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"Frank Gulch"

Frank Gultch…June 23 09
People who know me would have seen this coming from a mile away. It is no secret I am in love with Lisa Parade. More specifically, The Lisa Parade. There has been a void in my soul since Michelle Branch stepped toward Nashville and I have missed that melodic modern pop she did so well. When I stumbled upon Lisa, I stubbed my soul and have been wondering how the world could not recognize such talent. While this song incorporates a bit if hip-hop, Lisa is all about the pop. If you aren't careful, the chorus steamrolls right over you. She's a monster!
- Rock and Reprise


"Lisa Parade"


LISA PARADE?
Finding Flora 5/09
What can you say when the first time through an album a track jumps out and grabs you by the ears, banging your head against the desk until bloody? That sledgehammer came in the form of My Day Anyway, good ol' track #5 of Finding Flora, and though I am somewhat resistant to the modern day version of power pop, I am sold. I haven't been so carried away since Michelle Branch's Are You Happy Now?, a song which put more than a few stitches in my head. This is not good.

Lisa Parade and band (are they known as THE Lisa Parade, as the music warrants?) blast through twelve outstanding pop songs on Finding Flora, and when I say pop, I mean rockin' with hook. There are influences, but when the music starts it all goes out the window. Latin, hip hop, power pop, gypsy, hard rock, theater--- so many genres crushed into song after song, presented in subtle but majestic blitzes between moments of floating ethereal clarity. At times it is wall of sound madness, at others simple rhythmic gutwrench, at still others virtual epiphany. And by that I mean that when you hear it, you say that's it! They nailed it! There are lots of nails in this album.
The amazing thing about the young Lisa Parade is that she packs an astounding amount of wallop for her years. Musically and lyrically she rises to the top, song after song, not once bowing to the cringe factor (that phrase so lame that you cannot help but cringe) and in fact bonding words and music with a superglue beyond cool. Cool is when it is cool. Beyond is when it is right.
This was no easy album to put together, either. It is rampant with layers of vocals, overdubs, twists and turns which make it hard to dissect after numerous listens. Great thing is, it's so good you don't want to. The nuances come to you when they come, whether it be the fifth time through or the tenth. It doesn't matter. The song is the key and Parade can write, but isn't it great when you can hear a small guitar riff in the midst of a favorite part which you had missed? Or a vocal harmony? Or even finally decipher a background lyric which had until then evaded you?
For those who wonder, Finding Flora is not a prefab package slapped together for MTV or VH1. It has not been manufactured by major label legerdemain utilizing bells and whistles and employing engineers and supposed industry geniuses. Lisa Parade (and band) put this together note by note, layer by layer, and for that reason alone you should give it a chance.
Click on the links, music fans. A song is worth a thousand words and Lisa Parade has a boatload of them, all interesting and all good. If you're leery, start with My Day Anyway. If that doesn't do it, maybe you just don't enjoy her kind of music. If you do and don't get it, I would suggest an appointment with either your shrink or an audiologist because this is great stuff. In the meantime, I have to see a doctor myself. Something about stitches. I'm sending Parade the bill.
Frank O. Gutch Jr.
- Rock and Reprise


"neo punk pop goddess"

All the way from Woodland Hills,California comes The Lisa Parade. Ex-vegetarian Lisa Parade started out in Boston as a high school music teacher by day, and a thrash punk-rock drummer extraordinaire by night. Her band Heidi got signed to Warner Brothers in 2001 which brought her and her dynamic parade out to the fair city of Los Angeles. With edgy, well articulated lyrics, nicely crafted alt-pop melodies, and an always-driving groove, Lisa's songs have put her on the map as one of the more promising up-amd-coming new songwriter/artists. Her debut CD, Out of the Funbox, really blew me away. Great songs, great vocals, great production. She's back in the studio now, working on her next project, but will venture out next Tuesday night with several of her bandmates to bring the Parade to the MSSS stage for the first time. And we're proud to present her. To preview some songs by The Lisa Parade, visit www.loveaparade.com.


Frank Gultch 5/09
- Not sure


"Indie Pop Alternative soul poet"


All the way from Woodland Hills, California comes The Lisa Parade. Lisa Parade started out in Boston as a high school music teacher by day, and a hard-hitting punk-rock drummer by night. Her band Heidi got signed to Warner Brothers in 2001, which brought Lisa and her dynamic parade out to our fair city of Los Angeles. With edgy well articulated lyrics, carefully crafted orchestrations, catchy pop melodies, and an always-driving groove, Lisa's songs have put her on the map as one of the more promising up-and-coming new songwriter/artists. Most recently, her song, “Beautiful Possiblility” has been adopted as the main theme song for new show, “Miss Guided” (Thurs 8pm ABC). Her debut CD, Out of the Funbox, really blew me away. Great songs, great vocals, great production. She's back in the studio now finishing up The Lisa Parade’s next record, “The Beginning of the World”-. Lisa will be venturing out next Tuesday night with several of her band-mates to bring the Parade to the MSSS stage for the second time. And we're proud to present her. To preview some songs by The Lisa Parade, visit www.loveaparade.com .
- Garrett Swayne


Discography

Lisa Parade- Finding Flora
written andproduced by Lisa Parade. Mixed and mentored by Bob Marlette
13 songs

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My name is Lisa Parade I am happy. I grew up in a large and ever extending family in many places around the USA, all though I am really from the South Shoowa of Boston. I love the New England Patriots. I live in LA now, but try not to hold it against me. I graduated from UMASS Amherst with a BA in Music Ed/Saxophone. I taught at Randolph High School until I got signed to Warner Brothers with my all girl punk rock band and best buds, HEIDI. I played drums and wrote the songs. We drove to LA and made an awesome record with legendary producer, Bob Marlette. After lots of ups, downs, shows and amazing times, I went back to teaching. I work part time at a small private school in Hollywood now. I love my school and love my students too. I also work at the Sunny Brae Elementary School for LA’s BEST, an afterschool program in LA. My amazing choir of third and fourth graders recently sang on the new Damien Marley record. Wait ‘til you hear them! I’m also playing drums and working with multi-platinum producer Richard Perry in this great new musical called "Baby its You" (keep your eyes peeled). In addition, I started composing and arranging strings for rock bands including BLACK STONE CHERRY (Roadrunner records), ATREYU (Hollywood records) and LYNYRD SKYNYRD. My newest and most exciting music project, The Lisa Parade, has been gaining momentum over the past year, having two songs used in a HONDA commercial and another used as a main theme for ABC television show, Miss Guided. In addition, the live show has begun to gain new fans all over the country. My new release, “FINDING FLORA” is an honest and very marketable representation of me, and more. The reviews have been off the charts and the digital record sales are increasing daily. Don’t miss The Lisa Parade!!! Contact my manager at 818-337-8066!!!