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.
In its debut week, “Speak Up,” the new single from Parlour Bells was voted number one in the 7/31/11 local song poll on Boston Emissions on 100.7 WZLX. Thanks to all who voted! And, according to show host Anngelle Wood, the Top 5 made history of sorts as it featured singer Glenn di Benedetto twice in the same poll. His duet with Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling, a cover of the Eurythmics classic “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” also made the Top 5, landing at number four. Help keep both of these tracks in the Top 5, by voting here on the Boston Emissions webpage!
Listen to “Speak Up”
“Speak Up,” the new single from Parlour Bells is now available for download from our Bandcamp page! The track also debuted on Boston Emissions on 100.7 WZLX and has been included in the 7/24/2011 local song poll. Click here to VOTE and keep “Speak Up” in the Top 5!
To promote their upcoming 7/22/11 show at Lizard Lounge in Cambridge MA, Glenn joined Michael J. Epstein and Sophia Cacciola of Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling for a dusky cover of the 1983 Eurythmics classic “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).” Initially, it was just planned as a “top secret duet.” Glenn works on a multitude of projects with Epstein and Cacciola, including producing the second video from their The New Number 2 debut, a cover of “First We Take Manhattan,” which will also be premiered at the Lizard Lounge show. With this, and the locally produced Special Friends sitcom in development, it was only a matter of time before they teamed up musically. In fact, the duet worked out so well, they decided to record it in time for the show. Check out Michael Marotta’s take on their collaboration in the Boston Phoenix.
UPDATE! On 7/25/2011, Adam 12 of 101.7 WFNX featured the song in the “Undercover” segment of his afternoon program!
Stream it here!
Bands, DJs, Knobtweakers! We’re excited to kickoff a collaborative music experiment called The Heavy Dream REMIX Project. We want you to remix and put your own creative spin on the track “Heavy Dream” from our debut EP Heart Beatings. It’s not a contest! It’s just a way for bands and artists to cross-pollinate their styles with ours. Interested parties should drop us a line at ParlourBells@gmail.com.
THE FIRST TWO REMIXES ARE UP! Download the “Heavy Dream Remix Project” where you can also get a free copy of the original EP version from Heart Beatings.
VIDEO! We also produced this short video for the first remix.
On March 30, 2011, Parlour Bells opened for Dangerbird Records recording artist THE DEARS of Montreal at Brighton Music Hall. The Dears have been getting a lot of airplay lately for their new single “Blood” on 101.7 WFNX. Also on this exciting lineup was Garvy J, of the highly popular and adored Boston act The Elevator Drops. Check out video of Parlour Bells performing “Speak Up,” which also includes highlights of The Dears from their set.