Parlour Bells

Parlour Bells

 Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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Dusky, darkly romantic lounge rock. Frontman Glenn di Benedetto, who has drawn comparisons to Bowie and Perry Farrell, croons dramatic anthems against gritty, rocking neo-glam and pop riffs. Commanding guitar, lean, sexy bass and drums, bright synth and strong male and female backing vocals.

Biography

Named one of the Best Local Rock Bands in Boston by CBS, Parlour Bells is dusky, darkly romantic lounge pop and art rock from the Boston-area songwriting duo of Glenn di Benedetto and Nate Leavitt.

Nate Leavitt is a Boston music veteran who has opened for national acts that include Coldplay, Snow Patrol, Guster and Remy Zero. With Parlour Bells, Leavitt rejoins his longtime songwriting partner Glenn di Benedetto.

Frontman Glenn di Benedetto, who has drawn comparisons to Bowie, Nick Cave and Perry Farrell, croons dramatic anthems against gritty, rocking neo-glam and pop riffs. Nate Leavitt’s guitar is commanding straight-up rock set against a taut, sexy rhythm section, bright dreamy synth and strong male and female backing vocals. While they fit most comfortably in the rock genre, Parlour Bells craft pop songs that are potentially cross-marketable.

The first single from their debut EP Heart Beatings, “Pet Names,” a disco-tinged romantic rocker, premiered on 100.7 WZLX’s Boston Emissions with Anngelle Wood on September 26, 2010. Since then, the band built a super live lineup that includes Magen Tracy, Brendan Boogie and Sean Drinkwater, and has performed throughout the Boston area.

Parlour Bells has released a number of singles since Heart Beatings which have gained significant attention from press and radio. Their single “Speak Up” spent six weeks at number one on WZLX’s Boston Emissions Sunday Top 5. And “O Holiday,” was included in The Boston Phoenix 8-song holiday sampler.

The band even got an unexpected surprise when their impromptu, acoustic recording of Jane’s Addiction’s
“Classic Girl” was discovered by guitarist Dave Navarro who tweeted a link of the track out to his followers with his stamp of approval, “Great cover!”

In April 2012, Parlour Bells participated in the 33rd
Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble, a time honored tradition in the Boston music scene started by legendary radio station WBCN which has launched acts from ‘Til Tuesday to The Dresden Dolls.

On June 30, 2012 Parlour Bells performed at the historic
sendoff concert at Paradise Rock Club for 101.7 WFNX, which ended 29 years of terrestrial broadcasting in July. As part of a 4 band lineup, they were invited to represent “the new” alongside veteran Boston acts O Positive and Orbit.

The band’s latest EP, Thank God for the Night, which Boston Phoenix Music Editor Michael Marotta calls, “a bedtime story for adults who never go to bed,” features Dana Colley of
Morphine on saxophone and has earned two “song of the year” distinctions by Jed Gottlieb of The Boston Herald.

The first single “Airwaves,” was written in response to the fall of 101.7 WFNX and includes a group vocal with over 20 performers, writers and DJs from the Boston music community.

Lyrics

I'd Like To Think

Written By: Glenn di Benedetto

I’d like to think this is neverending,
that this is more than light I’m bending
That I am more than breath and fingerprints
The hourglass is cracked and frozen,
The sands of paradise were stolen
Now we count on rusted fingertips.

I’d like to think this could last forever,
any battle, any weather,
I’d believed but I know better now.

Impractical things we say,
improbable moves we make,
Our hearts they won’t break,
but they will surely take a beating.

I’d like to think this is everlasting,
more than shadows that I’m casting,
If I blink I could be missing out.
The second hand is creeping slowly, the minute hand it cuts right through me
out of time, I’m out of memories.

The love that we make tonight,
the loves that we leave behind
The love, if you lose it,
then you can depend on me my friend.
Impractical things we say,
improbable moves we make,
Our hearts they won’t break,
but they will surely take a beating.

When you're here, you're not here
You're like the new moon,
which is no moon at all,
you are no moon at all.

Impractical things we say,
improbable moves we make,
Our hearts they won’t break,
but they will surely take a beating.
The love that we make tonight,
the loves that we leave behind
My love, if you think you're looking at the end,
then look again
And if you think you’re looking at the end,
then look again
And if you think you’re looking at the end,
then look again...

I’d like to think this is neverending
That this is more than time I'm spending
If I did I'd be pretending.

Pet Names

Written By: Glenn di Benedetto

Dangled from a constellation
I was a plaything for the strings of fate
I cut loose, and then became a nonbeliever
But then I saw you up there, standing right above me

Blue eyes, I’m almost ready
To tear my heart out, but you won’t let me
Your words are soothing inside my ear,
Oh arctic blue eyes, I need you here

Resurrect the schoolboy in me
Just leave out all the rage
I used to sing my heart my out through an open wound, and always
Romanticized unhealthy feelings

The air is perfumed from where you left it,
Like a ghost you linger with me
Tell your boyfriend you ain't coming home tonight
Let’s wake up together…we can figure it out then

Blue eyes, I’m almost ready
To tear my heart out, but you won’t let me
Your words are soothing inside my ear,
Oh arctic blue eyes, I need you here

Don’t you think that it’s a shame, we only know each other by pet names

By pet names, like pretty baby
By pet names...

