keep this band on your radar.
They’re touring to support the new release of their eighth studio LP – a double album entitled China.
If they’re playing near you, see them. From what we sense — and from what we’ve read — you’ll be in for a great night.
In the meantime, get to meet the band below.
There’s Neil Pauw (drums), Glen Hodgson (bass/keys/backing vocals), Paul Hodgson (lead guitar) and Kahn Morbee (vocals/guitar).
They are the Parlotones… and they’re ready for Six Crucial Questions…
1. What is your earliest musical memory?
Neil Pauw (drums): Lying around every Sunday morning listening to the top 40 with my dad on the radio. Not sure how old I was, but I was very young.
Glen Hodgson (bass/keys/backing vocals): Starting piano lessons in Grade 1 (a cunning plan to spend more time with the girl I had decided I was in love with).
Paul Hodgson (lead guitar): Learning chords on my mother’s classical guitar out of her church music file. G, C, Em, D … what more do you need? 🙂
Kahn Morbee (vocals/guitar): My gran and I sang “In the Morning of My Life” as a duet at my aunt and uncles’s wedding. Just before we sang she took some pills, I asked her what they were for, and she said to calm her nerves. Reflecting on it now seems quite bizarre, a 60 year old and a 10 year old singing a duet. I also always saw her as an incredibly strong woman and realize now that even the strong can feel vulnerable.
2. What has been your most embarrassing musical moment?
Neil: Falling off my drum stool. I also hit myself in the eye with a drumstick which resulted in a black eye.
Glen: My voice breaking while I tried out for choir in front of the whole class in grade 7. It was embarrassing and also so confusing. The teacher got mad at me because she thought I was joking around.
Paul: We played a corporate show at the Sun City Superbowl and the musical director decided I needed to stroll down the ramp with a spotlight on me, while shredding a guitar solo. I totally panicked and hit every possible wrong note. Luckily it was at the dress rehearsal and I quickly agreed when they “suggested” maybe the session guitarist do it…
Kahn: I was once a blue book called Psalty in a church play.
3. What do you like and dislike about touring?
Neil: I like getting to see the world. Also the opportunity to meet all kinds of people and experience different cultures.
Glen: I like to get away from home, and then I dislike being away from home.
Paul: Like: seeing the world, being away from home’s day-to-day responsibilities, having food provided each day, playing music every night. Dislike: missing family, missing your own bed, living out of a suitcase.
Kahn: The road can be quite relentless and a blur but I’m reminded that very few people get to call their passion their profession. I now have three kids, and leaving them is always going to be tough, but I’m a gypsy at heart and travel and opening your mind to different cultures and experiences is extremely rewarding.
4. What is your favorite record store, anywhere in the world?
Neil: Hard Wax in Berlin.
Paul: We used to love the HMV stores in the UK, but these days I guess it’s Spotify.
5. Other than your own music, what is your favorite song or album of all-time? Why?
Neil: “Getting Away With It (All Messed Up)” by JAMES.
Glen: Rancid – …And Out Come The Wolves changed me forever in that way that every punk can’t really explain the first time they heard punk rock music.
Paul: Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning. I love Conor Oberst’s voice, the sadness of the lyrics, and the music resonates with me. This is the first album of theirs I ever heard and it’s still my favorite.
Kahn: The Bends by Radiohead, it’s the album that taught me how to play guitar.
6. You wake up in a seedy Berlin hotel room with no recollection of the past 96 hours. Who is your first call?
Neil: Josh (sound engineer) or AK (road manager).
Paul: Neil Pauw. He’ll wake up our roadie Josh to come fetch me.
Kahn: Well the truth is I’ll most probably have been woken up by someone, either Josh or Neil, and I’ll ask them to piece together the night.
Lead-In Image Courtesy of The Parlotones; Photo by Andre Badenhorst.
Album Cover Courtesy of The Parlotones, and ℗ 2018 OTT Records under exclusive license to Gallo Record Company.