[tweetmeme]Oh wow wow, just WOW. These guys are so much fun! In fact, I love them so much that I couldn’t wait until their June release date to share their awesome music with you.
Morning Parade formed in Essex, England after short stints working individually with other bands. Their self-titled debut record was released to the UK this week and it’ll be hitting the good ole US of A on June 19. Though I’m not a charming Brit, I got my hands on a stream of the record and I must say – these guys are fantastic! The album is solid…so solid that if I hadn’t known this was their debut album, I would think they had been in the business for years.
I’m really excited to share Morning Parade with you, check out the video below and the band’s website – it’ll have to tie you over until June. Don’t worry, I’ll remind you about this one! Check out my Q&A with the band below:
How’d you guys meet?
Phil (bass) and I met at school when we were 11, we used to jam Muse covers at school. I met Chad at college when I was 16 and Ben and Andy were in bands in the local music scene.
What inspired the songs on this record?
Life’s journey and lessons and trying to understand what the hell any of it means.
How long had you been collecting songs before you went into the studio?
We had a few songs before we went in but we wrote this album across the last 18 months, recording them as they were finished.
Is there anything that you’ve learned from the process of recording your debut in terms of things you definitely want to try next time or things you definitely don’t want to do next time?
I think the sessions we enjoyed the most were the ones where we didn’t have any sort of plan, we did everything off the cuff. It’s great to have a strong vision for the song but its nice to be open minded when it comes to choices for sounds.
What was your initial approach to recording this album? Did you have an idea of what you wanted it to sound like when you went in?
We’d never made a record before, just a few demos – when we started out we just recorded the songs as we played them live. The further we got into the album the more our approach changed. I don’t think we really knew, we had to learn on the job.
What are you guys learning about yourselves now that your consistently touring and spending so much time together?
I think more than ever we know what we want, what we expect of each other and also what we expect of the people around us.
What are 3 albums that you can’t live without?
Radiohead – OK Computer
Jeff Buckley – Grace
Biffy Clyro – Vertigo of bliss
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Don’t accept sweets from strangers.
What do you hope people take away from your music? Anything else you’d like to add?
Its not something I’ve thought about til recently – I hope people can add their memories to our songs and I’d like to think it might help people to feel a little more comfortable in their own skin.
Check out Morning Parade’s album preview (part 1):
What they’re into: