When The Parlotones met in 1998 in Roodepoort, Johannesburg, little did they know that they would go on to write one of the greatest Rock ‘n Roll stories South Africa had ever seen. Their hard working, humble attitude, dedication and commitment to their music has seen them enjoy a career that has spanned over 15 years, achieved multi-platinum selling status and accumulated numerous awards.
In 2003, The Parlotones self-released their first album, the raw Indie tinged ‘Episoda’, an album which quickly compared their sound to bands like The Smiths and Coldplay. This Indie sound was the first of its kind in South Africa and quickly labelled The Parlotones as one of the freshest sounding bands on the scene, paving the way for the album which would cement their success and catapult them to the stars they are today.
Their debut studio album ‘RadioControlledRobot’ spawned the hits ‘Here Comes the Man’, ‘Colourful,’ ‘Dragonflies & Astronauts’, ‘Beautiful’ and ‘Overexposed’. The Single ‘Beautiful’ was used in the Irish FujiFilm Ad, which exposed the band to their first International audience and secured them a worldwide licensing deal with the International division of Universal Music, covering the territories of France, Japan, Germany, Holland, Northern Ireland and the UK.
The Parlotones are consistently known for their ground-breaking attitude and genre crunching attention given to their music videos, making them leaders in visual audio expression and winning them a multitude of awards. Their first major music video release for ‘Dragonflies & Astronauts’ went on to win an award for ‘Best Music Video’ at the MK Awards .
During the release of ‘Journey through The Shadows’, The Parlotones spent a year touring abroad in the US and their homeland, spreading their musical message. In 2013, The Parlotones released their fourth studio album ‘Stand like Giants’ on Virgin Atlantic flight VS602 from Johannesburg to London. Long standing friends of Sir Richard Branson, this was the world’s first ‘on board’ album launch. The album included the critically acclaimed single ‘Sleepwalker’ featuring S.A Hip Hop star Khuli Chana.
In 2015, The Parlotones released their first Independent album ‘Antiques and Artefacts’ and embarked on nationwide tours to promote the album. With the band’s usual welcoming energy and style, ‘Antiques & Artefacts’ will now take this quartet of friends on an altogether new journey.
Catch The Parlotones Live in Ballito in the third of the Marriott Ballito Beats concert series on Sunday afternoon 17th September at Sugar Rush Park.
Tickets are available at www.webtickets.co.za or at any Pick n Pay ticket counter.
We’ll see you there!