PARAE

PARAE

BandPop

PARAE are a POST-POP band from San Francisco. The word PARAE has many meanings; don't ask about the Octopus. Someone may have once said that we sound like Faith No More covering Deerhoof. We’re not sure if that’s at all accurate. We are known for our high energy and chaotic live shows.

Biography

PARAE as it is now formed in 2008, and consists of Eriq, Jimo, and Tommi.

We are a POST-POP band - we're what happens next; we're what happens after POP.

Our influences are incredibly broad and varied, we do not limit ourselves to one sound or one style. Lately we've been big on Queen and Fugazi.

Earlier in 2010 we self-released a record called TINNITUS, because that’s what Eriq and Jimo acquired from making it. We made it entirely ourselves as we are fiercely independent and probably perfectionists. It's available at bay area record stores, and online at Insound, and various MP3 retailers iTunes and Amazon. When not performing around the SF bay area, we are always writing and recording new music, and are currently releasing monthly free digital singles on our website www.parae.org.

PARAE are currently booking shows for a pacifc west coast tour in January 2011, and have big plans for March and onwards.

Lyrics

I want to have FUN

Written By: eriq/jimo/tommi

i want to have fun
without this necessity
i want to have fun
find some fucking levity

if i could be myself, no inhibition

NO! get the fuck away from me
NO! don't you fucking touch me
NO! yr facial hair it disgust me
these are the choices you make?

if i could free myself, no volition

oh i am so bored
and it's bringing me down
oh my body is so tired
and i don't much of anything anymore

this isn't fun anymore, no i said, no

i dont need to drink to have a good time,
but im gonna need drugs for these assholes around me
just give me some pills to make them all fade away
or something to snort, make me invincible today

like when we were kids
before we even cared
maybe it was just the first time
but now it's become every time

and yr pushing me away
i swear it's not the same
yr always wanting something else
and she doesn't start with my name

Sing Pretty or Die!

Written By: jimo/eriq/tommi/corey

up on stage he asked me if i was ready for love
you know i laughed when i found out it's not enough
so i gave it up
but there was a time when i gave it all to you

gazing from the front row
stole an identity just to get a foot in the door
to your show
now it's the stars in my eyes, the stars that are stolen

i tossed your name out to the marquee
without a wail, a cry or reverie
but now it's your new friends they hover
like flies to a donkey and the smell makes your voice hit that sour key

you can fool all those little girls
and then they swoon at your pubic curls
but you can't give them what they're really screaming for
and me
i'm not a little girl anymore, not a little girl anymore, not a little girl anymore...

up on the stage, with a mic in yr hand
the moves are the same, but it's not the same band
yr coming at me with yr art damaged cry
why can't you sing pretty or die

yr trying to look like you don't even care
but you've gained some weight and lost your hair
all that you were, was it just a lie
why can't you sing pretty or die

up on the stage, we all live and we die
but there'll come a time, won't you swallow yr pride
come on and sing, pretty or die

years spent screaming
and now we're pop dreaming
oh if you got something to sell
you better stand up and do it fucking well
oh it you got something to sell
you better stand up and do it fucking well

mocking me now from the edge of the stage
but you locked yrself in yr own cage
and we've always wondered, wondered why
why can't you sing pretty or die

you tried to sell out, and reach for the ring
but we all know it don't mean a fucking thing
all that is left is one last try
now come on and sing pretty or die

up on the stage, we all live and we die
but there'll come a time, won't you swallow yr pride
come on and sing, pretty or die

up on the stage, we all give and we try
can't you see that we're here, we're all on yr side
come on and sing, pretty or die

Don't You Want to Play with Me?

Written By: eriq/jimo/tommi/corey

i said now, don't you want to play with me?
i'll put on my mothers dress
and you can take off all yr clothes
and i'll stuff these socks up my chest

won't you come on over and spend the night at my house?

oh, we can camp out in the backyard
with the kids from all down the street
what's going on out in the dark
don't look inside the tennis shed

won't come and hide with me, under my fold out couch bed?

don't you want to play with me?
c'mon mess around with my body
yr father said no more of these childish sex games
but i never said i won't never name names

and oh, i don't want to talk about it
what we were doing all alone
and oh, i don't want to think about it
cuz we were barely even grown

i said, look at me i gotta snake
well don't i have what you wanna take?
no, you'd rather touch yr little sister
find all the ways to turn and twist her

it's only just a few hairs, am i too old today?

don't you want to play with me?
c'mon mess around with my body
yr father said no more of these childish sex games
but i never said i won't never name names

and oh, i don't want to talk about it
what we were doing all alone
and oh, i don't want to think about it
cuz we were barely even grown

now you said come over to my house, don't you want to play
you showed me all these games, and then you pushed me the fuck away
i don't want to grow up, i swear you made me this way
maybe i can change, wash all those memories away

Statement of Intent

Written By: eriq/jimo/tommi/corey

i said, the scene
what we do
makes me want to be
something new

all the same shit
on display again
makes me want to be
different again

all these little kids
rehearsing all yr moves
i don't even know
what the fuck it is i do

stranded up on the stage
do i begin to look my age
alone with my inability
insecurity and rage

why am i this way?

oh how i try
not to envy yr success
oh how i hate
to be a jealous mess

oh to know
authentic relevance
unconfined to this
alien adolescence

oh what fate will we meet?
when we resign to grow up?
as we stand here all alone
perpetually faded and obsolete

i will find a way
before it is too late
i must find a way
before it is too late

i will find a way!

Discography

CD/LP - TINNITUS (2010)
CD - META AMBIGUE (2008)

Set List

30-45 minutes, only original material. rarely perform covers.