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Songs of Redemption: Parlour’s Journey Through Trauma and Musical Rebirth

Amidst the barren wasteland of our website, where silence reigned supreme and digital tumbleweeds rolled, the resilient soul of Parlour thrived, ever determined to overcome the depths of its traumatic past. In the shadowy corners of its existence, this band toiled tirelessly, forging new melodies that would defy the very essence of their struggles.

A snapshot frozen in time reveals the flickering embers of creative endeavor. It was December of 2019 when nine soul-stirring compositions were captured, their essence meticulously crafted within the hallowed walls of Earthwave Studio, under the watchful guidance of Zak Riles. A beacon of hope, this endeavor promised an album that would bear witness to their musical resurrection.

Yet, the cruel hand of fate intervened. The pandemic emerged from the shadows, casting a suffocating shroud over their ambitions. Life itself, with its relentless torrent of difficulties, added fuel to the fire, impeding their return to the studio and obstructing the completion of their opus. The path to redemption, once within their grasp, slipped through their fingers like ethereal wisps of smoke.

Then, on that fateful day, when the world’s gaze was fixed upon the spectacle of democracy, tragedy struck with a vengeance. November 2022 shall forever be etched in their hearts as the day they lost a dear friend, Brian Sweeney. In a cruel twist of fate, an automobile accident robbed them of his presence, leaving an indelible void in their collective soul. Brian, a master of keys, had expanded his repertoire, shouldering the weight of the bass, while Tim, a stalwart guardian, found solace in the embrace of the keyboards, breathing life into their newest creations.

Breck Pipes, the guitarist whose strings once resonated in harmony with their shared aspirations, had ventured down a divergent path. His departure, like the fading echoes of a forgotten melody, left them with no choice but to adapt. Sean Gardiner emerged from the shadows, his fingers now dancing along the bass strings, as the music transformed into a testament of their resilience. Four hearts beat as one, conjuring symphonies of defiance in the face of adversity.

The metamorphosis was inescapable. What once flourished as a quintet now stood reborn as a quartet, its identity forever altered by the tides of circumstance. The music, born from the crucible of pain and loss, bore the weight of their transformation. Each note carried the echoes of their struggles, interwoven with the resilience that coursed through their veins.

The road ahead remained uncertain, obscured by the mist of the unknown. Yet, undeterred, Parlour pressed onward, breathing life into their newfound sound. Their wounds, still raw, fueled their creativity, birthing an album that would transcend mere notes on a page. In the face of adversity, they summoned the strength to paint their pain with the brushstrokes of melody and harmony.

As the world stood unaware, this band emerged from the depths of their trauma, their voices rising like a phoenix from the ashes of despair. Though their website lay dormant, the reverberations of their resolute spirit would echo through the halls of time. Parlour, scarred yet unyielding, refused to be silenced, forging their legacy in the crucible of their darkest hours.

-Written by Chat GPT4 June 9, 2023


PrintI’m pleased to announce that our 5th studio album, self-titled “PARLOUR” will be available worldwide June 17th, 2016 on 12″ Vinyl, CD, and MP3 formats. You can PRE-ORDER at Temporary Residence Ltd’s website here.

In the interim, I present the first single, “FEMPIRE”.

Recorded March, 2015 at La La Land with Kevin Ratterman.

Many thanks to Phil Cooley for the beautiful cover photo, Thaniel Ion Lee for the interior illustration, and the Temporary Residence family for helping bring this to completion.

We will be having a album release show on June 18th, 2016 at the Zanzabar in Louisville. Our friends from Nashville, The Ascent of Everest will be joining us. See event on fb here.



October Update

Photo by Drew Smith
Photo by Drew Smith

Back in March and April of this year we recorded 9 tunes for the upcoming album at La La Land with Kevin Ratterman. The album will consist of 7 tunes on the vinyl edition and there will be two bonus digital only tracks. We are aiming for a Spring 2016 release on Temporary Residence, LTD.

As far as shows go, we are working on some dates in November. Stay tuned for update. Meanwhile, we are writing new material.




Donations for the late Jon Cook’s Son, Thurston

jon-thurston-2In order to facilitate donations to Jon’s son, Thurston, I’ve had Jon’s sister, Rhonda Alonso, create a Paypal account to accept donations for him in an easier manner. She has set up a trust fund for Thurston, now 7,  which will hopefully mature enough to aid him at age of 18 in covering costs of his secondary education.

State of the Union 2013

It’s been brought to my attention via a kind email that I’ve not added any new posts to this site since July 2012, so here it is in the form of bullet points!

  • Content for the forthcoming album is about 60% written. It is my goal to record sometime this Spring 2013!
  • Brian Sweeney (Lucky Pineapple, Another 7 Astronauts) has joined as keyboardist and we’re quite smiley about this. He’s so awesome it’s like getting 2 for 1!
  • Due to highway robbery, our lovely label, Temporary Residence, has pulled all it’s tunes from streaming services such as Spotify and Rhapsody, as they do not benefit the bands they stream at all. One would have to stream one Parlour song 157 times to equate the profit gained from the sale of 1 digital download of same tune. Hopefully a more artist-centric streaming service will come into existence in the near future. Meanwhile. I recommend purchasing directly from the label.
  • I invite all fans to “Like” Parlour on our facebook page. There’s a pretty dismal number of likes so far. Perhaps if it increases, we’d be able to secure a booking agent who could help us get out of town more often.
  • And while you’re at it…follow us on Twitter!

That’s all I have to share at the moment. Thank you for tuning in!


July 2012 News

Friday, July 20th at the Pilot Light in Knoxville, TN with Shedding and Dolphin Ryder

Saturday, July 21st at the 529 in Atlanta, GA with Shedding (Louisville), Old Baby (Louisville), Stallone (ex-Cavity/Torche) & Liverhearts. This show is being put on by Chunklet industries.
Facebook Event

Sunday, July 22nd at the High-Watt Club in Nashville, TN EARLY SHOW! with Shedding, Old Baby, The Ascent of Everest, & The Gold Room
Facebook Event

Thursday, July 26th at The Cathouse (747 S. Preston, Louisville, KY) with Sapat, Blues Control and Wet.
Facebook Event

June 2012 Update

Hello friends. Much has happened since I last posted. Our last show with Lee Gutterman on keys happened on Derby Day at the Mammoth, a fantastic new warehouse space. Since then, we’ve picked up Brian Sweeney, of Luck Pineapple/Another 7 Astronauts on keys.

We have a show booked at the Chestnut House on June 23rd with Karass and Noah Baker of Noise New York, but cops have been cracking down on the venue and they’ve been forced to cancel all shows this month. So…we are currently seeking an alternative venue.

July has Parlour leaving town for the weekend of July 20th-22nd. We’re bringing along, ex-guitarist, Connor Bell to treat us with some SHEDDING music.

  • Friday, July 20th at the Pilot Light in Knoxville, TN
  • Saturday, July 21st at the 529, in Atlanta Georgia. A Chunklet show featuring our friends Old Baby along with Stallone (ex-Cavity & Torche) & Liverhearts.
  • Sunday, July 22nd at the Hiwatt Club in Nashville, TN. We share the bill with the epic The Ascent of Everest, Gold Room, and hopefully Old Baby as well.