Glisten

by The Parlez

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History is dotted with numerous accounts of siblings finding themselves unable to see past their differences. For Dermot and Neil Walsh, brothers and sole members of Dublin’s The Parlez, overcoming sibling rivalry is just one piece of their musical puzzle.

“We’ve had extended spells of not talking to each other whatsoever – two years between 2006 and 2008 is the current record. Luckily, we’re in the middle of a good spell right now,” said Neil. “Generally the less time we spend together, the more likely we are to continue working together.”

Using technology as the band’s peacekeeper, the brothers wrote and recorded most of their forthcoming album, “Glisten,” separately – emailing ideas as well as completed tracks to each other.

The two played every instrument on the album. Dermot focused more of his efforts on lead vocals, keyboards, and post-production, while Neil generally devoted himself to guitar and bass parts.

The result of this process is melodic and vigorous pop-rock-psychedelia with an aggressive edge; music that brings to mind bands such as The Beatles, Joy Division, Blur, MGMT — but without relying too heavily on the influences. Instead, utilizing contemporary styles and techniques to craft something completely their own.

Perhaps Neil described it best, “Our goal is to make interesting music that can stand alongside a tradition of great rock bands and then extend it stylistically so that hopefully other people will be inspired to play in the same way we were inspired by the bands that influenced us.”

Eager to take their music to a wider audience, the band released their debut full-length album “Glisten” in August 2012.

“To actually stand over a finished piece of work, and to declare it as something you needed to express is inspiring,” said Neil. Adding that, “People who go beyond cultural norms and cause problems for the geeks who segment databases keep the world interesting.”

Having played music together and apart for most of their lives, in 2002, the brothers realized that, despite their differences, their full potential is reached in the absence of other musicians.

“Neil and I pick up on each other’s ideas quickly,” commented Dermot. “Growing up, Neil heard the records I was playing, so we developed very similar influences. Now, we have musical common ground – which is productive.”

The brothers intend to continue writing and recording at a steady pace, and if fate wills, start touring. For now though, Dermot and Neil are focused on releasing “Glisten,” and, more importantly, keeping The Parlez together.

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released August 10, 2012

All tracks written by Dermot Walsh and Neil Walsh
Album produced by Dermot Walsh

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The Parlez Dublin, Ireland

The Parlez are Dermot Walsh and Neil Walsh from Dublin, Ireland.

The Walsh brothers get on best with plenty of space between each other, and consequently record most of their work separately - working in studios some 70 miles apart.

The Parlez released their debut album 'Glisten' in 2012, and have followed up with three singles.

New single 'Antimony' to be released in August 2016
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Track Name: Give Up
Hey, I’ve been seeing, I’ve been seeing your carved name
In the trees where we played.

And I think back, I think back to what we said
Said we’d always be the same.

But that could never be, now we’re older
And it’s all too easy to falter
Got too many years left to catch up
And it’s all too easy to give up, just to give up

Hey, I’ve been dreaming, I’ve been dreaming of those nights
Only soft drinks and no fights

Now I wish that, wish I could be as wise as then
But kids turn fools when they’re men

And I’m as foolish as them, now we’re older
And I couldn’t take a minute to call you
Got too many years left to catch up
And it’s all too easy to give up, just to give up
Track Name: Suckers For Love
So, you dont want to deal with goodbyes
you'd only see my eyes
and they'd say way too much about you

No, you dont want to hear from both sides
dont care where the truth resides
well that tells me so much about you

There must be something, some part of you
Asking a question of what you're about to do
You know you're just too hard but that's you


When you can't tell your wrong from your right
How do you sleep at night?
I guess all that booze well it must sure help

Well I might be cut from strange wood
My mainstream insights not so good
But that don't make me the worst now does it?


There must be something, some part of me
I'm missing something that you can clearly see
I'm just too soft yeah but that's me


Well where do we go from here?
My minds all grazed and nothing is clear
So How's it look from your side honey

I guess we're just to tired and drunk
fighting about useless junk
its time we let it go now


There must be something, some part of us
We're feeling something that we can't touch
I guess we're just two suckers for love
Track Name: Heart & Soul
When first I met you, I didn't get you
Then after a while, I noticed your style

Then you tore the heart and soul out of me
Oh yeah, you tore the heart and soul out of me
You tore the heart and soul from me

How I want you, how you haunt me
This empty feeling, its just not healing
Held out for a while, I can't hold on

You tore the heart and soul out of me
Oh yeah, you tore the heart and soul out of me

You blew so hot and cold
I did what I was told
But you tore the heart and soul out of me oh yeah

Try to fix a life that ran so smoothly
Till you came along and ran right through me yeah

My head's on fire, I want to sleep
My head's on fire, I'm in too deep

Cause you tore the heart and soul out of me
Yeah you tore the heart and soul out of me

It seems we crashed and burned
I hope I lived and learned
Cause you tore the heart and soul out of me oh yeah

Try to fix a life that ran so smoothly
Till you came along and ran right through me yeah
Track Name: So Tired Of You
So tired of you, you don’t move me,
You've built me up to something I’ll never be
And when we're out, you scream and shout
You'll keep me up all night I have no doubt

I'm tired of you, so tired of you
I'm tired of you, so tired of you

And now of late, you hesitate
to tell me that you love me, because it grates

I'm tired of you, so tired of you
I'm tired of you, so tired of you

She treats me like a child and still expects to see me smile
Why don't you hang on for a while, wait and see?
I dont think so

I'm tired of you, so tired of you
I'm tired of you, so tired of you

More and more
I have to build myself up for this chore
And just to say, we do ok
It's not enough for me to be this way

