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SLEEP VIDEO STILL 5The latest single from Parlour Bells’ forthcoming record Waylaid in the Melée premiered 8/14/16 on Boston Emissions with Anngelle Wood on Boston’s number one rock station 100.7FM WZLX. Thank you Anngelle for helping us debut Sleep When I’m Dead. You can expect another new track in September and the first full length effort from Parlour Bells, Waylaid in the Melée, later this year. Sleep When I’m Dead is available NOW for download here on Bandcamp!

Boston Tumbles 4 Culture Club, Brings Good Karma for Parlour Bells at Pavilion

Photo by Adam P. Salsman

Photo by Adam P. Salsman

On Sunday, August 2, 2015, Parlour Bells enjoyed the distinct honor of performing as the supporting act for a newly reformed Culture Club featuring all four of its original core members (Boy George, Mikey Craig, Jon Moss, Roy Hay) at Boston’s Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in the City’s thriving Seaport district. In a strange coincidence, Parlour Bells singer and principal songwriter Goddamn Glenn learned about the booking via group text message as he was making his way to the Pavilion to catch The Smashing Pumpkins / Marilyn Manson concert 5 days before the Culture Club show would take place. The 2014 Boston Music Awards nominee for Live Artist of the Year, Parlour Bells leapt at the opportunity to open for the iconic, New Romantic legends most famously known for their hits “Karma Chameleon,” “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” “Time (Clock of the Heart)” and “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya.”

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The band welcomed its cadre of faithful photographers to the event and helped secure them access to the Pavilion’s photo pit as a token of thanks for all their coverage over the years. Below are some of the photos from Kevin DeLue, Coleman Rogers, Mike Oliver and Adam P. Salsman. 

Photo by Coleman Rogers

Photo by Coleman Rogers

Photo by Kevin DeLue

Photo by Kevin DeLue

Photo by Mike Oliver

Photo by Mike Oliver

Photo by Kevin DeLue

Photo by Kevin DeLue

Photo by Adam P. Salsman

Photo by Adam P. Salsman




Parlour Bells delivered a 45 minute set to the gracious and receptive Blue Hills Bank Pavilion crowd. Press from both The Boston Herald and The Boston Globe were in attendance and said of the band’s opening set:

Parlour Bells…a great pick to open for Culture Club and I recommend Live Nation consider the glam demi-gods provide support for any Bowie, Morrissey or Jane’s Addiction shows that come along. — Jed Gottlieb, The Boston Herald

Boston’s own Parlour Bells treated the crowd to a short but lean opening set of theatrical glam rock. Taking a picture of the audience, frontman Goddamn Glenn instructed everyone to say the evening’s unofficial motto: “I’ll tumble for ya.” — James Reed, The Boston Globe

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After the performance, Parlour Bells greeted their new fans near the merch area, where they also said hello to Boston DJ and local rock supporter Anngelle Wood, who took in Parlour Bells’ set before jetting off to her shift at 100.7 WZLX where she then kicked off her Boston Emissions program with a block of 4 Parlour Bells songs in celebration of the evening11836832_10153572070161789_2676940978748020774_n     11811582_993634097323453_6473210660578957728_n

Afterwards, the band took in Culture Club’s fantastic set stageside, and then spent some moments chatting after the show. Backstage, Elvira “Mistress of the Dark” even made a surprise appearance.

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During one memorable exchange, Parlour Bells gave legendary frontman Boy George the task of choosing the Culture Club song the band should cover in the future. His response underscored his authenticity and integrity as a songwriter as he suggested that the band cover a lesser known (albeit clearly cherished) song called “Love Is Love” from the 1984 pre-Internet singularity computer/human romance sleeper Electric Dreams. George relayed that while it was a favorite, the song hadn’t received a great deal of attention or airplay over the years. Glenn made a point to queue the song up upon returning home and instantly understood how perfect it was for the band to cover.


Culture Club are set to release their first album of original music in over 15 years with the forthcoming Tribes. Click here to listen to the album’s first single More Than Silence.

Parlour Bells would like to thank Culture Club, their crew, the staff of Blue Hills Bank Pavilion and Live Nation for being tremendously accommodating and helpful to the band, for this historic opportunity, and for a night we will never forget.

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!


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.