If you’re a fan of alternative rock, then you must get to know Johannesburg, South Africa’s The Parlotones. This spectacular quartet have been an essential band in my alternative collection for years. Being a band since 1998 (see, I told you it was years), I was honoured to speak with The Parlotones’ lead vocalist Kahn Morbee about a new album, music videos, creating traffic jams, and how creativity has no zip code!
AMBY: Hello The Parlotones, thanks for speaking to AMBY! What’s the band been up to lately?
The Parlotones: This year has mostly been about writing songs towards our new album. We also spent the last 2 months recording the album which will be titled ‘Stand like Giants’
AMBY: Which three songs are the quintessential The Parlotones?
The Parlotones: Wow that’s a tough one, probably Life Design, Giant Mistake, Push Me To The Floor.
AMBY: Your last record Journey Through the Shadows was released back in May of last year. What are your thoughts on the record now that there’s been time to reflect on it?
The Parlotones: We all loved the album, our manager didn’t he called it ‘Journey through the toilet’ haha, but I guess it’s difficult for us to be objective because we’re so involved in creating it.
AMBY: The video for Shake It Up is dramatic and lively. What was the best moment you had while recording the video?
The Parlotones: The whole concept was pretty cool, we drove through the middle of Johannesburg at the middle of the night and got a whole stack of fans to follow us, 100’s came out and created a traffic jam which was pretty cool.
AMBY: What’s the story behind your great track Start A Fire?
The Parlotones: It’s kind of a revolutionary song about affecting change, not being pedestrian and complacent to societies’ and our rulers woes.
AMBY: Has being in Los Angeles enhanced your creativity compared to being in Johannesburg?
The Parlotones: I don’t think creativity has a zip code, every day, every moment brings inspiration regardless of the context. It has afforded us a lot more time to rehearse because we’re all living in the same house which has been good for the band.
AMBY: The Parlotones have been feeding us incredible music since 2003, and you’ve been a band since 1998. What have been some of the band’s highlights?
The Parlotones: The soccer world cup event, the fact that we have a career in music, touring internationally, waking up everyday doing what we love.
AMBY: If you could create a law that everyone would have to follow, what would it be?
The Parlotones: Tolerance, acceptance and if I could find a cure for greed I think we’d have no problems in the world.
AMBY: What’s the best song of 2013?
The Parlotones: Shake it up :-) just kidding! Black Chandelier by a band called Biffy Clyro.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about The Parlotones that nobody knows yet?
The Parlotones: We’re all aliens :-)
Thank you The Parlotones, for giving us your answers!