written by Scott Feldman, Artist Relations Manager, Earbits.com

From the Beach Boys to the Allman Brothers and the Jackson 5 to the Black Crowes, brothers have been bickering and making phenomenal music since the dawn of rock. More recently bands like Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon and the National have found success because of and despite the unique relationship between brothers. Hoping to follow in this tradition are Dublin brothers, Dermot & Neil Walsh. The Walsh brothers are the sole members of the rock band, The Parlez, and they seem to be poised to follow in the footsteps of their predecessors.

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After a 2 – year estrangement, the duo smartened up and realized they could (at least for the purposes of writing and recording) embrace the luxuries afforded to a 21st century band. In the world of Skype, cell phones, emails & constant contact, the Walsh brothers are able to work on their own parts and songs in isolation and send off to the other for review, critique and additions afterward. Musically speaking, they’re the perfect counterparts to each other; while Dermot focuses his energies on lead vocals, keyboards and post-production, Neil devotes himself to creating and perfecting the guitar and bass parts. Between the two of them, they performed every instrument on their debut album, Glisten.

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Glisten ranges from pop to rock to folk and harkens to the past glory of the Beatles and incorporates the modernity of Oasis & Coldplay. The first track on the album, called “Give Up” (Click to hear it on Earbits) actually sounds like it could be a track off of Coldplay’s “Parachutes” album, if the band had given Chris Martin the day off and let John Lennon take over lead vocal responsibilities…Upgrade! They follow this up with “Suckers for Love” which is a bit more introspective and folky, driven by acoustic guitars and heart-felt lyrics. Nevertheless, the influence of the Beatles is strong in this one; listen carefullyto the clever melodic references to “Day in the Life”, not to mention the lead vocal sounds like it was tracked at the same session as John Lennon’s solo cut, “Jealous Guy”.

Moving through the record, The Parlez continue to reference the past and embrace the present. The 4th track, “So Tired of You” features a host of live and virtual instruments, using vintage rock progressions, melody and instrumentation with modern technology to bridge old & new. Not to mention, this song is one of the catchier tunes on the record, and features a descending bass line that exudes proficiency, restraint and suits the song, perfectly.

As is the goal for every emerging band, the Parlez want to take this show on the road; this presents them with an interesting choice: acoustic or full band?!  While Dermot and Neil Walsh are the only members of the band, they’ve created a sound evoking the spirit of rock and musicianship. I’d love to see them do these acoustically, but would certainly miss the energy and drive they’ve created on the record. This is especially true on electric driven songs like “Letters To Rachel”,which in particular implies a bit of Radiohead.

In short, this band has definitely got a thing. Glisten is very much worth a listen and provides a coherent and thoughtful hour of story telling and musicianship.

The Walsh brothers are also the perfect embodiment of the DIY ethic that is so important to successful bands in today’s music industry. I expect more from these guys and look forward to hearing it.

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