Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Parlour Flames

Parlour FlamesParlour Flames’ self-titled debut record is filled with a collection of wonderfully well-crafted, eclectic songs. Duo Bonehead [aka Paul Arthurs] and Vinny Peculiar [aka Alan Wilkes] have combined to bring their collective skills to another level and deliver on all expectations. With punchy guitars, clever lyrics, and psychedelic nuances sprinkled throughout the melodies on the album, it is quite an adventure for the listener.  With a plethora of questions in hand, AMBY spoke to Parlour Flames about eating cakes, Breaking Bad, and 1967 the Summer of Love.

AMBY: Hello Parlour Flames! Thanks for having a chat with AMBY, what have you been up to lately?

Parlour Flames: We’ve been out and about playing shows, eating cakes, driving late at night, fixing guitars, cheering on our teams…

AMBY: You are about to release your self titled debut album Parlour Flames. Which tracks are your favourites?

Parlour Flames:  I had a listening break after we finished the album, I just listened to ‘I’m in a Band’ for the first time in ages yesterday and it sounded great. Jump the Brook Ruth also continues to bring a smile to my face, the evil little boy lines especially. If you’re reading this Ruth please forgive me…

AMBY: What was a highlight while making the record?

Parlour Flames:  We were recording in a home studio without external time pressures, that was a big help, working with some great musicians too is always inspiring – our engineer bought new cakes in daily, now we’re hooked on donuts…

AMBY: What’s the story behind your lovely song Pop Music Football & Girls?

Parlour Flames: It’s just an everyday story of joy, pain, love, hurt and struggle. It’s all the things your grandma warned you about and for good reason. We’ve shot a couple of videos for it, one stars young love and innocence, the other was filmed at Villa Park…

AMBY: Where would you go in a time machine?

Parlour Flames: San Francisco 1967 Summer of Love…I’m a human be-in type of guy…

AMBY: What is the best best piece of advice you have been given regarding the music industry?

Parlour Flames: Don’t take it too seriously, take the music seriously, not the industry…

AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to you at a gig?

Parlour Flames: Someone tried to sell me a snake after a gig once, it wasn’t funny at the time but looking back now it seems absurd, I’ve never seen a dressing room empty so fast

AMBY: What do you do outside of music for fun?

Parlour Flames: I watch back to back episodes of Breaking Bad & Nurse Jackie

AMBY: What song could you live without ever hearing again?

Parlour Flames: Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree is pretty loathsome…

AMBY: What has you excited for the rest of 2013?

Parlour Flames: We are looking forward to playing festivals, getting out and about and meeting people. There’s also the second album which we start recording in the summer. I’m also looking forward to seeing Nick Cave at Glastonbury, love his new album…

AMBY: If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

Parlour Flames: The opening hours of our local chippy, its never open when you need it to be…

AMBY: And last but never least, what’s something about Parlour Flames that nobody knows?

Parlour Flames: The women in our lives are Yoga Teachers and the combined ages of the band is 278.


Thank you Parlour Flames, for giving us your answers!

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