We Are Parkas are a band that I came across some time ago now, by chance but very warmly welcomed. So with their debut EP being a favourite on my Spotify for the past couple of weeks I think it was definitely time to share. An infectious indie rock band from Bath, the four piece have been playing all over this year and were recently confirmed for HoyFest in Cardiff on 30 September.
Think mid 00’s indie-golden era. There is a definite influence from likes of The Fratellis and Razorlight in these tunes, with the title track ‘We Are Gods’ sounding very Two Door Cinema Club to me at the start. However don’t let that take away from the exceptional songwriting in this record, with the lead singer’s outstanding voice making it all sound completely original.
‘Swallow Me Whole’, which you can listen to in the above video, is my personal favourite. Their most confident track in my opinion, with guitar rifts that bring things back to basics, building to a powerful chorus that you can easily imagine being belted out at the biggest festivals. I haven’t seen the boys live yet but can imagine them swaggering around stage with this in the background. It is one of those that has the potential to turn even the most boring of punters into a screaming fan girl running to the front of a crowd. Definitely their most grown-up track, which is a bit of me, and secures their place on a lot of my playlists.
I think ‘Sorry Darling’ definitely deserves a mention too. Broadcasting their most impressive set of lyrics on an effortless chill out tune – a nice foil alongside the rest of the EP’s crescendo. It is always welcome when a band can take a step back as well as belt out a few mosh pit makers because there is a difference between being a good band and a good musician. These lads seem to know how to do both.
So We Are Parkas have made their way onto my lookout list and I want to know the next time they step into my neck of the woods. Looking forward to finding out if they can impress just as much live as they can through the headphones.