Parallels (band)

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Parallels
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Parallels at the Echoplex, Los Angeles CA, 21 Nov 2009
Background information
Origin Toronto, Canada
Genres Synthpop, electropop
Instruments Synthesizers, Drums
Years active 2008-present
Labels Marigold Productions
Associated acts Crystal Castles
Website parallels.fm
Members Holly Dodson
Nick Dodson
Artem Galperine
Past members Cameron Findlay (creator)
Joey Kehoe
Notable instruments
Roland Juno-106, Prophet '08, Roland D-50

Parallels is a synthpop band from Toronto, Canada.[1] The band currently consists of Holly Dodson (vocalist, composer, producer), Nick Dodson (drums) and Artem Galperine (synths). Original members include Cameron Findlay (drummer, composer, producer) and Joey Kehoe (live synthesizers).

History[edit]

Parallels was created by Cameron Findlay, the former drummer of Canadian electro group Crystal Castles. Parallels was originally conceived as Findlay's solo project, until he teamed up with Dodson and Joey Kehoe (otherwise known as Darien シールド) to turn the project into a full fledged band.[2] Through an exchange of emails with Dodson, they wrote their first single "Ultralight". Findlay returned home to Toronto at the end of the 2008 Crystal Castles tour, and switched his main focus to developing Parallels. Findlay and Dodson continued to write more material, releasing "Ultralight" as a digital single later that year, and on vinyl on Thisisnotanexit Records in London, UK.

Parallels music has been likened to the work of Giorgio Moroder,[3] New Order and Stevie Nicks.[4] Dodson's vocals have been compared to Kate Bush, and true-blue era Madonna.[5] Now Magazine rated Parallels as critic's pick for "Best Electronic act of 2009", in their "Best of Toronto" issue.[6] Dodson represented Parallels in Flare (magazine)'s 30th anniversary issue as one of the "Hottest names to know in Canadian Music" [7]

The band made their US debut at CMJ Music Marathon in New York City in October 2009.[8]

Parallels song "Find the Fire" was featured on Kitsuné Maison Compilation 8 released by Kitsuné Music. The band's debut album, "Visionaries", was released in February 2010.[9]

The band is set to release their second full-length album, entitled "XII", on Marigold Records in the spring of 2012. [10]

Parallel's song "Ultralight" was featured in episode 4, of the second season of The A-List: New York.

Parallels' song "Dry Blood", from their debut album "Visionaries" was featured on the soundtrack for Curfew (2012 film) directed by Shawn Christensen that won the 2013 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film[11]

Discography[edit]

  • Ultralight EP (2009)
  • Visionaries (2010)
  • XII (2012)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Keller, Jason. Now Magazine. http://www.nowtoronto.com/music/story.cfm?content=167105 February 11–14. Vol 28 no. 14.
  2. ^ James, Matt. The Music Fix. http://www.themusicfix.co.uk/content/review/6065/parallels-interview.html May 15, 2009
  3. ^ Lindsay, Cam. Exclaim! Magazine. http://exclaim.ca/articles/generalarticlesynopsfullart.aspx?csid2=804&fid1=36294&csid1=0
  4. ^ Smith, Owen. Dummy Magazine. http://dummymag.com/next/2009/03/03/parallels-it-was-a-nice-change-from-working-alone-/ March 3, 2009
  5. ^ St. Germain, Randy. Fact magazine. http://www.factmagazine.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2530&Itemid=70 May 12, 2009.
  6. ^ Now Magazine. http://www.nowtoronto.com/music/story.cfm?content=172077 November 4, 2009
  7. ^ Iannacci, Elio. (2009, September). The Hottest Names to Know in Canadian Music. Flare Magazine. Rogers Communications(publishing). September 2009
  8. ^ CMJ Music Marathon http://www.cmj.com/marathon
  9. ^ Parallels Biography
  10. ^ Bowlegs Music http://www.bowlegsmusic.com/2012/03/parallels/
  11. ^ Nominees for the 85th Academy Awards. http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/85/nominees.html. Retrieved 25/02/2013

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