CONCERT REVIEW : PARCELS – SWG3 GLASGOW 28th September 2022

PARCELS SWG3 GLASGOW 28th September 2022

Australian electro pop sensations Parcels arrive in Glasgow for a highly anticipated sell out show at Glasgow’s SWG3 TV Studio.  The atmosphere in the near capacity 1000 venue was electric when the lights when down and the music began, the band being met with a huge roar of approval from the Glasgow audience.  With a few extended players, 2 albums and a Live collection, the band are building up quite a following.

An unusual approach to tonight’s gig, all tracks seem to segue into each other.  Opening tracks LIghtenup, Gamesofluck and Comingback set the scene for the evening ahead.  Building on layers of electronic synths, guitars and vocal harmonies, they have a distinct sound compared to musical genres of the 1960s and 70s, such as The Beatles and The Beach Boys, with the three-part vocals likened to that of The Bee Gees disco era of the mid to late 1970s.

  • PARCELS SWG3 GLASGOW 28th September 2022
  • PARCELS SWG3 GLASGOW 28th September 2022
  • PARCELS SWG3 GLASGOW 28th September 2022
  • PARCELS SWG3 GLASGOW 28th September 2022
  • PARCELS SWG3 GLASGOW 28th September 2022
  • PARCELS SWG3 GLASGOW 28th September 2022
  • PARCELS SWG3 GLASGOW 28th September 2022
  • PARCELS SWG3 GLASGOW 28th September 2022
  • PARCELS SWG3 GLASGOW 28th September 2022
  • PARCELS SWG3 GLASGOW 28th September 2022
  • PARCELS SWG3 GLASGOW 28th September 2022
  • PARCELS SWG3 GLASGOW 28th September 2022
  • PARCELS SWG3 GLASGOW 28th September 2022

The lounge funk tunes continue. Tieduprightnow, Shadow, a splendid cover of the Spiller hit Groovejet and Bemyself.  The dance / trance feeling of the music had the front row on their toes throughout.  Pitch perfect harmonies and on point musicianship, the band are really getting into the swing of things, lifting the vibe from the frenzy of the crowd.  The smiles on the faces of front men Patrick Hetherington and Jules Crommelin are evidence of how much the band are enjoying themselves.

Famous, Once, IknowhowIfeel keeps the evening flowing.  It’s a fairly darkly lit gig, plenty strobe lights with the stage lit occasionally for certain parts of whatever track is currently playing.  The lighting certain adds to the feel of the gig.  The setlist being a mix of both albums, the self titled debut from 2018 Parcels and the recent release Day/Night, each track going down well with the SWG3 crowd.  Hideout, EDM, Somethinggreater and Free closed the evening.  The band leave the stage to a huge applause and the crowd leave the hot and sweaty venue well catered for.

Parcels are a band on the up.  Going by tonights gig and reviews of other recent shows, they are certainly getting themselves known on the circuit.  Their brand of multi-layered electronica goes up a notch when played to a live audience, and having already played Glastonbury 5 years ago its only a matter of time before theyre on the bigger stages again.  Keep an eye, and an ear out for these guys.

Review & Photographs by Stephen Wilson

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