Following the announcement of their new live album 'Live Vol. 2' last month, Aussie five-piece band Parcels delivered the second single from the project. 'Thefear - from Le Palace, Paris' is the next divulged segment from the full recording of their secret club gig in Paris.
With 'Live Vol. 2', Parcels invite their listeners to dance deep into the evening and beyond. The live album is inspired by their clubbing experiences in the band’s adopted home of Berlin, where they’ve immersed themselves in the faceless, euphoric settings of the local dancefloors that lend themselves to mesmerizing, transcendental music.
Officially releasing on October 20th, 'Live Vol. 2' is a continuation of their praised 2020 'Live Vol. 1' album and accompanying film piece. Like last time, the new live project follows their previous studio album (this time, 2021’s 'Day/Night') and comes alongside a 62-minute film of the beautifully chaotic performance. 'Live Vol. 2' consists of twelve tracks, all recorded live by the band during the show last year. It includes five never-before-heard songs and highlights Parcels’ distinguished musicianship during the one-take performance.
While similar in format to its predecessor, 'Live Vol. 2' sees the five-piece outfit explore a new, club-inspired direction and sound, first trialed at their live shows last year. 'Thefear - from Le Palace, Paris' marked a special point during the show when Parcels reached a transcendental state of flow, as Patrick Hetherington of the band explains, "'Thefear' is a deep cut from our new live club album. It’s heavy and anxious, the way things can sometimes turn when you get lost in the club. Over an hour down the rabbit hole, this was a moment when the party went inward.”
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 six-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.
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