Andrew Parker-Renga (APR)

Andrew Parker-Renga (APR)

 Medford, Massachusetts, USA
BandFolkAcoustic

Andrew is blessed with a beautiful voice. He can hold audiences of every generation with his coming-of-age songs about real life, love, memories, and fun. With two exciting shows, one looping one just vox/guitar, he can fit any venue from a coffee shop to a theatre to a bar to a private party.

Biography

Andrew Parker-Renga (APR)’s music is a blend of 90s alternative, Counting Crows/Pearl Jam/Dave Matthews Band and contemporary singer/songwriters like Damien Rice and Ryan Adams. He has been on two national tours and performs over 50 shows a year primarily in the New England area.

Accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, his performances are interactive, recording grooves he beat-boxes on the fly and layering parts on top of it. Listeners are always surprised to see one man on stage and hear a wall of sound. He can, also, command an audience with his just his voice and guitar.

Andrew currently lives in Medford, Massachusetts where he is working on his next album Issue 5 to be released in 2012.

About Issue 4: Portraits

With the release of his latest record, Issue 4: Portraits, Andrew Parker-Renga (APR) has created a “finely honed, artistically savvy collection,” -Dan Bolles, Seven Days. The record is a huge step both artistically and creatively from his last, Issue 3: Emily, focusing on his vocal delivery and melody.

Each track is a snapshot of Andrew’s “considerable talents” as a singer ranging from lush quiet tones, on Portrait, to heavenly falsetto, Sun, to gut wrenching growl, Drawing Dead, to touching, Twenty-Five. As Dan Bolles writes in his review of Portraits: “(Portraits) should propel the singer into the upper echelon of local songwriting talent.”

Rooms Played

Illinois
The Elbo Room – Chicago
Uncommon Ground – Chicago

Indiana
The Abbey – Indianapolis
Birdy’s – Indianapolis
Lazy Days – Indianapolis

Massachusetts
Big City – Allston
Great Scott’s – Allston
Harper’s Ferry – Allston
Café 57 – Ashburnham
Bill’s Bar – Boston
The Bullfinch Yacht Club – Boston
Kennedy’s Midtown Grill – Boston
The Sweetwater Cafe – Boston
The Times – Boston
The Rack – Boston
Washington Street Music Festival – Brookline
All Asia Cafe – Cambridge
Toad – Cambridge
TT the Bears – Cambridge
The Compound- Fitchburg
Fitchburg State College – Fitchburg
Gardner Ale House – Gardner
William’s Restaurant – Gardner
The Milky Way – Jamaica Plain
The Gulu Gulu Cafe – Lynn
Muse – Nantucket
Lincoln Street Coffee House – Newton
Perks Coffee – Norwood
The Red Onion – Otter River
Marina Bay Beach Club – Quincy
Mocha Maya’s – Shelburne Falls
Johnny D’s – Somerville
The Sky Bar – Somerville
Java Hut – Worchester
Tammany Hall – Worchester
McNally’s – Westminster

New York
Hoffman Lane Bistro – Cooperstown
CBGBs – New York City
Kenny’s Castaways – New York City
The Lucky Cat – New York City
Rockwood Music Hall – New York City
Pete’s Candy Store – Williamsburg-Brooklyn-NYC
Lovin’ Cup – Rochester
Funk N Waffles – Syracuse

Ohio
Howard’s Club H – Bowling Greene
Rhos Street Café – Cincinnati
Travonna Coffee – Columbus

Pennsylvania
Grape Room - Philadelphia
Bloomfield Bridge Tavern – Pittsburgh
Milk Boy – Bryn Mawr (Philly)

Virginia
Private Party – Blacksburg

Vermont
Tamarak Grill – Burke Mountain
1/2 Lounge – Burlington
Acoustic Lounge (Parima) – Burlington
City Hall for Jazz Fest – Burlington
Nectars – Burlington
Red Square – Burlington
The Radio Bean – Burlington
The Skinny Pancake – Burlington
Speaking Volumes – Burlington
Night Crawlers – Colchester
The Lincoln Inn – Essex Junction
Johnson State College – Johnson
The Hub – Johnson
Manchester Bar and Grill – Manchester
Mulligans – Manchester
The Perfect Wife – Manchester
Pink’s Alley – Manchester
The Langdon Street Cafe – Montpelier
The Bee’s Knees – Morrisville
Shelburne Steak House – Shelburne
Club Karib – St. Albans
Higher Ground – South Burlington
Marsala Salsa – Waterbury
Monkey House – Winooski

