03/07/2015 – The Parrots-White Fang (2015)

The Shape of things to strum



The Parrot’s debut EP is dripping in debauchery. The title slightly gives this away. Recorded during a booze and weed bender, it shows the ups and downs of parting. The Parrots themselves describe the time thus “The EP is about traveling to play our next show with empty pockets and a will to play our music.” This nomadicity comes definitely across as the music doesn’t sound like it belongs to a set city or scene. “The songs were written at a time when alcohol and weed were present every day. As a result, life was confusing and kind of out of control, followed by terrible hangovers surrounded by dirt, drinking sangria and eating Chinese noodles.” they recently said.



Terror kicks off the EP with a musical slap in the face, then a warm embrace after to show there are no hard feelings. It does more in one minute twenty than most bands do in an album. Sounding like a faster, heavier lo-fi version of the Seeds, its unrelenting riff will make you a diehard fan after ten seconds. White Fang is just fun. Its big, dumb riffs and scorching solos make you want to pick up a guitar, run out into the street and shout “WHO WANTS TO START A BAND?!?”. It’s basically an updated version of the Sonics’ Strychnine.



To The People Who Showed Me Love While I Was Here is the start of the musical comedown. It’s slower, melodic and slightly slurred. All My Loving is a cover of the Almighty Defenders. Here the Parrots show they are capable to not just writing their own material, but reinterpreting. It is one of the EP’s stand out moments.



Near the end of the EP, the Parrots are flagging due to their chemical intake. The songs are more reflective and prove that what comes up must come down. Also there are signs that this binge has come at a cost “I’m breaking down” they bemoan.



Weed for the Parrots showcases the Parrots are one of the most exciting and exhilarating new bands at the moment. After the quality of this EP, it can’t be long before a long player rears its ugly head, red eyed and demanding a drink.













  1. Eeeek! The sound is rock, but I hate the thought of artists of any sort using drugs to aid their art–or to escape from it. I’ll stay well away from that raucous sound.

    • While I get what you’re saying is this any different from the Stones, Pink Floyd or Beatles experimenting in the 1960’s or writers like Huxley, Kesey, de Quincey, Burroughs or Poe? Ultimately as long as the product is good I don’t really mind as I don’t have anything to do with them.

  2. sophiebowns said:

    This is all very new to me! I love giving new artists a chance.
    One of my favourite artists at the moment is a guy called @LiamTamne. (He’s currently playing Raoul in Phantom Of The Opera in the West End, but I think he’s also working on an EP.) His voice is amazing!

      • sophiebowns said:

        It’s different compared to the majority of music produced in this decade. They almost have a 1970’s sound! I think they’re interesting.

  3. suepainter said:

    I think it’s the mark of many musicians to create under the influence of alcohol and/or street drugs. Time takes its toll on that approach, though, IMHO. Interesting story!

  4. No matter how good or talented the musicians are I don’t think it is right to take the aid of drugs in their music.

  5. This is absolutely awesome. I love music I can rock out to and often look like an idiot lol

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