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When The Parlotones met in 1998 in Roodepoort, Johannesburg, little did they know that they would go on to write one of the greatest Rock ‘n Roll stories South Africa had ever seen. Their hard working, humble attitude, dedication and commitment to their music has seen them enjoy a career that has spanned over 15 years, achieved multi platinum selling status and accumulated numerous awards. In 2003, The Parlotones self released their first album, the raw Indie tinged ‘Episoda’, an album which quickly compared their sound to bands like The Smiths and Coldplay.
This Indie sound was the first of its kind in South Africa and quickly labeled The Parlotones as one of the freshest sounding bands on the scene, paving the way for the album which would cement their success and catapult them to the stars they are today – their debut studio album ‘RadioControlledRobot’.
RadioControlledRobot was released under the Sovereign Entertainment label in 2005 and spawned the hits ‘Here Comes The Man’, ‘Colourful,’ ‘Dragonflies & Astronauts’, ‘Beautiful’ and ‘Overexposed’. The Music video for ‘Overexposed’ won 2 Awards for Best Video and Best Animation at the 2009 MK (TV) Awards RadioControlledRobot showcased The Parlotones as top songwriters in their game and was an upbeat, yet eerie post apocalyptic album about the state of a slave race.
The Single ‘Beautiful’ was used in the Irish FujiFilm Ad, which exposed the band to their first International audience and secured them a worldwide licensing deal with the International division of Universal Music, covering the territories of France, Japan, Germany, Holland, Northern Ireland and the UK. A 12-track version of the album was released internationally in 2007, making it the first international album released by the band. The Parlotones are consistently known for their groundbreaking attitude and genre crunching attention given to their music videos, making them leaders in visual audio expression and winning them a multitude of awards. Their first major music video release for ‘Dragonflies & Astronauts’ was created over 9 months by Claudio Pavan and Fiction Factory and was entirely animated. This video went on to win an award for ‘Best Music Video’ at the MK Awards 2007 and proved that The Parlotones were adamant to push boundaries in every aspects of their art. The band also walked away with well- deserved awards for ‘Best Band’ – You Magazine Awards and FHM Readers’ Choice 2007.
‘ RadioControlledRobot’ won the 2006 SAMA (South African Music Award) for ‘Best Rock Album’ and spawned numerous Top 40 hits, making it one of the most important albums of their career; shifting them from indie status to fan adored stars. In the years following this release the band toured addictively and won South Africa and the world over, tiny step by tiny step. In June 2007, The Parlotones were selected to perform at The Live Earth concert, the largest festival ever staged. MSN named The Parlotones as “one of the 10 most memorable performances at Live Earth” and likened seeing the Parlotones at this early stage of the career to “seeing The Police in the late 70’s”. Constantly pushing the envelope of their artistry and setting the stage for being named one of the hardest working bands in the industry, The Parlotones entered the studio for their second studio album ‘A World Next Door To Yours’, which was released in 2007.
The first South African single release was ‘A Giant Mistake’ which reached #1 on S.A’s No 1 Hit Station 5FM’s Top 40 and the Hi5@5 chart shows. In the UK the song “Dragonflies & Astronauts” became their debut UK single. ‘A World Next Door To Yours’, an album which is often considered the band’s “Magnum Opus”, was certified Gold in South Africa 3 months after its release and platinum 3 months later. The album remained one of South Africa’s top 20 selling albums for more than 12 months and became the biggest selling album of the decade 2000-2010 in South Africa. Other singles that had incredible success were the fairytale indie pop song ‘I’ll Be There,’ and ‘I’m Only Human.’ The endearing music video release for ‘‘Ill Be There’ which involved a forlorn tinfoil Knight looking for love won 3 awards at the MK Music Awards 2009 Best Video, Best Animation and Best Serenade and set the bar for music video animation. The video also won the ‘Loerie Kraft Award’, marking the first time a music video had won a Loerie. The song was also nominated for SAMA 2009 — ‘MTN Record Of The Year’ for ‘I’ll Be There.
Always willing to expand their horizons and unleash their creativity, The Parlotones expressed their love of wine by collaborating with a local South African vineyard and producing three different ‘Parlotones’ wines, blended and created by the band during 2009 and 2010. These wines were named after some of their most popular songs: ‘Giant Mistake’, ‘Push Me to the Floor’ and ‘We Call This Dancing’.
Keeping themselves busy with a non stop-touring itinerary, the band have toured internationally since 2007, spending months on the road in the UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and North America. They have also toured in South America, Canada, Australia, Japan, Russia and have shared the stage with Coldplay, Starsailor, Snow Patrol, Live, Ash, Razorlight, Blue October, Violent Femmes, Imagine Dragons & many more. Their Live Concert circuit has included festivals like T in the Park, V fest, St Gallan Switzerland, SXSWDeluna Fest, Canadian Music Week, Midem and more.
The Parlotones have always aspired not only to have fun making music, but also to give back to their community. Over the years, they have raised funds and awareness for a variety of social and environmental organizations, lending their high profile to initiatives such as Live Earth, Earth Hour, The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s Carbon Free campaign, Nelson Mandela’s 46664, and Live Earth’s Run for Water, among others. They are also ambassadors for the anti-poaching organization Rhino Force, United Against Malaria, and several other non- profits that combat problems that acutely affect South Africa. In March 2012, they joined with Africa Unites for a climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise global awareness about ending violence against women and girls in Africa. PARLOTONES PAUL HODGSON, LEAD GUITAR GLENN HODGSON – BASS, KEY.
IN 2014, AFTER 12 SUCCESSFUL YEARS ALONGSIDE RECORD/ MANAGEMENT LABEL; THE PARLOTONES AND SOVEREIGN ENTERTAINMENT SPLIT WAYS AND THE BAND TOOK OVER THE REINS, REINFORCING THEMSELVES AS A TRUE “INDIE” BAND AND A REAL RETURN TO THEIR ROOTS. In 2015, The Parlotones released their first Independent album ‘Antiques and Artefacts’ and embarked on nationwide tours to promote the album. The new record consists of a collection of tracks, compiled over a period of time at Bellville Studios in Cape Town. With the band’s usual welcoming energy and style, ‘Antiques & Artefacts’ will now take this quartet of friends on an altogether new journey.