The Parish Music Box
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The Parish Music Box

London, England, United Kingdom | INDIE

London, England, United Kingdom | INDIE
Band Pop Singer/Songwriter


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"just f*cking brilliant"

The Parish Music box, you might remember, recently signed to Universal subsidiary NoCarbon Records. I am told that this was in no small part down to my own blogging efforts, which is awfully nice, given the amount of time and effort one tends to put into these internetty things. Well they were playing a benefit gig in Paisley which, although not all that close to Edinburgh, is bloody well close enough, so we thought we’d meet up for a few beverages to celebrate. And, erm, celebrate we did.

I was in Glasgow anyway because of going to see the Arcade Fire the previous night, so I met up with an old pal (and regular reader – Hi Andy!) for a couple of beers before heading out to see the lads perform live for the first time. As can be the nature of benefit gigs, they were perhaps not performing to quite the demographic that their new marketing manager might envisage, but it was a bloody good laugh and I had a blast.

I only know a few of their songs, so I was looking forward to hearing something more resembling a repertoire, and I wasn’t disappointed. They play a laid back lounge Americana in the Hawley/Cousteau/Cherry Ghost vein and the music basically just fits. It works. It sounds complete and right: easy going but ebbing and flowing confidently in an old-fashioned kind of way. Lloyd, the guitarist, was new but honestly you’d never have known in a million years.

It was an ace gig, and everyone was buzzing so there were several jars consumed after the show. Sufficiently many that the conversation descended to the level of reminiscing about Saxondale and Norwich City’s all-conquering early-90s UEFA cup team. I think that early buzz has got to be about as good a moment as exists in the music industry. Everyone’s excited, it’s all new – just f*cking brilliant. So good luck to the lads and cheers for a great gig and a stinking hangover.

- Song By Toad .com

"Love it!" - acoustic magazine

"8/10 *– Americana Magazine"

8/10 *– Americana Magazine - Americana Magazine



"4* "Deserves to lauded throughout the land""

"Lush alt. country" - The Times
Image of this review in full in picture section. - Time Out

""Lush alt. country" - The Times"

"Lush alt. country" - The Times - The Times

"“Life enhancing, be there!”"

“Life enhancing, be there!” - CorbyFM - - CorbyFM


Paradise Is Pocket Sized - avaialable on iTubes, Amazon, Voiceprint and good retailers everywhere...

Produced by Colin Elliot (Richard Hawley and Tony Christie), the album has had the gestation period of a baby elephant. Recorded independently by the band at Yellow Arch Studios in Sheffield over 4 years, quickly signed by Universal and just as quickly wrenched back from them by the band in favour of ploughing a stubbornly independent furrow.



British Lounge-Country combo The Parish Music Box album debut "Paradise Is Pocket-Sized" swirls along in a cheerily melancholic fashion with sideways glances at Gene Pitney or a gentler Nick Cave nibbling the toes of Lambchop.

Romantic, sentimental and bitter by turns. the Parish Music Box has a darkly cheery quality as well as subtle tributes to The Smiths, Bowie, Beatles and a whole raft of long-forgotten 70's TV stars.