The Parson Red Heads

The Parson Red Heads

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The Parson Red Heads are a simple indie pop band that takes influences from 60's artists such as The Byrds, The Beatles, and The Zombies - using 5 part harmonies, jangley guitar leads, and classic, catchy melodies.

Biography

The Parson Red Heads is a band made up of six comrades - a musical family, of sorts: Evan Way (vox, guitars), Brette Marie Gentry (drums, bgvs), Dane Garrard (bass, bgvs), Aaron Ballard (guitar, bgvs), and Erin Way (keyboards, tambourine, bgvs), and Sam Fowles (guitar, bgvs, tambourine, keys). Citing influences such as The Beatles, The Byrds, Fairport Convention, and CSN&Y (to name a few), Shut Eye Records says that the Red Heads songs "gallop with poppy lo-fi sentiment".

Originally from Oregon, they all packed their bags and headed south when they heard the call to do so. They have now brought Los Angeles a unique brand of 60's rock/psychedelic/folk music, with hint of indie pop - full of 5 part harmonies, jangely guitar leads, and dance-able, tambourine-tinged rhythms. It is music that is half happy, and half sad. But even when it's happy, you have to think: "Is this sad?" and even when it is sad, you have to think: "Is this happy?"

Since moving to Los Angeles, the Red Heads have found a great niche in the budding Silverlake music scene, playing regularly at venues such as the Silverlake Lounge, The Echo, Spaceland, Tangier, and The Derby, to name a few. They’ve also been able to play shows with great artists such as Cursive, Cold War Kids, The Court and Spark, Inara George, Maria Taylor, Bettie Serveert, Frausdots, and Aaron Espinoza of the band Earlimart.

Their most recent release, the EP entitled "Field Mouse Carnival" (released by Yukon Records), showed off their sunny, California-inspired, folk side - utilizing full harmonies, acoustic guitars, and a breezy exuberance.

Their next record, slated for a early 2007 release, is a full-on 60's pop/indie/psychedelic affair. Titled "King Giraffe", this album is the first to truly capture the excitement and energy of their live shows - as well as all their strengths in harmonies, dance-able rhythms, and tight song-writing. Employing the help of various friends and fellow musicians from the LA scene, "King Giraffe" will definitely be something to experience.

Lyrics

Punctual As Usual

Written By: Evan Way

I've got a girl, she's never on time
So when I'm late, it's always alright
Alright
I'm always alright

I'm trying out this new technique
I close my eyes whenever you speak
To me
It serves to distance me

You are!
You are the ground beneath my feet.
Keeps everything in place.
And keeps me standing straight.

I'm trying out this new technique
I close my eyes whenever you speak
To me
It serves to distance me

From all the people in all the wrong places
Situations and altercations
I get myself into
I'm always alright

You are!
You are the ground beneath my feet
Keeps everything in place
And keeps me standing straight.

Dry Off

Written By: Evan Way

Hey, man - drive on
There's a golden place in the sun
Everybody knows you can't get off
When the train's still rollin' on.

Hey Tom, don't cry
Everyone who lives will one day die
And you know the world's still spinnin' round
We all sing the same old song

And in the sun
You know things will dry off (x2)

Hey child, don't worry
Cuz we all know that you have a home
Hey child, don't worry
Cuz we all know that you have a home

And in the sun
You know things will dry off (x2)

I won't ever know
All the little things that I got wrong, but I
do apologize, it goes like this every single time
We all think too much, we should just learn to laugh it off.

And in the sun
You know things will dry off (x3)

Discography

"Field Mouse Carnival EP" - (2006, Yukon Records)
"King Giraffe LP" (2007, Yukon Records)
"Spaceland Presents...." (2007, Spaceland Productions)

We have songs streaming at www.myspace.com/redheads and at our website, www.theparsonredheads.com. "Laught It Off" (from "Ghost of a Crab LP") and "Punctual As Usual" (from "Field Mouse Carnival EP") have both received radio airplay from various stations along the West Coast.

Set List

Our typical set list (although it varies slightly every show) is:

1. Sister
2. Days of my Youth
3. Punctual As Usual
4. Dry Off
5. Say Goodnight
6. Forever
7. Traveling to Different Planets
8. Full Moon

The sets are always around 8 songs, and last approximately 30 to 35 minutes. As of yet, we have never performed a cover song.