Morning Parade (Formed 2007-2014)
Morning Parade were an alternative rock band from Essex, which consisted of the 5 members Steve Sparrow (lead vocals, piano and guitar), Phil Titus (bass), Chad Thomas (guitar), Ben Giddings (piano/synths), and Andrew Hayes (drums).
The band broke up on December 4th 2014.
Formation: Sparrow and Titus met at school in Harlow.
Sparrow met Thomas at college, in 2003.
The three became part of a band called 'Anotherstory'.
The band was an experimental rock band.
They split in 2007, causing Sparrow to tour the local scene of Harlow.
During this, he met Hayes and Giddings.
Music Career: After numerous gigs, a record label approached the band.
They eventually signed to Parlophone in May 2010.
The band went on tour in 2011 in the UK.
They then toured Europe with The Wombats.
They also performed at V Festival.
They performed on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2012.
In 2012 they toured with The Smashing Pumpkins around the US.
They released an album on 5th March 2012.
On 4th December 2014, the band announced they were splitting via Facebook.
After announcing that they are planning to split apart on their Facebook page, Morning Parade traveled to Capitol Studios to record a 1 Mic, 1 Take cover of Sufjan Stevens' 'Did I Make You Cry On Christmas Day?'
Morning Parade signalled their arrival as a very promising band on the British alternative scene with their critically acclaimed self-titled debut in 2012. Filled with strong guitars and indie brightness, the album left fans desperate to hear more and now their wish has been granted because Morning Parade are back with their sophomore release 'Pure Adulterated Joy'.
Starting off with 'Shake The Cage', the distorted intro tricks you into thinking you're in for something dark and raw, but soon enough it becomes a summery jam with smooth guitar strumming, bright synths and, most importantly, Steve Sparrow's uplifting, American influenced vocals that sound totally joyous. For 'Alienation', the synths take a very upbeat, poppy tone, but the piano and Sparrow's more subtle vocals in the chorus, give a mature feel to it. 'Reality Dream' goes further down this mature pop sound, but it's still bright with the fuzzy synth at the start and guitars with delay effects.
When it comes to 'Love Thy Neighbour', the album becomes rather sinister with a driving low riff and the opening lyrics, 'The neighbours are at it again, kisses on the lips and knives in the sink, this town is tired of talk' not to mention Sparrow's voice sounding considerably more rocky on this track. The following 'Car Alarms & Sleepless nights' returns to the album's earlier calmness; it's an emotive piano led song, calm until the bombastic bridge with loud riffs and angular guitar effects which you don't see coming.
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Somewhere, at some point, bands seemed to change from doing anything they could to not be mentioned in the same breath as the stadium slaying mega acts. Take Nirvana as an example (no way are Morning Parade being compared to them by the way) but Nirvana knocked back support slots from Guns N Roses and U2 at the turn of the 90s to avoid being considered sell outs.
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Morning Parade's new single, Us and Ourselves, will be physically released on November 28th. However, it has been available as a digital download on iTunes from October 10th. Morning Parade will be touring the UK throughout November and have announced a gig at Heaven in London in March 2012.
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