Since their inception in 2008, Parallels has reached memorable peaks. A previous release feature on the French boutique imprint Kitsune Maison. The Toronto-based glam-pop outfit has also shared the stage with such giants like Florence + the Machine, the Juan MacLean, Sebastian Tellier, and fellow Canadian comrades Broken Social Scene. And since their 2010 debut LP Visionaries, Parallels has undergone a few member changes. Once a collaboration between vocalist Holly Dodson and former Crystal Castles drummer Cameron Findlay—he has since left the group to create Kontravoid—what’s immediately apparent on the sophomore LP XII headlined by Dodson and her new crew is the absence of its previous sinister undercurrent. Where as Visionaries possessed a dark, almost goth, tone to it, XII is much lighter and sounds so 80’s at times that it goes beyond the realm of mere tribute.
Parallels’ second album XII is now available through Marigold Records.
BAND NAME: Parallels
HOMETOWN: Toronto, Canada
DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND: Moonlit synth-pop
THREE OTHER BANDS YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Depeche Mode, Kate Bush, and Heart
FAVORITE NIGHTSPOT IN THE CITY YOU CALL HOME: Cold Tea. It’s basically a backyard.
HOTTEST POP STAR: Dave Gahan circa 2005
HOTTEST DEAD ROCKER: It’s a tie between Freddie Mercury and Phil Lynott.
FAVORITE NOW DEFUNCT LABEL: Casablanca Records. Thank you for the disco!
MOST MEMORABLE SHOW YOU’VE PLAYED: Probably our recent show in Lexington, Kentucky. It was packed, sweaty, and everyone was smiling and dancing with each other like Studio 54.
CHOICE VICE: Dancing with the Stars
BEST RECENT PURCHASE: Niki & the Dove’s album Instinct. It’s so lovely.
NERDIEST EQUIPMENT FETISH: Vintage synths
SOMETHING THAT’S ALWAYS IN YOUR POCKET/PURSE/WALLET: So much cash.
TOUR NECESSITIES YOU NEVER TRAVEL WITHOUT: GPS
LYRIC YOU’RE MOST PROUD OF: “Never forget the red and the blue. The natural love that makes us human. What matters in life is never believe what’s too good to be true.” It’s from a new song called “The Hands that Rule the World”.
FINISH THIS SENTENCE: In the event of an impending apocalypse… pop champagne.