Byron Bay five piece band, Parcels 2022 will be bringing their prog funk folk harmonies back to Australian shores after a hefty time in Europe. They will be playing from October through to November.
Parcels 2022 Australian tour
Wed 26 October – Enmore Theatre: Gadigal Land, Sydney – (NEW SHOW) – Tickets at Ticketek.
Thurs 27 October – Enmore Theatre: Gadigal Land, Sydney – (SOLD OUT) – Tix at Ticketek.
Sat 29 October – The Tivoli: Meanjin, Brisbane – Tix at Ticketmaster.
Check out more gigs on the Live Music Australia Gig Calendar.
Triple j and Niche Presents PARCELS
In support of the recent release of their ambitious second album Day/Night, Parcels announce their Australian tour dates. The tour will see them playing Forum Melbourne on Thursday 3 & Friday 4 November. The Australian shows join a mammoth world tour including dates in Europe, the UK, and the USA.
The highly anticipated album comprises two whole, standalone records: Day and Night and is a vast leap forwards in scope and sound from the Australian 5-piece’s 2018 debut album.
Parcels are: guitarist Jules Crommelin. Keyboardist Louie Swain. Keyboardist/guitarist Patrick Hetherington. Bassist Noah Hill. Drummer Anatole ‘Toto’ Serret. To date they’ve amassed over 400 million streams, 200,000 album sales worldwide, cross-continental tours, festival headlines at Coachella, Rock En Seine, and Melt Festival, and a debut single produced by none other than Daft Punk.
Parcels 2022 Oct – Nov Australia Tour
Catch Day/Night live when Parcels bring it to Australia for a homecoming tour. Parcels are a prog funk rock band from Byron Bay. They currently live in Germany, making music and loving life. Get your tickets to a show near you. See them play some of your favorite oldies while a stack of other new music. They have recorded so much music over the years that it would be hard to listen to all of it.
Get along to one of the shows and see what Daft Punk sees in their music. Tickets selling fast so do not hesitate if you are interested in seeing Parcels. Shows will run through October until the beginning of November. Parcels electro punk prog funk. That’s a lot of genres, so go check them out.
All About Parcels
Parcels are an Australian electropop five-piece that formed in Byron Bay, Australia in 2014. Today they are based in Berlin, Germany. The band’s line-up composes of keyboardist Louie Swain. Keyboardist/guitarist Patrick Hetherington. Bassist Noah Hill. Drummer Anatole “Toto” Serret,. Guitarist Jules Crommelin.
Formation of Parcels
Band members Swain, Hetherington, Hill, Serret, and Crommelin all grew up in the beach town of Byron Bay, New South Wales located on the east coast of Australia, known for its bohemian, surf and anti-development culture.
The members attended nearby high schools. Swain, Hetherington, Hill, and Crommelin attended Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School, Serret attended Byron Bay High School.
Music before Parcels
The band members involved in a host of musical projects together before the formation of Parcels, playing music together in and out of different bands since they were 13 years old. They played in different groups experimenting with genres of funk, folk, metal and bluegrass. Serret and Crommelin were the only two members of Parcels who had not previously played music together.
Members Swain and Hetherington had formed as an acoustic folk duo named ‘Louie and Patrick’ releasing two digital albums via Bandcamp, ‘We Thought A Kitten Might Lift Our Mother’s Spirits’ in April 2013 and ‘We Are Not Convinced There Has Been Any Significant Improvement’ in May 2014.
Swain, Hetherington and non-Parcels members Merryn Boller and Nick Scales had formed as a roots group, uploading to national youth broadcaster Triple J’s unearthed website as “The Sugar Spinners’ in 2013. The Sugar Spinners won the 2013 BluesFest busking competition.
Music before Parcels
Swain, Hetherington, Serret and non-Parcels member Jade Deegan formed as a rock, roots band as ‘Lifeline’. The band received airplay on Triple J’s unearthed station and won a spot at the 2012 Splendour in the Grass line-up.
