INTERVIEW: Before Last Night | Parades

This week it is the sparkling sounds of Parades that head up Purple Sneakers’ Last Night down at The Gaelic. They’ll be launching their new single Water Stories and alongside them you can catch the usual indie DJs plus Little Scout down the highway from Brissy. Parades are doing big things and garnering a bunch of good press for their forward thinking indie sound. We chatted to them ahead of the Last Night


Do any of you have any pre-gig rituals? Plenty of pacing, nervous laughter, and usually a vocal warm up somewhere in there that we don’t take seriously enough. Being a collective mess is our pre-gig ritual.

What do you personally bring to the sound of your band? There’s my guitar for a start, and the effects pedals that cover up all of my flaws! It’s always such a vague and agonizing process when it comes to creating a sound, and sometimes I wish it were as simple as each person bringing something specific to the table like a picnic.

In 12 months time, what do you hope to have achieved musically? Definitely having a second album to our name. That’s all we’re working towards at this point, and it’s been a vague and agonizing process so far.

If you could curate Last Night, who would be your dream line-up? The Drones, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Tom Green.

The last song you wrote, what is it about? It’s about Dinosaurs, but I don’t think we’ll be releasing it as Parades.

Recording/Touring – if you had to choose one which would it be? At the moment I’m definitely in favour of touring, because the longer I stay in one place the more my various responsibilities and debts come creeping. It’s good to be away from those things for while.

Which Australian artist/band is setting the standard at the moment? When I heard the Seekae album teaser recently I nearly died, so I’m quite sure they’re about to set a huge standard in this country.

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