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Bill Parton Trio are William Parton (Vocals & Piano), Jeremy Martin (Bass) and Andrew Partington (Drums). The band hails from the city of Adelaide, South Australia. While there is no clear box to define the trio’s unique genre and sound, the lads classify their music as ‘Piano Pop-Rock’. To paint a picture, try and imagine the simplicity and catchiness of The Beatles, combined with Coldplay-like chords and melodies, the impressionism of Jeff Buckley and Radio Head, along with a dash of the relaxed chilled-out mood and atmosphere that Zero 7 are notorious for being able to create.
The trio are very proud to have released their self titled debut EP on Friday 2nd August 2013. The EP follows the successful release of singles ‘Going Away’ and ‘Falling For You Again’ which are featured on the EP. ‘Going Away’ debuted at No.10 on Amrap AirIt’s Great Southern Charts, qualified as a semi finalist in the 2013 Unsigned Only Global Songwriting Competition and spent six weeks in the Westsidewill.com Unsigned Artist Top Ten. ‘Falling For You Again’ was featured on Home Brew Radio, made the Three D Radio Top 20+1 and won best new track in Sonya Feldhoff’s ‘new music’ competition on 891 ABC Adelaide. The video clips for both singles have been nominated as finalists for the 2013 MusicOz Awards and between the two of them have accumulated over 95,000 YouTube views! The EP itself since being released has received incredibly generous amounts of community radio and street press support, has been playlisted nationally on ABC stations and charted as high has No.8 (so far) on the Three D Radio Top 20+1.
Following in the footsteps of many other great established bands and artists, the trio started off by paying their dues performing on the local circuit in order to hone their craft and make some cash. They boast a current performance tally of over 1000 shows, appearing at over 250 different venues! Besides the usual gigs at Pubs, Clubs, Bars and Wineries, over the years Bill Parton Trio have found themselves regularly engaged to perform at Private Functions such as Conferences, Gala Dinners, Balls, Cocktail Nights, Corporate Events, Birthday Parties, Product Launches, Festivals and MANY (WAY TOO MANY) Weddings!!!
The band’s extensive festival record includes ‘Music In The Gardens’, ‘Sea & Vines’, ‘Cellar Door Sessions’, ‘Copper Cove Marina’, ‘NATUZZI’, ‘A Day On The Grass’, ‘Whitmore Square Arts Fair’, ‘Crush Festival’, ‘Hoot!’ and many more! The band has also made an appearance at the 2010 EMERGENZA World Band Competition and also qualified to the finals of the 2010 AACA National University Band Campus Competition.
The EP was recorded at Chapel Lane Studios (Adelaide) with the help of Producer Darren Mullan (The Angels, The Beards, John Swan, Russell Morris), Recording Engineer Adam Rhodes (Angus & Julia Stone, The Cat Empire, Paul Kelly, Missy Higgins), Assistant Engineer Gabriel Agostino (Lowrider, Sundance Kids, Hilltop Hoods) and was mastered at Disk-Edits Pty Ltd (Adelaide) by Neville Clark (Hilltop Hoods, Peter Combe, Levitators, Funkoars). Overseeing the A&R side of things was Matt O’Connor (Beautiful Girls, The Whitlams, Thirsty Merc).
Frontman William Parton explains… “‘The EP is the product of a heap of time, money, thought and effort. It represents common themes, simple chord progressions, catchy lyrics and tasteful melodies. We’re very proud of it and can’t wait to share it with everyone!”
To celebrate the release of the record, Bill Parton Trio hit the road to embark on a 10x show Australian national tour with Melbourne band Artist Proof and Sydney soloist Nathan Leigh Jones throughout August – September 2013. The tour provided a platform for the trio to put their dynamic, flawless and epic ‘stadium-esk’ live show on display in front of the nation. After both ‘wow-ing’ and gracing the audiences across the country with their tunes, it comes as no surprise that tour was a huge success.
Bill Parton Trio’s debut EP is available for purchase online via iTunes + all other major online digital music retailers as well as selected stores. The record is an absolute must listen for anyone who’s remotely a fan of: Coldplay, The Beatles, Keane, The Fray and Thirteen Senses.
“The find of the year” – Richard Margetson (ABC)
“Bill Parton Trio offer haunting melodies, well thought out lyrics and huge potential to be the next big thing worldwide” – Emma Walker (Love Music Magazine)
“Undeniably charismatic…stadium-standard piano pop rock” – Stephanie Liew (Inpress Magazine)
“Full of heart, full of meaning, drenched with charisma and damn catchy.” – Renee Jones (themusic.com.au)
"It would be easy to liken Bill Parton Trio to Ben Folds Five although the trio’s work is just as impressive. Intelligently-crafted, piano-based pop is very much the order of the day on what is a very mature release.” – Robert Dunstan (Music SA)
“Incredibly catchy” – Ryan Winter (Radio Adelaide)
"A decent body of work...a great voice and chemistry with the band." – Mark Holland (EMI)