“A sonic platter of equally pleasing and unnerving textures that bleed effortlessly into one another, as drums pummel along and guitars soar to an abrupt and satisfyingly destructive climax” – The Line of Best Fit
“elegant gloominess to hyperactive, twitching math rock” – DIY
Alt-rock four-piece A Festival, A Parade release their latest single ‘Cold Shower’, which sets itself as a very promising taste of what’s to come from their highly anticipated EP ‘Stay Away From Me’, due to be released this Autumn on Tipping Point records.
Born out of Newcastle, the band have climbed higher and higher since their emergence in 2015, and frontman Joe Allan depicts how the release is the beginning of a more refined route for the band’s melancholy adaptation of fast-paced alt rock: “Working with Paul Gregory (Lanterns On The Lake, Minor Victories, Mastersystem) and utilising his ability to take our complex raucous energy and turn it into something accessible and artistic, is something that we’ve really benefitted from whilst making our upcoming EP”.
The band liken themselves to The National and Frightened Rabbit, and with skin-prickling riffs frantically enmeshing Allan’s vocals in ‘Cold Shower’, they prove to be following the footsteps of the bands that have lead their way.
“Cold Shower is a song which takes a twisted look at endurance, empathy, and the chaos that could ensue when any even-tempered individual is pushed to their boiling point”, says Allan.
Having been dubbed “a hefty burst of guitar-led sombreness, all flashes of dense guitar and pulsating percussion” by Gold Flake Paint, the single is set to make waves, setting up a foolproof path for the EP release.
After hitting Leeds and London with live performances, the release of ‘Cold Shower’ sparked a sold-out show in their Newcastle hometown and the band will soon be circulating around various festivals, including The Great Escape and Meet The North.
A Festival, A Parade are set to support Mastersystem at The Cluny in Newcastle on 26th April.
‘Cold Shower’ is out 24th April and will be available to stream across all platforms.
A Festival, A Parade is Joe Allan (vocals/guitar), Reece Spencer (guitar), Ollie Winn (bass) and George Rowan (drums).
26 April – The Cluny, Newcastle (supporting Mastersystem)
28 April – The Mining Institute, Newcastle
05 May – Meet The North, Newcastle
19 May – The Great Escape, Brighton
09 June – Evolution Emerging, Newcastle