Arriving as the band’s grittiest, stickiest offering to-date, it sees Parliamo’s usual bright rhythms and funky basslines, traded-in for howling Suede-esque electric guitars, low-slung hooks and unconventional choruses.
Like a migraine growing under the noon-day sun, “Matters Like” has a burbling, off-kilter intensity quite at odds with the brilliant sunshine that baked the Summer of 2022 in which it was written. Finding nuanced inspiration during those mind-melting times in the _Fontaines D.C. track “Roman Holiday” a_nd the spring reverb bass of The Last Shadow Puppets’ second record, the band’s Jack Dailly and Finn Freeburn Morrison began assimilating both into a new track that would mark a moody left-turn for the band.A song about finding confidence in a new relationship and the overcast feelings that can come hand-in-hand with it, vocalist Jack Dailly explains:
“”Matters Like” has a moodier sound than most of our previous output, with its screaming guitars and echoing hi-hats. This mood fits well with the lyrics, as the song touches on feelings of uncertainty and internal conflict. It’s a song about insecurity in a fledgling relationship and the plethora of emotions which come with getting to know more about someone than you might have bargained for.”
Weaving their straight-up songwriting and babbling instrumentals niftily through a heatwave-warped collision of influences, “Matters Like” finds a band pushing the Parliamo sound and enjoying getting a little experimental. The single is released everywhere on 19 May.
Parliamo are Jack Dailly (vocals), Finn Freeburn Morrison (guitar), Finlay Mcelnea (Bass), Fraser Nicholson (guitar), Mairi Sutherland (guitar, vocals), and Andrew Haxton (drums). Bringing together witty social commentary with a distinctive songwriting approach that is very much their own, Parliamo are one of Scotland’s most exciting young prospects. Releasing their debut EP ‘The Parliamo Manifesto’ in 2021, it saw the band employ a tongue-in-cheek approach to some of the darker aspects of life faced by young people and marked them out as a major emerging talent to watch. Turning heads with their self-proclaimed brand of “underground pop”, the band have since attracted praise from the likes of Clash Magazine, BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 1, Radio Scotland, Radio X, KEXP and more.
Developing a formidable live reputation at their live shows in recent years, the band have performed at the likes of TRNSMT, New Colossus and the prestigious SXSW, as well as supporting The View and The Lathums at major UK venues. Gearing up for more dates this spring/summer, the band will play headline shows in Scotland, as well as festival dates, and a support slot in Glasgow with The Snuts. Full dates and details can be found below.
PARLIAMO UK LIVE DATES 2023
- 24 LEVEN Silverburn Park Festival
- 29 GLASGOW SWG3 Galvanisers Yard*
- 12 PERTH Otherlands Festival
*w/ The Snuts