ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM
LIVE VOL. 2
12 TRACKS INCLUDING 5 BRAND NEW SONGS ALL RECORDED
LIVE BY THE BAND IN A CLUB IN PARIS
Parcels have announced they will release their new album Live Vol. 2 on 20th October via Because Music / Virgin Music Australia. It will be available digitally and on 180gsm double vinyl. Their new single and accompanying video ‘Reflex – from Le Palace, Paris’, taken from the forthcoming album, are out now.
Live Vol. 2 consists of twelve tracks, all recorded live by the band at a secret gig in Paris last year. The album includes 5 brand new & unreleased songs and follows on from Parcels’ previous live album, Live Vol. 1, released in 2020 and a fan favourite for its display of the band’s distinguished musicianship and one-take performance.
But Live Vol. 2 sees the 5-piece – from Australia but based in Berlin – explore a new, club inspired direction and sound, first trialed at their live shows last year. Patrick Hetherington of the band explains:
“I think a lot of things lead up to us making this record. Maybe we finally allowed ourselves to musically reflect our years in Berlin, moments in dark nightclubs flying high. We wanted to transport people into the club with us. Into the tense, faceless, euphoric world that can present itself in the right environment with the right repetition of the right chords and rhythms. Transcendence. When people stop thinking and just feel, just move. That deep escape.
Beforehand we had many months touring the world, playing festivals and headline shows. Trying to make a crowd move. We felt a pull towards dance music so we started to sneak more of these long repetitious tangents into our set. On the last tour in Europe half of the set was a rave and the other half was the more traditional songs. We didn’t feel like we could go much further with it at our concerts though, especially the bigger ones. It was already divisive amongst our fans and for this dance stuff to work we really needed the whole crowd to take the trip with us and to let go. So we figured for ‘Live Vol. 2’, why not go all the way there! Here was an opportunity to rent a small club, to take away the name Parcels, and all the expectations that come with it, and just have a hot room full of people dancing. The previous year on the road was like training, learning to enter these long semi-improvised dance sections, learning how to communicate with each other and how to keep a crowd on their toes. Every night we honed in closer on new, rearranged versions of Parcels songs. ‘Live Vol. 2’ was where we would really let loose and drive it home. We would play for 2 hours, just dance music. And it was an experiment, a risk, because we’d never done it so purely before.”
‘Reflex – from Le Palace, Paris’, taken from Live Vol. 2, is out now and is the first single from the album. Of the single, Jules Crommelin says:
“We seem to like shifting our songs in drastic ways, turning them upside down and back to front, and for Reflex that meant changing a ballad into a fast euphoric trance dance track. It was a lot of fun to play that night, I remember the feeling.. the building energy in the evening.”
Originally formed in Byron Bay, Australia back in 2014, Parcels are presently based in Berlin, Germany and the band’s line-up is keyboardist Louie Swain, keyboardist/guitarist Patrick Hetherington, bassist Noah Hill, drummer Anatole “Toto” Serret, and guitarist Jules Crommelin.
The band released their debut, self-titled album in 2018 to widespread critical acclaim, with NME dubbing it “cheeky, timeless and devilishly catchy” in their 5-star review. Parcels’ second studio album Day/Night is an ambitious record made up of two self contained albums. The record was praised by the likes of Rolling Stone UK: “a brilliantly accomplished, genre-spanning record” and Gigwise who proclaimed it “a career-defining record”.
Parcels are a formidable unit as a live band, and completed their biggest tour to date last year, performing a 6-stop sold-out Australian tour performing at Enmore Theatre (Sydney), The Tivoli (Brisbane), and The Forum (Melbourne) with The Music stating “the Byron five’s scintillating synchronicity wowed beyond expectation”. Internationally, they also performed to sold out headline shows and festivals across the globe including Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and New York’s SummerStage in Central Park. The band’s most recent shows in the UK were hailed “a dextrous show of live prowess” in NME’s 5-star review of their Islington Academy Show, adding: “you simply have to see this band live.” All this is evident in Live Vol. 2, the new album by Parcels – out 20th October via Because Music / Virgin Music Australia. New single ‘Reflex – from Le Palace, Paris’ is out now.
‘Live Vol. 2’ track listing…
1. Shadow – from Le Palace, Paris
2. LordHennessy – from Le Palace, Paris
3. Ascend – from Le Palace, Paris
4. Recast – from Le Palace, Paris
1. Reflex – from Le Palace, Paris
2. Iknowhowyoufeel – from Le Palace, Paris
3. Gamesofluck – from Le Palace, Paris
1. Thefear – from Le Palace, Paris
2. Transcend – from Le Palace, Paris
1. Entrance – from Le Palace, Paris
2. Lightenup – from Le Palace, Paris
3. React – from Le Palace, Paris
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