Q&A with Parlour Tricks
New York's Parlour Tricks just celebrated the release of their new music video for the infectious single, "Broken Hearts/Bones" from their album of the same name, released last year. Over the past few months, the trio has already been hard at work on their next release, and will be hitting the road in March for a short run of tour dates. Fall in love with the music video for "Broken Hearts/Bones" and read the full interview with the band below!
Interview by Dom Vigil
Can you tell us a little bit about Parlour Tricks for any readers who may not be familiar?
We're a six-headed indie pop rock band from New York City. Three-part vocal harmony at our core.
You celebrated the release of your album Broken Hearts/Bones last summer. What does this album mean to you now, a little less than a year later?
The album is (all albums are, I guess?) the crystallization of a period of time. We had been itching for change and new-ness. We sounded different before we started work on it, and the stuff we're working on now, looking towards the next album, is heading in yet another direction. That forward-motion is what makes what we do so fun. Albums are time capsules created at different junctures in our growth, like scrapbooks. We're proud of it, it informs who we are, and we've also grown past it. We were able to grow because of it. I don't know if that makes sense, but that's what it feels like when I think about the album.
How do you feel you’ve grown as artists with the release of Broken Hearts/Bones?
I sort of answered this above, but I think every release is a purge. In order to move forward, you need to put your work out into the world. I wouldn't be writing the stuff I'm currently writing if it wasn't for the work we did on Broken Hearts. It's very different stuff, now. I don't think growing as artists is any different than just plain growing as people; the stuff you do in the past dictates what you do in the present, and what you'll do in the future. It applies to everyone.
What did you hope to accomplish with the album?
We want to reach people. When we hear from a new fan that she can't get a song out of her head, we feel like we did something right.
You also just released the music video for the title track, and it is so much fun to watch! Where did the idea for the music video come from?
Thank you! A (much more chilled out) version of this actually happened to me a few months ago. I was in the checkout line at the grocery store and a famous love song came on the radio, and after a while I noticed that everyone around me was singing it softly to themselves. Men, women, old, young. Nobody was acknowledging it, nobody was looking at anyone else, they were all lost in their wistful private moment in the middle of a packed, fluorescent-lit store. It was strange and funny and moving. I went home and wrote it down.
What does “Broken Hearts/Bones” mean to you? Is there a story behind the song?
I watched two friends go through an extremely drawn-out and painful breakup last year. They wanted it to work somehow, and remained hopeful through the summer even though it was never going to happen. One of them told me that it felt like something was actually broken, the heartache was real physical pain.
On top of the music video release, you’re also hitting the road next month - what about these tour dates are you most excited for?
Getting to see parts of the country we've never been in or played in before. Finally getting to the west coast!
What do you hope listeners take away from your live performances or music?
We want to leave 'em sweaty and happy, hopefully with a song stuck in their heads.
Do you have any other big plans or goals for 2016?
New new new music.
Upcoming tour dates:
March 4 Palatine, IL Durty Nellie's
March 5 Ann Arbor, MI Blind Pig
March 6 Kalamazoo, MI Bell's Brewery
March 7 St. Louis, MO Firebird
March 8 Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck
March 10 San Antonio, TX Paper Tiger
March 11 Houston, TX The Raven Tower
March 12 Denton, TX 35 Denton Music Fest
March 14 Tucson, AZ The Flycatcher
March 15 Phoenix, AZ Valley Bar
March 16 San Diego, CA The Casbah
March 18 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
March 19 Santa Ana, CA Constellation Room
March 20 San Francisco, CA The Independent