What’s left for a local band with 4 successful studio albums, a string of SAMA/MK Awards and the biggest fan base any SA band has ever seen? Well, quite simply, to conquer the world.
The Parlotones have come a long way since the release of their debut album Radio Controlled Robot and that includes reaching the highest peak in Africa, literally and figuratively. From humble beginnings in small music venues to sharing a stage with the likes of Coldplay, Kings of Leon and Snow Patrol, the time has come for SA to bid farewell. Come January (according toYOU magazine), The Parlotones are set to make home on U.S. soil – LA to be more specific.
In all honesty, I’m surprised that this natural progression hasn’t happened sooner. There’s only so much one band can achieve in SA, and The Parlotones have already proved their worth. If ever there was a band capable of making the world take note of the music potential this country has to offer, this is it. Armed with a live act so tightly polished, having obtained multi-platinum selling status, made history with the production of Dragonflies and Astronauts which was broadcast live around the world in 3D and the ability to continuously produce music of international quality – it was only a matter of time really.
Leaving behind a trail of heart broken fans and an earnest work ethic many a South African artist should aspire to, I predict these guys will be the most successful SA act to take on America. In the words of Kahn Morbee ‘Goodbyes Are Never Easy’ but I’m sure that their giant leap of faith will reap phenomenal rewards. We wish them well and every success for this next stage of their musical journey.
One step for The Parlotones, one giant leap for SA music.