Listen to Parcels and be transported back to the 70s. With their synths, funk influence and nostalgic melodies, Parcels are bringing disco back and we are loving it.
How did the band come together?
For years in Australia we all knew one another. We had played in a bunch of bands together since we were 13 or so. It naturally fell into this formation when we discovered The Funk, electronic music and production.
How would you describe your sound?
It’s a disco dance party on acid. Sometimes the trip makes you want to question yourself and everything else; sometimes you just want to get down.
Tell us about your new single MyEnemy.
That groove came from Jules’s bedroom back in Australia! Nearly 2 years ago, he sent us the basis after a fuzzy all-nighter involving strippers, cocaine and motorbikes. It all came together in Berlin where we worked it into shape, wrote the vocal fronting and rerecorded it together.
There is something so nostalgic and dreamy about your music – is that an important element of your work?
Yeah. The nostalgia comes from our influences and the classic feel. The dreaminess I guess stems from the self-production and electronic elements. Also our lyrics are never very clear – they make their point quite indirectly, dreamily.
How, as a band, did you arrive at this signature style?
We came from a wild array of backgrounds which gave us individual ideals. We then came together with a joint love for classic disco, funk, pop and nu electronic production and Parcels came out. But we’re ever-changing and still finding our pocket.
Who are your musical influences?
Chic, Bowie, Kraftwerk, Tribe, Dylan, Megadeth, Gorillaz, Chopin, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Beach Boys and Katy Perry.
You’re based in Berlin at the moment – has this affected your approach to music in any way?
Certainly. The electronic and techno scene inevitably hit us and we took on the driving feel immediately. We discovered Kraftwerk in all their subtle electro glory. And in winter, it’s too cold to leave the god damn flat, so we’re writing like crazy.
Berlin is such an amazing city – has it challenged or developed you creatively in any way?
It’s a super sweet city! We have at times also felt like it lacks the disco (in a live setting). But we’re gathering troops and launching an all out groove attack, starting with our secret dance parties.
What do you think of the London music scene?
We’ve played two shows in London. Both were club shows with dark dance vibe. The crowds have been eager thus far – can’t wait to bring party there again! (Parcels play Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen 07/10/16!)
You’re from Australia – how do European venues differ from Australian venues?
A venue is a venue is a venue. It’s all in the crowd! Two crowds are never the same – that’s what makes it exciting, trying to create and cultivate an energy in a new situation. So far, Europeans have been super attentive and ready to party.
What’s your favourite thing about playing live?
Its the only 45 minutes of our lives in which we actually know what we’re doing.
What’s been your most memorable live performance so far and why?
A couple of weeks back, we threw a secret Berlin party. It was low-key, down a back alley in a little room with a couple of other bands and 100 of our friends getting absolutely sweaty on the disco floor. Lately every gig has been super exciting though!
Are you working on an album?
We’re not prepared to talk album yet, but we have an EP on the way! Jan2017.
I love the 70s/slightly kitsch style of the band and it’s music – do you ever feel like you were born into the wrong generation?
Not really – we definitely idolise music of the past and recording in the 70s and 80s. But we also love what’s going on now in many ways, that’s where we find our blend and we wouldn’t rather be anywhere else!
What else we can we expect to see from you in the near future?
Better song writing, smoother production, a bolder live show, more visual exploration. We are so excited for loads of shows and more recording in 2017!