The Parson Red Heads’ session at Daytrotter is now live! Performing “Seven Years Ago,” “Kids Hanging Out,” “Happy We Agree” and “Burning Up the Sky” from last years’ lovely Yearling, the recordings are an intimate look into the intricacies of the music created by the Parsons, a band whose music harkens to the most prolific and inventive elements in the canon of West Coast psych-folk.
Not everyone does it the way that the Parson Red Heads’ Evan Way does it on the tremendous full-length, Yearling…The soul of the album comes in the form of the song, “Seven Years Ago,” a gallop and a lilt of a story about a transformation…The Parson Red Heads, bring us closer to our own mid-life crises even we’re way too young to be experiencing them yet. It’s rusty poetry from a guy who has very little tread left on the bottom of his shoes and he’s always going to feel like he’s better off for it.
As heard in their Daytrotter session, the true power of The Parson Red Heads is undeniable live. The group will take a break from the studio with a handful of shows at the end of the month with Tommy Keene and then hit the road with fellow music mavericks Blitzen Trapper on a run of dates that will bring the group down to this year’s SXSW!
More music and show information below!
The Parson Red Heads Live
Jan 27 – Sam Bond’s Garage – Eugene, OR ^^
Jan 28 – Sunset Tavern – Seattle, WA ^^
Jan 29 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR ^^
Mar 3 – LiveWire – Portland, OR
live radio show
Mar 4 – Humboldt Brews – Arcata, CA *
Mar 5 – Harlow’s – Sacramento, CA *
Mar 6 – The Cellar Door – Visalia, CA *
Mar 7 – Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA *
Mar 9 – SoHo Restaurant and Music Club – Santa Barbara, CA *
Mar 10 – Alex’s Bar – Long Beach, CA *
Mar 11 – The Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ *
Mar 12 – Club Congress – Tucson, AZ *
Mar 14 – 17 – SXSW
Mar 19 – Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM *
Mar 20 – Sheridan Opera House – Telluride, CO *
Mar 22- The State Room – Salt Lake City, UT *
Mar 23 – Neurolux @ Treefort Music Fest – Boise, ID *
Mar 24 – Cebu Lounge – Hood River, OR
w/ Tommy Keene ^^
w/ Blitzen Trapper *
More on The Parson Red Heads
The Parson Red Heads have signed to The Arena Rock Recording Company and are set to release their anticipated new album, Yearling, August 16th. The 11-track album was produced by sometimes-band-mate Raymond Richards at Red Rockets Glare (Los Angeles CA) and by Chris Stamey, of legendary Southern jangle-pop band, The dB’s, at Mitch Easter’s Fidelitorium Studios (Kernersville, NC); and Yearling was mixed by Stamey at Modern Recording (Chapel Hill, NC).
‘The title of the new record Yearling has all sorts of meanings’, says singer Evan Way. ‘For us…with this album…the obvious is that the record took between one and two years to make (see: definition of ‘yearling’) but it means much more than that. The collection of songs tell stories about learning as you go, moving on when you finally realize you can’t turn back and loving people when you can. It’s a record about growing up made by a band that’s growing up (and still are!). The songs and messages are very important to us, as are the performances and memories we have of the creation of this album. We consider it a big step for us, although one step of many, but an important one nonetheless.’
Yearling is out now on Arena Rock Recording Company with vinyl released via Parson Farm / Timber Carnival Records.