As announced on the 3/11/12 broadcast of Boston Emissions on 100.7 WZLX, Parlour Bells will have their preliminary round on Night 4 of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble, which will take place on April 5th, 2012 at TT the Bear’s Place in Cambridge MA. Participants were randomly selected from a hat drawing, and Parlour Bells will play the third slot of the evening at 11PM. They will Rumble with Cask Mouse, Never Got Caught and The Fagettes. Full schedule of the preliminaries is available at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble website. You can RSVP to the Facebook event here, and advance tickets are available here on TicketWeb. In celebration of their participation in the Rumble, Parlour Bells has made their newest single “I’d Like To Think” available for free download on their Bandcamp page.
For over thirty years, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble has been regarded as the ultimate music competition for bands in the Greater Boston area. And it has quite a history. Championed by broadcasting legend WBCN, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble has provided some of Boston’s most talented acts tremendous exposure and has spawned such national sensations as ‘Til Tuesday, Morphine, Dresden Dolls, The Sheila Divine and many others. Since 2009, Boston Emissions host Anngelle Wood has seen The Rumble through its rollercoaster ride of surprises, changes, drama and above all, great music. Parlour Bells is honored and excited to be part of this great Boston tradition, as we are proud to announce that we will be taking a run at The Crown for the 2012 Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble. We’ll be among 24 of the best artists this town has to offer, and it all starts with preliminaries beginning April 1 at TT The Bear’s Place in Cambridge MA. Prelims run for 6 nights, which are then followed by two nights of semifinals, and one night of finals. Below is the full list of dates. Parlour Bells will keep you posted on when we’ll have our night in the preliminaries!
Sunday, April 1
Monday, April 2
Tuesday, April 3
Thursday, April 5
Friday, April 6
Saturday, April 7
Thursday, April 12
Friday, April 13
Friday, April 20
Parlour Bells congratulates everyone involved in organizing this year’s Rumble and all the bands chosen to participate. Go “like” The Rumble Facebook page and follow @rocknrollrumble on Twitter for more updates!
For a second year in a row, The Winter Rock Formal brought out a sharp-dressed crowd and turned a cold night in Boston into a rockingly elegant affair. The night began with a brand new game show. Where The Dating Game served as last year’s spoof, it was The Newlywed Game that served up the awkwardness with a Boston rock twist in the form of the “Bandlywed” Game, hosted by Brendan Boogie.
Another hit from last year that again made The Formal a signature event was the Prom Fabulous Photo Booth. Combining the vibrant photography of Rachel Leah Blumenthal with the talented set design of Michael J. Epstein and Sophia Cacciola, the booth is comprised of a balloon-festooned trellis that captures the colorful, fun tackiness of a high school prom. As the night progressed and the inhibitions slowly gave way to cocktails, guests lined up to ham it up in the booth resulting in an album with hundreds of wonderful shots. See them all here!
The night also gave us the debut of Broken Wings, featuring Sarah Rabdau and Peter Moore in character as the secret authors of all your favorite hits from the 1980s. Eddie Japan then brought their suave brand of rock to the stage, proving they were made for classy events like The Formal.
Parlour Bells used the evening as an opportunity to showcase a brand new song, “You Don’t Wear That Dress, The Dress Wears You,” adding the smooth saxophone stylings of Joel Edinberg to their sound for the track.
Returning to headline the second year were Gene Dante & the Future Starlets, who delivered their electrified rock theatrics and were reunited with Sophia Cacciola (Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling, Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library) for a head-turning duet of the band’s anatomical anthem “C-Star.” And speaking of duets–it may have been the moment that Gene Dante joined Parlour Bells for a momentous cover of the Queen classic “Under Pressure” that left people buzzing long after the show ended.
With two Formals on the books, it’s pretty safe to say that it’s no longer just an event. It’s a thing.
“Under Pressure” as Performed by Parlour Bells & Gene Dante
“You Don’t Wear That Dress, The Dress Wears You” Debut Performance
“C-Star” Gene Dante & the Future Starlets (Featuring Sophia Cacciola)
Sometimes it’s not the destination but the journey that matters. And, as a bright 2011 for Parlour Bells winds to a close, that was certainly case when it came to the band’s campaign to perform at the abandoned Faces nightclub on Route 2 in Cambridge, MA. The Boston Phoenix expressed immediate interest in the grassroots effort to perform at the site where the Heart Beatings artwork was photographed, and followed the story until the end. While the site developers were initially receptive to the campaign, the small scale of the event did not accomodate the band’s performance goals and they dropped their bid to play.
But as the year ends, the efforts did not go unrecognized, and in The Boston Phoenix’s “Year in Boston Rock” feature Parlour Bells earned a hat tip for giving the campaign their best shot.
The Faces building has since been demolished, but Derek Kouyoumjian’s Heart Beatings images live on as some of the last artistic photographs of the site.
On December 15, 2011 The Boston Phoenix hit newsstands with a very special gift to its readers: a QR code download link to an 8 song holiday music sampler from some of Boston’s hottest acts. Shakedown: The Phoenix Holiday EP, curated by Phoenix Music Editor and host of 101.7 WFNX’s Boston Accents Michael Marotta, the collection includes the premiere of “O Holiday,” the newest single from Parlour Bells. Of the track, Michael Marotta says “…the noir-pop smarts of Parlour Bells dress Bowie in red and green garland and sparkle like the Corner Tavern on Christmas night. Vocalist Glenn di Benedetto, wearing mistletoe as a halo, positions himself as a fine holiday crooner, a glam Michael Buble for the guyliner-and-flask set.”
Parlour Bells are part of this collection that also includes artists Moon Crew Featuring Ra3x, Eldridge Rodriguez, Streight Angular, Halston, Quichenight, Happy Jawbone Family Band and The Hush Now.
On Thursday, October 27th the legendary guitarist of Jane’s Addiction, Dave Navarro tweeted “Great @parlourbells cover of Jane’s Addiction’s Classic Girl!” He was referring to the stripped-down acoustic cover that Glenn and Nate had recorded in preparation for their one night transformation into Jane’s Addiction for a Halloween cover show at Radio in Union Square, Somerville MA. Glenn di Benedetto and Nate Leavitt cut their teeth on Jane’s Addiction back in high school, so becoming Perry and Dave for one evening had been a long time in the making. And reading Navarro’s tweet just one day before the show made doing the tribute even sweeter. How Navarro actually stumbled upo the track is still a mystery, but Parlour Bells were honored to get this nod of support from one of their earliest influences. You can find Parlour Bells’ cover of “Classic Girl” here on their Bandcamp page, the link to which Navarro included in his tweet.
Here’s footage from the Halloween performance, where they played “Classic Girl” live:
When the Boston Globe recently reported that developers were planning to throw a predemolition party for the long defunct and dilapidated Faces nightclub, Parlour Bells naturally felt compelled to ask for one last dance with the fallen discotheque. After all, it was in the back lot of Faces where Glenn di Benedetto and Nate Leavitt found the perfect setting for Derek Kouyoumjian’s crime scene photography that would become the signature artwork for their debut release Heart Beatings. The band has created a Facebook page to gather support and petition the developers that they perform at the event, and even the Boston Phoenix has thrown their support behind the band’s effort to bid adieu to what has become both an eyesore but also a gritty, even romanticized icon of the Bay State’s landscape.