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.
released August 10, 2012
All tracks written by Dermot Walsh and Neil Walsh
Album produced by Dermot Walsh
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