FROM THE FORTHCOMING NEW RECORD DAY/NIGHT
FEATURING TWO SELF CONTAINED ALBUMS OUT NOVEMBER 5TH
Parcels, the acclaimed 5-piece pop/funk outfit have shared, “Theworstthing”– the latest new track and video to be released ahead of their latest album, Day/Night out on Because Music.
With “Theworstthing” Parcels continue to demonstrate their keen musicianship and stylistic range. Lauded for their infectious grooves and danceable hooks, “Theworstthing” shows their more reflective and melodic side, delivering a heady, satisfying track. The song was written and produced by the band, with notable mixing duties courtesy of James Ford and string arrangements by Owen Pallett, both of whom worked on the entire Day/Night project. Originating in the hands of keyboardist/guitarist Patrick Hetherington who also sings lead vocals on the track, “Theworstthing” evolved as the band came together to write and record new music during lockdown.
Parcels explain, “Patrick had this track written in the form of a beautifully lo-fi slow jam demo direct from his Berlin bedroom. We were later drawn to it when writing together in a rented house in the bush of Australia, where we spent all hours jamming out tracks and going deep into the music. It quickly became clear that this was an example of some of Pat’s finest songwriting to date and so the task then was to honor this as simply as possible. Despite the groove, there was a touch of country in there which we were excited to work with. The result sounds very true to Parcels while the song itself feels like pure and quintessential Pat.”
In the video for “Theworstthing,” the various band members and additional characters are seen in candid, straight ahead shots that feel like a therapy session. Directed by Carmen Crommelin, the confessional nature of the visuals complement the song’s lyrical sentiment, confronting feelings in all their magnitude. It’s about compassion, love, anger, disappointment, shame, hurt, and that wonderful release when all those emotions are allowed to be and acceptance can come in. Patrick’s words speak poetically and bravely, straight to the heart. The story is about resolution, for both the characters, but also, a bit for ourselves. The clip’s surprising ending makes light of the whole affair and sets the scene for the band’s next music video coming soon.
Anticipation for Parcels return to the live stage along with their new album is palpable. Special album release shows in select cities around the world this fall sold out in minutes, including the Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 19th, as well as gigs in London, Paris and Berlin. Their 2022 extensive U.S. tour (kicking off in February) has also already sold out in major cities including LA, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC among others. Their episode of Artists Den’s Live From My Den recently went live exclusively on Variety watch it HERE. Gucci has also embraced the band, dressing them for their music videos. I-D called Parcels and Gucci a “match made in heaven.” Read the story HERE.
Additional tracks unveiled from Day/Night ahead of album release include “Somethinggreater” “Comingback” and “Free.” Vast and cinematic in sound and layered lyrical themes, Day/Night channels western folk and classic pop, resulting in a new sound the band describes as “Cowboy Disco.” The record tackles opposing topics of identity vs anonymity, family vs independence, belonging vs isolation and nostalgia vs projection; the self and the shadow self. The album is cyclical – a perfect loop from end to its start – echoing the albums’ theme of inner and outer self and the constant turning of the natural world.
Critics have unanimously embraced the new music, with Consequence of Sound saying, “Parcels haven’t ditched the Nile Rogers-influenced strut that made their previous material so irresistible…but they’re adding more character and more freedom to their sound,” while FLOOD called the new music “infectious” and Paste raved, “Parcels have the extremely rare talent of writing music that moves and grooves with ecstatic energy throughout every beat.”
Parcels are: guitarist Jules Crommelin, keyboardist Louie Swain, keyboardist/guitarist Patrick Hetherington, bassist Noah Hill, and drummer Anatole ‘Toto’ Serret. To date they’ve amassed over 400 million streams, 200,000 album sales worldwide, cross-continental tours, shows with French royalty Phoenix and Air, and a debut single that was produced by none other than Daft Punk.
PARCELS In Concert
11.2.21 (UK) London, United Kingdom Islington Assembly Hall
11.5.21 (FR) Paris, France La Cigale
11.6.21 (GER) Berlin, Germany Metropol
11.19.21 (US) Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
2022 North American Tour
2.27.2022 (CAN) Vancouver, Commodore Ballroom
2.28.2022 (US) Portland, Roseland Theater
3.01.2022 (US) Seattle, The Showbox
3.03.2022 (US) San Francisco, CA, The Fox Theater
3.04.2022 (US) Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Palladium
3.05.2022 (US) Phoenix, AZ, M3F Festival 2022
3.08.2022 (US) Las Vegas, NV, Brooklyn Bowl
3.10.2022 (US) Salt Lake City, UT, The Depot
3.11.2022 (US) Denver, CO, Gothic Theatre
3.13.2022 (US) Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue
3.14.2022 (US) Chicago, IL, Metro
3.15.2022 (US) Detroit, MI, The Majestic Theatre
3.17.2022 (CAN) Toronto, ON, The Phoenix Concert Theatre
3.18.2022 (CAN) Montreal, QC, MTelus
3.19.2022 (US) Boston, MA, Royale Boston
3.22.2022 (US) New York, NY, Brooklyn Steel
3.23.2022 (US) New York, NY, Brooklyn Steel
3.25.2022 (US) Philadelphia, Theatre Of Living Arts
3.26.2022 (US) Washington, DC, 9:30 Club
3.28.2022 (US) Asheville, NC, The Orange Peel
3.29.2022 (US) Nashville, TN, Brooklyn Bowl Nashville
3.30.2022 (US) Atlanta, GA, Variety Playhouse
4.01.2022 (MX) Mexico City, Blackberry