By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Formed while in the midst of COVID-related lockdowns in June 2020, alt-indie group Parlour Suns (formerly known as With Notion) established a quick chemistry that allowed them to have five finished songs just eight months later.
Fans have had a taste of the new tunes all throughout the year, jumpstarted by the debut single “Embers,” which then gave way to “Figure It Out,” “What Else Can I Do Wrong?” “T-Shirt” and the latest, “Wait For Me.”
The band worked on the songs at Momentum Studios with producer Josiah Manning, while Grant Berry of Fader Mastering handled the mastering.
The Music Bugle had the chance to talk with the band – composed of members Robson Knott, Greg Evans, Aiden Bond and Lewis Curtis – about what they’ve been up to lately and more.
Music Bugle – How did you guys decide the band name?
Robson Knott – I remember sitting in Greg’s front room waiting for Lewis and Aiden to arrive for practice as the sun was going down and I’d made a note of it in case we ever decided to change the name we had previously and later down the line, the conversation came up and from the moment of suggestion, we all loved it and it just seemed to click.
Music Bugle – Does social media help or hurt musicians?
Greg Evans – We feel that social media can very much help musicians, as it gives us a direct way of interacting with our fans which we wouldn’t have without it.
Robson Knott – However, it’s not all positive. It makes it so there’s access to so many artists and bands that its very saturated market and can be hard to be heard.
Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?
Aiden Bond – Thrice. I am almost always listening to Thrice.
Lewis Curtis – The Story So Far and The Faim.
Robson Knott – Lonely The Brave and The Band CAMINO.
Greg Evans – Saint Raymond and The Native.
Music Bugle – What was it like making your debut single “Embers”?
Greg Evans – We wanted to write something contemporary, yet still from our rock roots. I wanted the bass to be “bouncey” in the verses, yet not over-the-top and when it gets to the chorus, more straight-forward picking to be used, so you can head-bang to it. For the bridge, we thought it’d be cool if we “drop” the vibe, so that it’s a bit more chill, then build it up just to drop it again and do something we hadn’t before in singing the first half of the chorus quieter and then sing the whole last chorus lifted up after. To create our blend of rock and contemporary, we aimed to have big chorus riffs blended with synths, pop melodies and our heavier rhythm guitars just bulking out the mix, not drawing too much attention to themselves.
Aiden Bond – It was a new experience for all of us. Because of the pandemic, this was the first time we have ever recorded music before playing it live. We were also not really able to all meet and communicate like we usually would, which made some decisions harder and some easier, but I think I speak for all of us when I say we are very happy with the results.
Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Lewis Curtis – It’s been tough. To start off with, it was great in all honesty, but now, it’s just depressing and all days blend together.
Music Bugle – What’s a quote that motivates you to keep doing what you do?
Aiden Bond – “Do you remember that guy who gave up? Neither does anyone else.“
Music Bugle – What does today’s music industry need more of?
Lewis Curtis – Authenticity.
Music Bugle – Which of your songs were the hardest to write?
Greg Evans – “Figure It Out,” which ironically, we were sending each other files back and fourth during lockdown, all the way up until the studio dates trying to “figure out” what to play.
Music Bugle – What are three of your all-time favorite albums?
Greg Evans – Collectively, Neck Deep’s ‘Life’s Not Out To Get You,’ Thrice’s ‘Beggars’ and 5 Seconds of Summer’s ‘Youngblood.’
Music Bugle – What was your favorite moment while at a show?
Greg Evans – What are shows? (Laughs)