by Bill Pearis

Parlovr at Hotel Vegan, SXSW 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)

Montreal's Parlovr are visiting NYC, playing Glasslands TONIGHT (5/30) with Mainland, We Run, and The Drowners. Tickets are still available. It's a one off show for the band before they head out on a tour of the US and Canada in June.

Parlovr just released their second album, Kook Soul, on Dine Alone records. The album was a long time coming for the band, starting two years ago when the band were on the verge of breaking up, reveals a story in the Montreal Mirror:

...they continued touring in support of an album they were tired of, forced to spend long hours on the road--not an ideal situation for a pair of combustible personalities at drastically different points in their lives. Alex Cooper had pencilled in a wedding date with his longtime squeeze, only to have her end it. Louis Jackson, by his own admission, "was becoming a complete whore." A van ride from Brooklyn to Providence on a blistering July day almost sealed the group's fate.

"Every single word uttered devolved into petty arguing, and we still had six hours to go. [Drummer] Jeremy [MacCuish] was in the back, I don't know how he put up with it," recalls Cooper.

"It was also the hottest day of the year in New York," interjects the stoic MacCuish, with only a faint hint of exasperation. "It was bumper to bumper through Connecticut because everyone was driv­ing to the beach, and the air-conditioning was broken."

The band sorted things out, obviously, and Kook Soul is a big step up from their self-titled debut, influenced heavily by repeated listens to The Flaming Lips' The Soft Bulletin and old '50s records. The songs sound good live too -- I caught Parlovr a couple times during SXSW this year. Check 'em out if you can.

You can stream Kook Soul below, and check out all listed Parlovr tourdates.


Parlovr - 2012 Tour Dates
May 30, 2012 New York City Glasslands
Jun 09, 2012 Quebec City Le Cercle
Jun 13, 2012 Ottawa Mavericks Bar
Jun 15, 2012 Toronto The Silver Dollar Room
Jun 16, 2012 Toronto Yonge & Dundas Square w/ The Flaming Lips, of Montreal
Jun 19, 2012 Winnipeg The Lo Pub
Jun 20, 2012 Regina The Exchange
Jun 21, 2012 Edmonton New Wunderbar Hofbrauhaus
Jun 22, 2012 Calgary Dickens Pub (Sled Island Festival)
Jun 23, 2012 Calgary Sled Island Festival
Jun 24, 2012 Medicine Hat Riverside Park (Medicine Hat Jazz Festival)
Jun 25, 2012 Saskatoon Amigo's Cantina (Saskatchewan Jazz Festival)
Jun 27, 2012 Chicago Empty Bottle
Jun 28, 2012 Detroit Magic Stick
Jun 29, 2012 Kingston The Mansion

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