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Written by TK   

The Parlotones are the new kids on the block in a rock-scene already exploding with over-talent, however the band still manage to stand out above other newcomers with their sound.  As cliched as it may sound, the expression “fresh-sound” springs immediately to mind.  So apart from sounding “fresh”, what else can be said about the Parlotones?

The band-members are born and bred South-Africans, however seemingly bent on UK, if not world, domination.  They are as comfortable wearing the “indie-rock” hat as they are the “rock-ballad” shoes - not quite as indie as “We Are Scientists” or “Kings of Leon”, the Parlotones are caught comfortably and interestingly between indie-rock land and commercial rock.  Recorded in Durban, South Africa, RadioControlledRobot (their first album) was released globally late last year after initially being released in 2006.

This is a band that should catapult to real success, however whether in fact the band experiences loftier success or not will boil down to the sheer luck of the tough music industry.  From the lyrics up, the talent of the Parlotones is evidential.  The single, “Beautiful”, is aptly titled and as about as commercial as the band gets (having featured in a Fujifilm television commercial in Ireland recently).  The lead-singer, Kahn Morbee, has a voice that is arguably a hybrid between Chris Martin and Bernard Fanning of Powderfinger, and it is Morbee that makes “Beautiful” a clever rock tune.  Morbee's voice is also especially distinguished in “Interlude (the Impossible)” and “Louder Than Bombs”.

The band should without a doubt go places, and those people who enjoy Travis, Coldplay, earlier Radiohead tunes and Powderfinger, will definitely be interested in the Parlotones “RadioControlledRobot”.

6.5/10

 
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