21 October 2012

Parlour Flames On Playing Their First Gig And More

Jade Wright meets the duo behind collaboration Parlour Flames, who are due in Liverpool in 2013

Former Oasis guitarist Bonehead and Salford alt-pop troubadour Vinny Peculiar have joined forces in a new band project called The Parlour Flames.

Their debut album will be released early next year, and to coincide with the release the Parlour Flames will be taking a full band out on the road for a UK tour early next year and come to Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre on Saturday 9 February 2013.

Early in 2012 the pair started sketching out songs and ideas in Bonehead’s home studio, a couple of days a week, working up the songs. With no pressure to finish and no studio time constraints, parts were refined and reinvented as they went along. The intermittent approach suited the songs, allowing them to grow and change and develop.

“We’ recently played our first gig in Brighton which was fantastic. It was really good to get the first one under our belt and last week we played Southampton,” says Bonehead.

“We’ve also got a couple more dates planned before Christmas before we head on full tour early next year, but we’re really looking forward to the Liverpool date as we’ve both got really strong connections and history with the city and the musicians there.

“The Liverpool date at the Epstein Theatre will be our first major date of the tour so it’s a really big deal to us.”

Vinny and Bonehead have co-written and produced all the songs, playing the guitars, basses, pianos and keyboards, with Vinny singing.

The record features Che Beresford (Badly Drawn Boy) on drums and percussion, Semay Woo on cellos, Anna Zweck (Samson & Delilah) on flute and backing vocals, Bob Marsh (Badly Drawn Boy, I Am Kloot) on trumpets and flugelhorn.

Parlour Flames were so named by Vinny after he caught a TV programme on Victorian lifestyles, with the fire in the hearth and the extended family attentive for piano recitals and poetry readings.

Bonehead, aka Paul Arthurs, played rhythm guitar in Oasis from 1991 to 1999 and was replaced in the band by ex Heavy Stereo frontman, Gem Archer, who went on to play with Liam Gallagher in Beady Eye.

Since leaving the band he has been a club DJ and has presented a show on BBC Radio Manchester. He went on to record with Scottish singer-songwriter Pete MacLeod, played intermittently with Manchester band The Vortex and also played in Moondog One with The Smiths' Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce.

Vinny Peculiar, aka Alan Wilkes, is a Manchester based singer-songwriter, recording artist and occasional poet. He's shared stages with British Sea Power, The Killers and Edwyn Collins, and worked as an artist in residence with Bill Drummond.

“What drew me to Vinny were his lyrics. I think he’s up there with Morrissey and Jarvis Cocker,” says Bonehead.

“With Vinny every song is a story, with deep, meaningful, quirky lyrics.”

So what can we expect from the new album?

“There’s a lot of really dark humour on there,” says Vinnie. “We’ve got a track called I’m in a Band which is quiet, dark, about being delusional but how you keep on going. I’ve been told some of the stuff on the record is sort of creepy – so much so it gave our sound engineer nightmares.

“We've only planned a handful of shows but are quite good at keeping ourselves entertained. We were on our way home from the Southampton gig last week and we were having a bit of a discussion on M6 landmarks. Bonehead and I love Twin Peaks, as we call it, the little logging place just before Stoke, best seen in winter without the leaves.

“I'm sure there'll be more opportunities during next year’s adventures!”

Parlour Flames play the Epstein Theatre on Saturday February 9. Doors 7pm first act 8pm. Tickets Available from Epstein box office for £12.50 (adv) or £15 on the door.

Source: www.liverpoolecho.co.uk

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