MY PARADE - "Monster Parade" LP
Got a hold of
this when I saw the band play at Lemp a while back but wasn't able to really
listen to it until now. My Parade kick
through the speakers with an anthemic mix of punk rock meets dance music where
tight grooves and beats meet dissonant guitar shards and driving semi clean
power chord strum and drang throughout.
Woven within the beats and hooks are songs about community, consent,
life, poverty, and apathy among other things, all managing to interconnect in
the process of trying to survive. Part
pure punk fury, part artsy skronk, there is a vibe here that is both
confrontational and celebratory as the songs play on with an infectious sound
and a lot of power. The music My Parade
makes is a far cry from the escapism of a lot of today's dance music but the
songs almost challenge you not to dance in the process (the record itself is pressed on recycled black
vinyl). If you're curious about whether
dance beats and grooves can have even a remote place within punk rock, you
might be curious about this album.
(Vinyl available from: Talking Helps Records. 312 Harvard
Ave. E. Apt 104. Seattle, WA 98102.
available from: myparade.bandcamp.com)