Swain, Hethrington, Hill and aforementioned non-Parcels vocalist Merryn Boller formed as ‘Potato Potato’ receiving airplay on national youth broadcaster Triple J’s unearthed station and winning a spot at the 2013 Splendour in the Grass line-up.
In their final year of high school in 2014, Swain, Hetherington, Hill, Serret and Crommelin, formed as Parcels. The story behind the name ‘Parcels’ differs from source to source. Consistently, the members report having taken the name from an old train sign that resided at Swain’s parent’s house. In one interview, the sign is in Swain’s parent’s pastry cafè. Another says that Swain stole the sign from their local train station and hung it in his basement.
Byron to Berlin
After six months of playing shows in Australia the band relocated to Berlin, Germany. The band notes watching a video in high school of band The Whitest Boy Alive performing in a shop window in Mitte, Germany as influential to the move, stating that the “huge crowd on the street […] was super cool”.
Berlin known for its culture of music creativity being a hub for new wave, techno, electro and hip-hop. And its distinctive subculture flair. The lure of existing in the German city’s melting-pot of music and culture has attracted many international artists.
The band lived in a small one-bedroom apartment for the first three months with “three [band members] on the bed two on the couch”. For almost the entire first year in Berlin the band did not play any live shows. Their first performance put together at a small café in Berlin.
History of Parcels
2015-2016: Clockscared EP and working with Daft Punk
Parcels released their first EP Clockscared on 2 March 2015 while they were starting out in electronic music. The EP has six tracks and an independent release made with a single condenser mic.
The release of Clockscared caught the attention of Parisian label Kitsuné, which signed the band in 2015.
Daft Punk and Parcels
In 2016, Parcels played their first show in France at Paris’ Les Bains bar with Daft Punk in the audience. The duo invited Parcels to their studio. Parcels say that they had not initially planned to create a song with Daft Punk. “it was just like, let’s get creative together and see what happens”.
The band showed Daft Punk an early demo of “Overnight” which they agreed to work on. The track was in production for over the course of a year with many studio trips and months in the studio. In an interview on the process, Parcel’s keyboardist Patrick Hetherington said that “First we spent seven days in the studio with them, every day from 12 midday up until 4 in the morning, literally working on it overnight.”
On 21 June 2017, Parcels released single “Overnight” with production and co-writing credits from Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter. The single entered the French charts at position 62, and remained for 11 weeks. The song, Daft Punk’s final song produced together prior to the duo’s split in 2021.
The single was missing from the band’s following album Parcels. The band stating that “including it would’ve felt dishonest to the rest of the record”. Noting that the time between recording the tracks on their debut and “Overnight” was two years difference and would taint the historical “snapshot” of the album.
Parcels debuted “Overnight” on Conan in September 2017.
Parcels on the Environment
The clip directed by Beatrice Pegard and shows the band driving through their home town and the Australian North Coast, depicting quintessential Australia surf lifestyle and culture. In the Australian publication Pilerats, he noted the clip was an environmental statement. Saying that profit-motivated policies are destroying Northern NSW and Byron Bay coastal areas and marine life and ecosystems are disappearing at an alarming rate.
Musical style Parcels 2022
The band compared to musical icons from the 1960s and 70s such as The Beatles and The Beach Boys. Drawing upon both their look and sound. Their 1970s uniform aesthetic made a staple after making the guise as a last-minute dress-up for their performance at the 2016 Lollapalooza afterparty, sticking with it ever since.
Parcels’ sound has been described as having “an unmistakable penchant for the 70s […] fusing together the old and the new”. In their own words, musically the band draws influence from Steely Dan, Marvin Gaye, The Whitest Boy Alive and Toto. The strong rhythm guitar and 3 part vocals recall some of (fellow Aussie’s) The Bee Gees 1975-79 disco era work. Also, a touch of Kraftwerk’s early EDM is part of their sound.
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