Katie Parker and The Elements

Katie Parker and The Elements

BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Classic guitar-driven riffs, strong lyrics and enthusiasm fused against a backdrop of modern commercial sensibility, stylistic awareness and good old melodic hook lines. Driven by the incredible vocal talent of Katie Parker.

Biography

Katie Parker & The Elements are a distinctive retro guitar-driven rock band. Fronted by the flexible and powerful voice of Cambridge Pyschology Student Katie Parker, they fuse old style riffs with edgy rhythm driven commercial rock. The band seek to explore different styles and maintain variety in their music whilst always producing the high energy and groove established as the Elements sound.

Katie Parker is The Elements' energetic and charismatic singer. Often likened to Janis Joplin or Gwen Staffani she is fiery, intelligent and never without an opinion. This 25 year-old singer-violinist-drummer propels the band forward with her potent voice, well honed melodies and boundless on-stage energy. She also writes and arranges most of the Elements music.

She's a lot better to look at than the rest of the band and is very partial to Staropramen lager.

Our most recent Element, Holly Cassar brings a classical keyboard feel, kind of Muse-ish and takes us in a really different direction. Holly is vibrant, inexhaustible and as mad as a bag of badgers.

Versatile and always positive, Martin 'Chatterbox' Pointon talks, drinks and drums a lot. Thankfully he can't do all three at the same time so Martin has gone down in history as the only person ever that people prefer when he's drumming, although he likes to believe it's his prodigious skill that makes the audience so happy.

His other talents include an obtuse sense of humour and the ability to utterly baffle Alex with his random musings.

Only 16 years old Alex 'The Kid' Challans is the little 'un of the band but he's certainly no less talented for it. His skill, dexterity and maturity at the fretboard belie his tender years, as does his love of blues music.

So far Alex has impressed the band beyond measure, although he hasn't referred to any of the other members as 'mum' or 'dad' yet, but there's still time.

Alan 'Laney' Lane is actually an acoustic guitarist who's been roped into playing bass where he does a sterling job without protest. Although if he did protest it wouldn't matter because he's a martial arts instructor so no-one would argue back.

Except Katie....

Other established acts have kindly shared their appreciation of the band, including hip-hop maestros Gym Class Heroes whose drummer Matt McGinley suggested

The Elements, "sound[s] like Janis Joplin with rock 'n' roll. Janis Joplin meets Jet or something. It feels believable,"

whereas vocalist Travis "Schleprok" McCoy says, "I want her number. You can really feel the throatiness."

Indie rockers Dirty Pretty Things accurately observe

The Elements represent "a return to good old-fashioned '70s riff-addled rock - the singer really goes for it."

To conclude. Katie should be heard and seen, her live performances brim with energy and vitality. The music is commercial but unique. The Elements are a mixed bunch, granted.. but this all adds to the flavour. They are professional, ambitious, and ready.

Lyrics

The Modern Escape

Written By: Katie Parker

Vs.1

No time on my own, alone all the time
Cracks starting to show, no place to hide in my mind

Dawn breaks and night falls, what passes between
I cannot recall, crave the grotesque and obscene
To break monotony

Chorus

I want to get lost in the sky tonight
Don't wanna go home to towns and to cities instead I'll be
Cradled by the moon and revived by the sunlight
I'll walk through God's playground with no fear or pain in my heart

Vs.2

No contrast no light, my flame is snuffed out
Need to reignite, only real truth in self doubt

Kept buried too long, refused and denied
Can't tell right from wrong, your good as dead living a lie

Chorus

I want to get lost in the sky tonight
Don't wanna go home to towns and to cities instead I'll be
Cradled by the moon and revived by the sunlight
I'll walk through God's playground with no fear or pain in my heart

Bridge

Dissatisfied and over privileged bitter self demise
Stuck on this nightmare fairground ride at what cost to change your mind
Designer shiny blemish free that's all you need to succeed
Too much to want but not enough to need such incurable disease

Vs.3

No contrast no light, my flame is snuffed out
Need to reignite, only real truth in self doubt

Chorus

I want to get lost in the sky tonight
Don't wanna go home to towns and to cities instead I'll be
Cradled by the moon and revived by the sunlight
I'll walk through God's playground with no fear or pain in my heart

The Stealer

Written By: Katie Parker

Vs.1

Don't think we'll find out what we need to know
Time won't take pity on our empty souls
Seduced by comforts there's no place like home
Breathe in all your dreams and fight for your own

Chorus

It's now that you're living, forget what you have done
Don't fight your feelings, this ain't no hit and run
Stop waiting for something, right now means everything
It's from you you're stealing, you're stealing, you're stealing

Vs.2

Sunburnt and breathless we will not repent
Weak and despairing all that's dear is spent
Darkness imposing casting life aside
Too late for shelter we must fall to rise

Chorus

It's now that you're living, forget what you have done
Don't fight your feelings, this ain't no hit and run
Stop waiting for something, right now means everything
It's from you you're stealing, you're stealing, you're stealing

Breakdown

No time for healing baby, get up and live with the scars
No room for breathing honey, the sky belongs to the stars
Belongs to...

Chorus

It's now that you're living, forget what you have done
Don't fight your feelings, this ain't no hit and run
Stop waiting for something, right now means everything
It's from you you're stealing, you're stealing, you're stealing

Repeat Chorus

Chaser

Written By: Katie Parker

Vs.1

I look over my shoulder
I see the train is coming
I'm tearing my mind up trying to work out what I'm best to do
I know that things could be different
I know that I could twist their fate

We both know the deal now
Uncovered all illusions
With a heavy heart and mixed up mind I stumble away from you
Good things don't come around so easy
There's always a hidden price to pay

Chorus

I know I can find a way
I know it all night and day
I know what I want, I'll take my chance or seal my fate
I know I can find a way
I know I'm through playing it safe
I know I can't stop, I'll trade my life to keep the chase

Vs.2

But I've made my mind up
So long I bided my time
I feel sad to waste the good things but I'm tired of making do
You always dampened down my spirit
You always tried to change my ways

Don't get me wrong now
I guess I should be grateful
But something inside gets me excited and darling it's not you
It burns too brightly to be jaded
It hurts but it's never gonna fade

Chorus

I know I can find a way
I know it all night and day
I know what I want, I'll take my chance or seal my fate
I know I can find a way
I know I'm through playing it safe
I know I can't stop, I'll trade my life to keep the chase

Bridge

Ooh, Ahooahohoo
Ah now honey, don't you know, don't you know where I'm at
Ooh, don't you know
Where I'm at, I'm at, where I'm at

How long
How long, can I hold on, I just don't know
Oh how long, can I hold on?
I don't know, I don't know, I, hey!

Rhythm Breakdown & Solo

Chorus

I know I can find a way
I know it all night and day
I know what I want, I'll take my chance or seal my fate
I know I can find a way
I know I'm through playing it safe
I know I can't stop, I'll trade my life to keep the chase

Repeat Chorus

Discography

The Modern Escape. Self-released April 2007 and free on our web site to download. Due to Holly recently joining the Band we are re-recording all of our material to better represent our new sound.

Set List

A typical 45 min set would consist of the following but maybe not in this order.

1. Crash and Burn (Parker - Lane)
2. Chaser (Parker - Lane)
3. Stealer (Parker - Lane)
4. The Model (original by Kraftwerk)
5. The Lying Game (Parker - Challans)
6. The Modern Escape (Parker - Lane)
7. Secret Agent (Parker - Lane)
8. My House (Parker - Lane)

Kate often covers Janis Joplin and Skunk Anansie classics also.