"The Parlotones inspired by The Beatles, Radiohead and Coldplay." – Interview

The Parlotones was introduced to America in a huge way, much like The Beatles. Both of the bands have a universal sound in their music. Are The Parlotones going to be as big as The Beatles? Who knows? What I do know is that The Parlotones is a great band (see review here: "The Parlotones' 'Stardust Galaxies' is more polished than Coldplay and The Killers." – Music Review) and it’s only a matter of time the group will make a huge mark in the United States. Lead singer Kahn Morbee recently took time out of the band’s busy schedule to talk about the new album “Stardust Galaxies” and what it was like to play before the 2010 World Cup.

Q - How did you get involved in music?

A - I was always surrounded by music and involved in school plays, etc. It wasn’t ever a formal beginning it was just something I was enamored by.

Q - Where did the name The Parlotones come from?

A - We’re very inspired by bands such as The Beatles, Radiohead and even Coldplay and they are all signed to a label called Parlophone Records so we adjusted the name to sort of honor our favorite bands. We later learned that parlo means speak in many languages and tone is associated with music so I guess - we speak the language of music.

Q - The band had the fortune of playing the opening ceremony of the 2010 World Cup. What did this do for The Parlotones in terms of reaching a wider audience?

A - I think we certainly had a massive response from South America and the territories where we’ve already made significant impact; Europe and UK cemented our presence a little more. It isn’t a magic wand but we’re taken a lot more seriously and we have a good mark on our CV.

Q - Tell me about the writing and recording processes of the new album, "Stardust Galaxies"?

A - Writing normally happens as soon as the previous album is completed. I write songs, melody ideas and lyrics constantly wherever I am. These constantly evolve and then I present them to the band and we begin to color it up. We generally demo about 40 songs, we choose thirty to pre-produce and then settle on twenty which we record and at the end of the process select the best twelve as part of a democratic vote.

Q - The Parlotones' sound is very universal, meaning that songs could appear on Pop charts, Rock charts, Adult charts, etc. How would you describe the band's sound?

A - Thanks for the idea - Universal Pop Rock. I think at our core we are a rock band with Pop sensibilities; we have eclectic tastes that range from mellow to hardcore, and we try to harness that into an accessible sound.

Check out “Stardust Galaxies,” in stores now.


Jason Tanamor is the Editor of Zoiks! Online. He is also the author of the novels, "Hello Lesbian!" and "Anonymous." Email Jason at jason@zoiksonline.com.
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