I'm tired of you, so tired of you
I'm tired of you, so tired of you
I'm tired of you, so tired of you
I'm tired of you, so tired of you
Track Name: Everyone
Everyone's against you
Everyone offends you
No one will make friends with you
But you'll get them all in the end

Everyone deflates you
You think that they all hate you
Buses will not wait for you
Buit you'll get them all in the end

Crybaby, crybaby, run home with your ball
Crybaby, you can lose them all

And it hurts like hell
And more than you can tell
I hope you do get well
But in the meantime you'll remain crybaby

No one understands you
Your parents didn't plan you
They couldn't give you all their love
But you'll get them all in the end

None of us is perfect
You've got to have some respect
Let us do what we all want to
And we'll all get there in the end

Sure it hurts like hell
And more than you can tell
I hope you do get well
But in the meantime you'll remain crybaby
Track Name: Nothing But A Love Song
It's about time we had a talk
Just for once dont turn and walk
Like you usually do

Seems clear now that our love it fades
Got to face up now the future ain't so good
Like we hoped it would

But I'll still try to keep you by my side
And I won't hide the way I live my life

It's nothing but a love song I'm trying to sing to you
But you make it so hard to get through
It's nothing but a love song I'm trying to pass your way
But you won't let me have my say

It's been falling apart right in front of our eyes
Who made mistakes? Who told the lies?
Oh yeah, I guess we know

To put it all aside, its not about blame
Its about a choice that you've got to make
Oh yeah, what you going to do?

If I were you I'd make a move quite soon
At this point we dance to different tunes

It's nothing but a love song I'm trying to sing to you
But you make it so hard to get through
It's nothing but a love song I'm trying to pass your way
But you won't let me have my say
Track Name: Letters To Rachel
I send letters to Rachel
When things are on my mind
She is patient, she is kind

I send letters to Rachel
To get things off my chest
She knows better, she knows best

She's older than me
Maybe she can teach me something new
We walked by the sea
Maybe we can start on something new
I think I'd like to

I get letters from Rachel
I think she's feeling low
Just want to tell her that I know

I get letters from Rachel
Both had a rough time
I know her's, she knows mine

She's older than me
Maybe she can teach me something new
We talked by the sea
Maybe we can start on something new
I think she'd like to

I get letters from Rachel
Who knows where they'll lead
We'll just have to wait and sea

She's older than me
Maybe she can teach me something new
We walked by the sea
Maybe we can start on something new
We talked by the sea
Maybe she can teach me something new
We kissed by the sea
Maybe we can start on something new

Are we going to?
Track Name: Not Wait An Age
There's a ceiling that each idea hits
then it falls stone dead to stay idle instead

I've a feeling a marker has been crossed
that's waited too long now its time to move on

Want to send you a message just to let you know
This thing's for real, it's not for show
Someone's filling your head with things you don't need to know
It's time I set you straight girl

I just want to sit you down and wash away this sea of sadness
We really need to do this now not wait an age

Double meanings confuse me everyday
and I'm not quite sure what you're trying to say

Though your hearing you don't listen to the words
and what starts as fact ends up abstract

Want to send you a message just to let you know
This thing's for real, it's not for show
Someone's filling your head with things you don't need to know
It's time I set you straight girl

I just want to sit you down and wash away this sea of sadness
We really need to do this now not wait an age
Track Name: Outside Of An In-Joke
I find myself in a room of fools
And I don't really fit, I wonder what I'm doing
So I search around, look for an excuse to leave

They chat away but I don't hear I word
And then I'm struck down by a rising mirth
And whatever's just been said's gone over my head

I'm on the outside of an in-joke
I'm nodding my head but its just a token gesture
I don't get these jesters
I watch them falling, laughing, reeling
They're slapping my back but I can't disguise the feeling
I don't get the meaning

Laughter continues and I silently wait
For this to moment to pass, for my discomfort to abate
But then the giggles get a second wind and off we go again

I'm on the outside of an in-joke
I'm nodding my head but its just a token gesture
I don't get these jesters
I watch them falling, laughing, reeling
They're slapping my back but I can't disguise the feeling
I don't get the meaning
Track Name: Exit Wound
Nothing's for certain, well that's for sure
But I stopped laughing when she slammed the door
I laughed no more

I tried to keep up with your ever changing heart
Pushing and pulling it tears me apart

Monday morning, a stranger's room
Christmas day in a hotel room
She's gone too soon

Now I'm not doing fine, I'm doing time
Trying to shake her from off my mind
There is no drink or pill that I ain't tried
Somewhere inside that I might hide

Nothing's for certain, well that's for sure
But I stopped laughing when she slammed the door
I laughed no more

Now I'm stuck here in this stranger's room
Feels like I'm living in a waiting room
If she comes back it will not be too soon
She's gone, and left me with an exit wound

I'll make you love me, make you miss me, make you want me all the time
Track Name: Signs Of Life
Recurring dream studied silent
Prevents much needed sleep
I watch the hours pass slowly by me
Attention starts to seep like December thaw

Rising pollen, burning iris
Sinus starts to itch
We're lying low so they don't find us
These idiots they rule like an errant child

Will the last one standing turn the lights out when we sink?
Give me, give me signs of life - perhaps a nod or just a twitch
When your time is coming it seldom happens as you think
So give me, give me signs of life cause I don't want to watch your dying kick

At this moment you can test my faith
At this moment you can test my shape

Will the last man standing turn the lights out when we sink?
Give me, give me signs of life - perhaps a nod or just a twitch
When your time is coming it seldom happens as you think
So give me, give me signs of life cause I don't want to watch your dying kick

At this moment you can test my faith
Acid moment you can stretch my shape
At this moment you can test my faith