The band’s newly released EP ‘The Parliamo Manifesto’ is the culmination of over a year’s songwriting and is a bold statement of intent from the 6 piece.
Drawing from a plethora of influences from The Avalanches and Massive Attack to Super Furry Animals and The Beta Band – Parliamo bring together witty social commentary–styled lyricism with a distinctive songwriting approach very much of their own.
Employing a charming tongue-in-cheek approach to some of the slightly darker aspects of life which young people face today, the record touches on the complications of religious pressure on “Catholic Guilt”, spiralling addiction on “Who Needs a Reason?”, mental health on “She’s Only Human” and the awkward beauty of young love on EP opener “Paul & Barry”.
The baggy, swaggering sound of the band and the often darkly humorous nature of the lyrics, stands in stark contrast with some of the subject matter, echoing the band’s propensity for laughing in lieu of crying. In a world of such turmoil and uncertainty, ‘The Parliamo Manifesto’ aims to reconcile people with positivity through vibrant, energetic music, whilst providing a relatable commentary on the modern world and the inner workings of the minds of young people. With lyrics sometimes written and delivered in the Scottish vernacular, the record offers a somewhat unique perspective on the simultaneously charming and terrifying nature of modern life.
1. Life On The TV
2. She’s Only Human
3. Paul & Barry
4. Catholic Guilt
5. Only Friends
6. Echo In My Chamber
7. Who Needs A Reason
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