Parlour Bells is humbled to be named among The Improper Bostonian’s Ten Top Local Acts Who’ve Been Making Noise Around Boston and Beyond. Following 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).
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!
We had a BLAST playing at Make Music Harvard Square 2014 on the first day of summer…which was beautiful.
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, Radio, Anytime Limousine, Great Scott, Michael Marotta, Derek Kouyoumjian, Patrick Mussari, Garth McMurray and Charlotte Sweet. Thank you.
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!
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The quickness with which the Boston music scene has assembled and gotten involved in efforts to benefit those impacted by the Boston Marathon tragedy has been incredibly inspiring. From Michael Marotta and Richard Bouchard’s valiant effort to coordinate a last minute benefit concert at TT the Bear’s Place, raising nearly $8,000 for Mass General Hospital, merely a day after the bombing, to this new 130 song compilation curated by Boston music blog Allston Pudding, the response has been fast and heartwarming. Parlour Bells was happy to provide music to this incredible compilation, which can be downloaded in its entirety for a donation of $1 or more. 100% of the proceeds go directly to The One Fund Boston, to benefit victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy. It’s an incredible value to any music lover, and a great way to use art to aid in the healing. “Airwaves” was inspired by Boston radio, and our beautiful Copley Square, which has sadly become a somber memorial over the past few days, plays a prominent role in the lyrics. And some of the earliest Parlour Bells songwriting sessions took place in Glenn’s apartment in the same Back Bay neighborhood, where he lived for several years. Parlour Bells is honored the song can be used in this way.
Between all the year end lists, feature articles, radio and television appearances, historic shows–and especially all the new friends and fans we’ve made this year, we thought it would be easier to create this simple graphic to share with you and celebrate how wonderful this year has been for us. To everyone who has come out to our shows and has talked to us about their favorite songs, citing them by name, and making us feel truly proud of what we do, we wish you the happiest 2013 possible. Here’s to the brand new good times.
On December 15, 2012, Parlour Bells formally celebrates the release of their second EP, Thank God for the Night. The release arrives at the end of what has been a breakout year for the band. One that would see them through the Rock n’ Roll Rumble and one that would give them the honor of helping send off one of our revered terrestrial radio stations at a historic night at the Paradise Rock Club for the We Want the Airwaves: WFNX Tribute event. The radio-inspired anthem “Airwaves,” borne out of the media tumult of the Clear Channel acquisition of 101.7, was even recognized as a serious Song of the Year contender by The Boston Herald, and it leads off the new record. Thank God for the Night includes six new songs, and among them is the steamy “You Don’t Wear That Dress, The Dress Wears You” featuring the great Dana Colley of Morphine on saxophone.
Primarily a digital release, the band felt unlimited by traditional design, and used the opportunity to offer a full multimedia package. In addition to six new tracks, fans downloading the new EP will receive a Thank God for the Night digital storybook featuring over 20 pages of photography by Derek Kouyoumjian and illustrated by Nicole Anguish of Daykamp Creative. Plus, they receive a 45 minute concert film, Parlour Bells, Live at Redstar Union.
And this Sunday, during the kickoff of their promotional push for TGFTN, the band appeared on Boston Emissions with Anngelle Wood on 100.7 WZLX to announce that a portion of all sales for the EP through December 15, 2012 would go to the DCF Kids Fund for Anngelle Wood’s Spectacular Gift Drive, a two night event that culminates with Parlour Bells’ big 12/15 show at The Sinclair in Harvard Square with Oldjack, Mellow Bravo and Gentlemen Hall. Tickets for the show are available now through Ticketmaster.
Thank God for the Night has been called “a bedtime story for adults who never go to bed” by Michael Marotta, Music Editor of The Boston Phoenix.
Get a copy of Thank God for the Night now through December 15, 2012 and help Parlour Bells support the DCF Kids Fund this holiday season.