Sunshine, I'm almost ready
To pull the shades down, but you won't let me
You said that darkness would never suit me,
But is it worse than being so lonely?
Oh precious blue eyes,
your trail of teardrops,
will lead me to you
if they don't dry up.

Don’t you think that it’s a shame,
Even though we feel the same,
We only know each other by pet names

O Holiday

Written By: Glenn di Benedetto

I’m looking through the icicles and I can see you on the other side,
January, February

I hold you by the fire, we are burning alive
We could go to hell tonight, but together we’d put up a hell of a fight

Show me where it hurts,
it would be better if you let me
O Holiday, I am on my way

A gift that you returned,
I’ve been a beggar since you left me
O Holiday, I am on my way

You shiver like an engine in my overcoat tonight,
January, February

If we squint hard enough this one candle’s light
We could turn it into a hundred multicolored lights

Show me where it hurts,
it would be better if you let me
O Holiday, I am on my way

A gift that you returned,
I’ve been a beggar since you left me
O Holiday, I am on my way

I’m looking through the icicles and I can see you on the other side…

The box office is suffering, there is nothing left to see
We are snowed into this apartment together,
But my heater’s working a little too well

I’m gift that you returned,
I’ve been a beggar since you left me
O Holiday, I am on my way

Shred my love to ribbons,
then you send it back in bows
O Holiday, I am on my way

O Holiday, I am on my way

I’m looking through the icicles and I can see you on the other side…

Airwaves

Written By: Glenn di Benedetto

Airwaves

I heard it late in the evening,
thought that I was alone
I heard it down in the courtyard
Playing 'round on my phone
It's all about the suggestions and the subtleties
I am future's fool, the antiquity

Old fashioned, ain't what it used to be...

Now my radio dial is missing two front teeth
Did someone punch them out or did we forget to eat?
All these goddamn celebrities, who can't even read
I'm going make you believe in me, just wait and...see

Old fashioned, ain't what it used to be

When I lay down, hear myself again
On the airwaves, postmeridian
Then I look around, and find that you aren't there
I think a radio station just went off the air

Old fashioned, ain't what it used to be

I came upon the Prudential and the Hancock tower
They signify that I'm home, at this dusky hour
An angel and an archangel Michael at the gate
Of our City frequencies that crackle at eight

And they know when it's raining, if it's raining
And they know if it's sunny 'cause we share it

When I lay down, hear myself again
On the airwaves, postmeridian
Then I look around, and found that you aren't there
I think a radio station just went off the air

Old fashioned, ain't what it used to be
Old fashioned, ain't what it used to be

In the stillness,
of the evening

In the stillness,
of the evening.

Bachelor Hours

Written By: Glenn di Benedetto

Bachelor Hours

It's here we keep bachelor hours,
you'll find us at the height of our powers.
What she thought was a diamond ring,
Turned out to be a squirting flower.

She said

Where are the brand new good times?
Here's to the brand new good times!

A martini for the marionette,
He doesn't know that he's a puppet yet,
Cocktail napkin manifesto right
Before his green with envy olive eyes

He said

Where are the brand new good times?
Here's to the brand new good times!

For pushing me across the line
And saved in the nick of time
When all I needed was a partner in a crime

Hard to please, harder to find

What have we here, amateur hour?
It's like St. Patrick's Day in this mother
There's a limo at the end of the night
Goes to a cocktail party in the sky

They said

Where are the brand new good times?
Here's to the brand new good times!

For pushing me across the line
And saved in the nick of time
For pushing me across the line
And saved in the nick of time
When all I needed was a partner in a crime

Hard to please, harder to find
Shouldn't be so hard to find.

Discography

"Thank God for the Night" (EP) 1/18/2013
"I'd Like To Think" (Single) 3/08/2012
"O Holiday" (Single) 1/01/2012
"Classic Girl" (Jane's Addiction Cover) 10/19/2011
"Speak Up" (Single) 7/24/2011
Heavy Dream Remix Project (Compilation) 5/17/2011
Heart Beatings (EP) 11/12/2010

All of the above tracks have received radio airplay on Boston FM radio and are all available for streaming. "Speak Up" spent six weeks at number one in the WZLX Boston Emissions Local Song Poll.

Set List

ORIGINAL SONGS
Airwaves
Bachelor Hours
Out of the Ether
You Don't Wear That Dress, The Dress Wears You (w sax)
Chemistry Set/Balancing Act
Thank God for the Night
I'd Like to Think
Speak Up
O Holiday
Pet Names
Heavy Dream
The Gargoyle
The Neighborhood Is Quiet
I Found A Hair
COVER SONGS
China Girl (David Bowie)
Classic Girl (Jane's Addiction)
Get Thee Behind Me Satan (Ella Fitzgerald)
Under Pressure (Queen with David Bowie)
The Saddest Song (Morphine)
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me (U2)