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Parallel Play / Press

“This band knows how to have fun and they ain’t about to apologize for the way they do it.”

“There are moments when it seems Parallel Play is about to careen right off the rails, so full of vigor that its songs just gleefully explode. The Dallas-based folk foursome — Jeremy Drake, Jason Miears, Erin Gayden and Pappy McCall — doesn’t skimp on energy throughout its cheekily titled sophomore record, Take Your Pants Off. Such frantic enthusiasm occasionally obscures the smart lyrics ( She Smiles Upside Down is a particularly sharp take on domestic dramas), but the instrumental hurly-burly is also impossible to ignore with anything but a big grin. Throw in the folked-up cover of Gin Blossoms’ Found Out About You you never knew you wanted, and Take Your Pants Off caps its silly seduction with a flourish.”

“Take Your Pants Off lives up to its name, delivering jovial tunes that would make for a great companion on a sunny patio.”

“By the time the listener gets to the final track “Single File Line,” they feel like they have arrived at a fitting end to a cohesive, dynamic, and genuine piece of art”

“The most energetic of those was clearly Parallel Play. The alt-folk foursome of Jeremy Drake, Erin Gayden, Jason Miears and Pappy McCall took to the main stage for a rambunctious set of folk filtered through grungy rock. They played cuts from 2011′s The Floor’s Made of Lava! including “Racket” and “Annul” that crackled and pop thanks to Miears’ fiery banjo, Gayden’s thumping bass and McCall’s pounding drums. Drake on the microphone was pure manic entertainment”

“Crowds instantly connected with their friendly tunes, stomping their feet, and creating merry dance circles throughout the room.”

“Are you in need of a homespun pick-me-up? Listening to The Floor's Made of Lava! is like swigging a super-protein smoothie shot.”

“Fun loving and goofy, Parallel Play hit the ground running with their breakneck folk style on the Main Stage. Almost every song started and ended with vigor — leaving little time for lead singer Jeremy Drake to catch his breath. His happy-go-lucky approach is their signature; the stomping, shouting verses could make an entirely new genre deemed polka-folk. Beginning with the opening number, the sprightly crowd sang along, making the show more like a house party than a dimly lit set at the Prophet Bar”

“The harmonizing between the three is impeccable”

“Whether singing about twirlin' a partner on the dance floor or, well, zombies, each track is just as enigmatic and toe-tappin' and foot-stompin' as the last.”

“Parallel Play has what it takes talent wise to make some noise.”

“More fun is always a good thing, and new band Parallel Play should bring a smile to the stiffest of upper lips.”

“The songs are catchy, the music is fun and the band sounds like it’s enjoying the hell out of playing originals and a couple of well-chosen covers”

“Infectious stuff that is quite different to most of the music currently being churned out.”

“With every pluck of the strings and slap of the snare Parallel Play hypnotized the club.”

“It was a ton of fun watching these guys dancing and rocking across the stage”

“With their debut release "The Floor's Made Of Lava!" Dallas' Parallel Play make their mark with their own brand of Folk music.”

“If you listen closely, you’ll be taken on a lyrical journey that spans the spectrum of your whole folkin’ life.”

“Parallel Play wants you to stand on the tracks, if you dare!”

“Energy and charm that go above and beyond the works of most typical string bands.”

“This project has very much played with my brain over the past few days.”

“Der sehr urwüchsige und individuelle Stil liefert ein willkommenes Alleinstellungsmerkmal.”

“Het is allemaal wat minimalistisch en basic maar net daardoor is het effect dat deze vorm van lawaai voor mij hoogst aangenaam en vermakend klinkt.”