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The New Single from Parlour Bells, WETWARE, Available 11/11/14

Photo by Derek Kouyoumjian.

Photo by Derek Kouyoumjian.

Wetware, the new single from Boston’s Parlour Bells (just nominated for LIVE ARTIST OF THE YEAR in the 2014 Boston Music Awards) will be released on 11/11/14 as part of the Keep Safe Boston local music compilation to benefit Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, with a show to follow at Brighton Music Hall on December 10, 2014. Stream it now here on YouTube. Read more about the song and the benefit in the Boston Herald.

The Improper Bostonian Names Parlour Bells Among Ten Top Local Acts

Ten Top Local Acts Who’ve Been Making Noise Around Boston and Beyond

Parlour Bells is humbled to be named among The Improper Bostonian’s Ten Top Local Acts Who’ve Been Making Noise Around Boston and BeyondFollowing a landmark set at TT the Bear’s Place on June 27, 2014 Improper Music Editor Paul Robicheau spoke to Glenn about his musical partnership with co-founder Nate Leavitt and the cybersexbernetic future Parlour Bells has prepared for the band’s beloved fans. Sealed in a cryonic chamber and shot deep into the future. Celebrities On Ice is scheduled for a Fall release. Be cool. (And thank you Boston).

BE COOL! Parlour Bells Enters Studio, Brings Summer’s Hottest Show to TTs Friday June 27

Summer of Love Show, June 27 TTs

Summer has found us at last and we are ready to celebrate with you! THIS Friday night 6/27 at TT the Bear’s Place in Cambridge we have assembled an absolute monster of a lineup. Parlour Bells is teaming up with Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys, Muy Cansado and Future Carnivores to bring you THE SUMMER OF LOVE show. If you are unfamiliar with any of these acts, do yourself a favor and check them out because they put on some of the BEST live shows in Boston and beyond.

And after that, Parlour Bells head to Q Division to begin work on our third release, songs from which you will likely hear for the first time on Friday night. Titles from the first session of recordings include “Celebrities On Ice” and “We Keep Coming Back.” The early reception from those who have caught the new material in recent shows has been wildly enthusiastic and we cannot wait to set it to record.

No shows booked for the rest of the season, so 6/27 at TTs could be our ONLY appearance until Fall!

The Summer of Love Show, Featuring:
Parlour Bells (10:50PM)
Muy Cansado (9:55PM)
With DJ Sets from David Duncan (Formerly WFNX) throughout the evening.
$10 at Door, 18+
TT the Bear’s Place
10 Brookline St., Cambridge MA 02139
Accessible from Red Line Central Square Stop
Advance Ticket Link for Friday’s Show (Recommended):

We had a BLAST playing at Make Music Harvard Square 2014 on the first day of summer…which was beautiful.

Parlour Bells Live at Make Music Harvard Square

 

 

Bachelor Hours Receives 2013 Boston Music Awards Nomination for Video of the Year

Bachelor Hours Nominated for Video of the Year

The Boston Mayoral Race isn’t the only contest in town. The 2013 Boston Music Award Nominations were also announced Monday, November 4th, and Parlour Bells picked up a Video of the Year nomination for Bachelor Hours(Get your vote on early and often here). Released and celebrated at Great Scott on June 28, 2013, Bachelor Hours was shot over two months in multiple locations around Boston. Gene Dante and Mary Widow are the romantic leads in a hallucinatory crime story involving a mysterious new designer drug and the shadowy cartel responsible for getting these “moon pills” into the streets. Check out the video here.

Voting ends December 2, 2013 at 11:59PM, and the big event takes place at the Liberty Hotel on December 8, 2013. Proceeds from the 26 year old Boston Music Awards event support Music Drives Us, a non-profit that provides funding for music education programs.

Jed Gottlieb of The Boston Herald declares that the video is “more freaky than the new Pixies,” and Michael Marotta of Vanyaland, who world premiered the video calls it “a moonlit look at nightlife culture and serves as a who’s-who around the Boston rock scene,” as it features a huge cast of extras. It’s for that reason that this nomination belongs to the following individuals who helped bring Bachelor Hours to life: Gene Dante, Mary Widow, Roger Metcalf, Douglas Sherman, Malik Haddadi, Kate Sweet, Neehmias Afonso, Meaghan Sinclair, Meghan Chiampa, Autumn Pincus, Andrew Wilson, Michael J. Epstein, Sophia Cacciola, Clark Sullivan, Katrina Galore, Michael Oliver, Leesa Coyne, Rick Kotowski, Richard Bouchard, Douglas Orey, Bridget Leahy, Emily Diggins, Janelle LaMarche, Kristen Scioli, John Langton, Elvis Collins, James Johnson, Phil Fleming, Peter Moore, Sarah Rabdau, Leah Principe, Adam Bouchard, Porcelain Dalya, and Darren McDonald, Trina’s Starlight Lounge, RadioAnytime LimousineGreat Scott, Michael Marotta, Derek Kouyoumjian, Patrick Mussari, Garth McMurray and Charlotte Sweet. Thank you.