West Virginia
The Purple Fiddle – Thomas

Wisconsin
Java Cat – Madison
The Frequency – Madison
Cafe Centraal – Milwaukee
Up and Under – Milwaukee
North Branch Music Festival – Wabeno

Lyrics

Portrait

Written By: Andrew Parker-Renga

Portrait of man, dark and scared
Portrait of girl, bright and still
Portrait of life, perfect and whole
Portrait of death, date unknown

Years, long, long years
Years to live, live as one

It seems unfair to think,
You know what the road will show and
Forget the advice,
Listen to hearts so ripe and live a patient life.

Portrait of boy, eager and annoyed
Portrait of woman, organized and certain
Portrait of house, somewhere off the coast of Maine
Portrait of an apartment, real and plain

Years, long, long years
Years to live, live as one

Always keep the moment
Take every second with thanks
Watch the world change and
Grow with it and live a patient life

Movie Star to Someone

Written By: Andrew Parker-Renga

Another story ends
The closest I have come to being complete
Impossible to think it didn’t last forever
How could she leave?

I sailed across her oceans
Climbed her highest mountains and fought in her name
Listened every time her skies came crashing down
And never complained.

Am I not a pillow to dream on?
Am I not a wishing well?
Always thought, I’d be movie star to someone
But life is not, a fairy tale

The hero never wins
Years of living stories have proven this true
Hollywood has sold me lies I’d get the girl
Well, I just get used.

Maybe I’m not special?
I’m probably naïve and the jokes on me?
Well, born and raised lover, I must keep on writing
Because I believe in true love

Am I not a pillow to dream on?
Am I not a wishing well?
Always thought, I’d be movie star to someone
But life is not, a fairy tale

Drawing Dead

Written By: Andrew Parker-Renga

Nervous as a father cocky as a son
A hundred dollar bill on the table my game is 21
Swing like a seesaw back and forth my conscious prays
For the next time that I get I will walk away, from here

Oh, stop everyone I am drawing dead and
I can’t stop myself
I need to slow down and wake up because
I’m digging my own grave
With every card I take is the deeper and the deeper I get
I’m drawing dead

Whisky on the rocks chase with Jack and Coke
I can’t drink them fast enough to erase the fact your gone
So, I smoke another cigarette anything for luck
But I know the only way to beat the house is to never sit down

Oh, stop everyone I am drawing dead and
I can’t stop myself
I need to slow down and wake up because
I’m digging my own grave
With every card I take is the deeper and the deeper I get
I’m drawing dead

It’s all because of you
That I try and I try and I try to buy my happiness
Just like you the cards I can’t predict
One minute you’re here and the next one you’re gone and
I don’t know what to believe

Oh, stop everyone I am drawing dead and
I can’t stop myself
I need to slow down and wake up because
I’m digging my own grave
With every card I take is the deeper and the deeper I get
I’m drawing dead

Discography

Issue 1: Thomas and the Man in the Chair (2006)
Issue 2: The Decision (2007-Never released)
Issue 3: Emily (2009)
Issue 4: Portraits (2010)
Live at Nectar's 10.01.11

Set List

I can play for up to 3hrs

-Originals-

Orbits and Space
Waiting on the Good Lord
Movie Star to Someone
Overdrive
When You're There and When I'm Not
Marry Me Darling
The Apprehensive Carpenter
Undone
Portrait
Drawing Dead
Sun
Rain Away
Where the Sun Rules Rain
After 7 Years
Stop Tune Hear
Nexus
Say Goodnight
Emily
Gracefully
Billy Pilgrim
JonBoy
Mothers and Fathers
The Work Song
19 Going on 33
Tuscany Girl
I Hope Somebody's Watchn' Me
Countn' Down the Hours
Daylight
Twenty-Two (Am I Wrong?)
Twenty-Three (Hey Love)
Twenty-Five
Twenty-Six (Untitled)
Twenty-Seven
I Didn't See the Line
Back Kisses
The Tide

Plus many more...

-Covers-

Music from every generation - Some excerpts

Heartbeats (Jose via the Knife)
Orange Sky (Alexi Murdoch)
Heart of Gold (Neil Young)
Viva La Vida (Coldplay)
Bad (U2)
Stand Bye Me (King, Leiber, and Stoller)
Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash)
Mr. Brightside (The Killers)
Hey Jude (The Beatles)
Plush (Stone