"Parklife [is] a classic rock-inspired trio that has been denied its due for much too long despite playing some of the most ambitious and engaging melodies in town." -Rick Cornell, Independent Weekly


To put it simply, Parklife is a rock n' roll band that hearkens back to a time when that term really meant something. Drawing on a variety of classic and modern influences, Parklifes upcoming album, Songs From the Imperial Hotel, features honest, forthright songwriting and hook-laden, powerful soundscapes that can encompass both Hendrix-style riffs and Catherine Wheel choruses, or channel Radiohead, Oasis and Pink Floyd within a single four-minute opus, or make you imagine what it would be like for the Flaming Lips to revisit a Ziggy Stardust show. But while the band is not afraid to attribute its influences, it doesnt necessarily wear them on its sleeve. Instead, Parklife has evolved as a band by absorbing and refining those influences to develop its own powerful, unique 21st century rock and roll sound.

Parklife was formed in 2002 when longtime friends Rob Clay and Sam Clowney took a few days off from their constant touring -- Clay was playing bass with Capitol Records Evan and Jaron and Mercury recording artist Cravin' Melon, and Clowney was wielding guitar with Mercury recording artist The Veldt -- to jam on some new songs the two had been writing. Drawn to the fire of pursuing their own sounds and ideas, Clay and Clowney dropped their sideman gigs and committed full time to Parklife.

The young band's relentlessly energy, enthusiastic live shows and unique, genre-bending sound quickly nabbed the attention of Grammy-nominated producer John Custer (Cry of Love, Corrosion of Conformity, Chris Whitley), who immediately took the band into Raleigh's fabled JAG Studios, where Parklife recorded its debut EP, Lonely Eyes and Amsterdam. From the driving, melodic rock of "Butterflies and Hurricanes" to the lush sonic landscapes of "San Jacinto," Amsterdam's four songs captured the sound the band had been developing in its live shows: Clay's engaging, honest vocals; soaring guitars that seem to blend elements of Hendrix, U2, the Cocteau Twins, Miles Davis, Wilco and Sonic Youth; and powerful, melodic bass lines owing as much to Mingus as McCartney, John Paul Jones and Joy Division. To get a sense of the bands songs, try imagining what the Replacements might have sounded like had Paul Westerberg grown up in 80s Manchester instead of Minnesota in the 1970s.

The combination of strong songwriting and explosive live shows quickly earned the band an enthusiastic and growing fan base, not only garnering the group support slots with Wilco, Better Than Ezra and Seven Mary Three, but critical acclaim and buzz in the industrys A&R tip sheets. Thanks to non-stop touring and strong Internet buzz, the band sold out the initial pressing of Amsterdam, and then made their way into Mitch Easter's (R.E.M., Pavement, Let's Active) famed Fidelitorium and Low Watt studio in Raleigh, N.C. to record what will become the band's full length debut, Songs From the Imperial Hotel. Recorded with drummer Jason Bone, who then joined the band, Imperial Hotel finds the band turning the melodic Brit-rock of Amsterdam on its head, emerging with a powerful, dynamic album of unadulterated rock n roll that pushes into the realm of power pop. For example, the Gram Parsons-influenced opening of the album's first track, "Memphis," yields to a closing crescendo of feedback and pounding drums at the end, while "Someday Lovesong" is a melodic, power-pop rave up that revels in the sheer joy of rock and roll. And ultimately, thats what Songs From the Imperial Hotel is all about: timeless rock n roll in all its glorious rebellions and ambitions. Within the confines of this single album youll hear the bands influences, which range from Led Zeppelin to the Smiths, R.E.M. to Nina Simone, Dylan to Public Enemy, and U2 and the Beatles. As a result, Songs From the Imperial Hotel sounds like everything and nothing you've ever heard -- all at once.

Parklife is currently on the road as it puts the finishing touches on the new album. For the latest news about the band, its tour schedule or to hear free sample song tracks, visit the bands website at


Songs from the Imperial Hotel (Summer '06)
--"Someday Lovesong" featured on Time Know Music CD Compilation, distributed at Barnes & Noble College bookstores by Time Magazine as one of the bands to know.

Lonely Eyes and Amsterdam (2002)

Set List


Loaded Gun
New York
Sister Radio
Blown Away
Last Transmission
President's War
Someday Lovesong
All that we Know