Parlour Bells Makes CBS Boston’s Best Local Rock Bands

Parlour Bells Make CBS Boston's Best Rock Bands

Parlour Bells is excited to be named one of Boston’s Best Local Rock Bands by CBS Boston, sharing the honor with other standout acts, The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library, Mean Creek, Darlingside and Doomriders!

http://boston.cbslocal.com/top-lists/bostons-best-local-rock-bands/

Parlour Bells will perform at Night 1 of the National MS Society benefit concert series Crash Safely at Oberon in Cambridge, MA on September 13, 2013.

Parlour Bells recently premiered their music video for Bachelor Hours from 2013’s Thank God for the Night.

Bachelor Hours Video Feted at The Pill, Our Cocktail Party in the Sky

Parlour Bells, Bachelor Hours Video Release

When we set out to make our first video, we had the pleasure, and urgency, of knowing exactly when it would need to be done. Michael Marotta, the celebrated music editor of the sadly missed Boston Phoenix (who got right back at it by founding the comprehensive Vanyaland online music magazine)

Michael Marotta of Vanyaland

Michael Marotta of Vanyaland

welcomed us to release and publicly screen the premiere of Bachelor Hours at the pill at Great Scott in Allston MA. And it would all go down on June 28, 2013. We had some work to do.

The journey to the end of the night would take us to alleyways, conveyor belts, a warehouse, Radio bar, Trina’s Starlight Lounge, the streets of Davis Square, and gave us the opportunity to work with a diverse cross section of the Boston music community. To say that we have a cooperative, collaborative arts community just doesn’t say enough.

John Langton and Sophia Cacciola in Bachelor Hours

Scene from “Bachelor Hours”

So, Parlour Bells would just like to thank:

Gene Dante, Mary Widow, Roger Metcalf, Douglas Sherman, Malik Haddadi, Kate Sweet, Neehmias Afonso, Meaghan Sinclair, Meghan Chiampa, Autumn Pincus, Andrew Wilson, Michael J. Epstein, Sophia Cacciola, Clark Sullivan, Katrina Galore, Michael Oliver, Leesa Coyne, Rick Kotowski, Richard Bouchard, Douglas Orey, Bridget Leahy, Emily Diggins, Janelle LaMarche, Kristen Scioli, John Langton, Elvis Collins, James Johnson, Phil Fleming, Peter Moore, Sarah Rabdau, Leah Principe, Adam Bouchard, Porcelain Dalya, and Darren McDonald, Trina’s Starlight Lounge, Radio, Anytime Limousine, Great Scott, Michael Marotta, Derek Kouyoumjian, Patrick Mussari, Garth McMurray and Charlotte Sweet.  You all helped us get this thing done just in the nick of time.

Vanyaland Premieres Bachelor Hours

Vanyaland TV

Michael Marotta world premiered the video on Vanyaland in conjunction with MediaBoss TV, and we had just enough time to edit a few extra hours of b-roll to loop during the DJ sets for the celebration and Parlour Bells show at the pill later that night. We performed two short sets, with a break in between to screen the video to a live audience.   

Since the release, the response has been tremendous, with coverage coming in from The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, Radio BDC, Boston Emissions with Anngelle Wood, and Performer Magazine.

Bachelor Hours Video Release Party, Photo by Derek Kouyoumjian

“Bachelor Hours” Video Release Post Screening Dance Party

It’s here we keep Bachelor Hours

Written and Directed by Glenn di Benedetto.
Filmed by Roger Metcalf and Glenn di Benedetto.Produced and Edited by Glenn di Benedetto.
Additional Post Production by Roger Metcalf.

Here’s to the Brand New Video

We’ve made our first music video. It seemed kind of a no brainer that Parlour Bells would do this given that Glenn has produced and edited for some time now, but we wanted to tell a good story. And that brings us to Bachelor Hours, shot in multiple locations and clocking in at over 200 shots in 3 and a half minutes. Featuring Gene Dante and Mary Widow as our romantic leads, the video takes a narrative path with a wide view of a mysterious underground drug syndicate that zooms into its immediate effects on the imaginations and actions of our protagonists as they pursue each other to the end of the night.

Bachelor Hours

Bachelor Hours premiered Friday, June 28th 2013, and was screened and celebrated with a performance by Parlour Bells at the pill at Great Scott. Shot by GdG and Roger Metcalf, edited by GdG with AfterEffects and DaVinci by Metcalf. Written and Directed by Glenn di Benedetto.

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