The members of Parallel Play grew up as alternative music driven individuals but have now found themselves invading the folk genre. Still, their "alternative" roots are represented in full musically and in spirit. Their critically acclaimed album, The Floor's Made of Lava!, includes folk renditions of alternative favorites like Green Day's "Pulling Teeth" and The Cranberries "Linger".
Jeremy Drake, Parallel Play's lyricist, starts his songwriting with a 60's pop mentality. Then he weaves in a nice grunge layer by dragging the songs into a mosh pit and stomping them to death. Insert a toe-tapping riff, counter-melodies and other inspirations, not to over-complicate but to create a genuine, honest sound. The songs dynamicly rise from ample amounts harmonious vocals and a lively backbeat. Add banjo then bake! Mmmm, folky!
These ingredients and influences also fuel their high-octane performance. No matter the beats per minute, Erin Gayden (upright) and Pappy McCall (percussion) drive each song straight to the feet of the crowd causing outbursts of stomping and dancing. While Jeremy Drake's thrashing of his 5-string guitar and Jason Miears' banjo picking can rev up the audience into a headbanging frenzy. It's a sweat covered stage from physical and emotional exertion and it's part of the PP guarantee.