A FESTIVAL, A PARADE
If you put a gun to my head (please don’t) and said ‘who’s your favourite band?’, I think I’d have to say The National. I love Matt Berninger and co and think they’ve created some wonderful albums, so I was very excited to see a new group taking one of their lyrics (it’s from ‘All The Wine’, put the gun down) as their name.
It might be a lazy comparison to make, but there are shades of The National in A Festival, A Parade. But there’s also a resemblance to fellow New York brooders Interpol and some of the pulsating guitar wouldn’t sound out of place in a Placebo song. And yet you certainly can’t call them a rip-off of anyone – ‘If Dogs Could Talk’… has its own angular, atmospheric sound.
This is A Festival, A Parade’s debut single but you wouldn’t know it – it’s mature and interesting and sounds like it comes from a band who have been at this for years. The single comes out today and if you’re lucky enough to be up in the North East they’re playing a few gigs in their hometown of Newcastle over the next few months.
Words by Tom Worley
Tipped by Charlotte Holroyd
Generator North East, The Manse, Kingsland Church Studios, Priory Green, Byker, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE6 2DW
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