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Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Alternative Rock, Alternative Metal, Acoustic Rock
Years active 2008–present
Labels Independent
Associated acts Evans Blue
Framing Hanley
Members Kevin Matisyn
Kyle Mathis
Aaron Burton
Past members Blaine Porpiglia
Tim Huskinson
Miles Stelzig
Chris Giovenco

Parabelle ('para' meaning 'to resemble; 'belle' meaning 'beauty' in French) is a rock band that initially formed in 2007 as a side project by Kevin Matisyn, the former lead singer of Evans Blue, and Kenneth Nixon of Framing Hanley. Following Kevin Matisyn's departure from Evans Blue in 2008, Parabelle was formed into a full band and has undergone numerous line-up changes since then. The band's first release was a double album entitled A Summit Borderline/A Drop Oceanic on July 6, 2009. With the subsequent addition of Kyle Mathis (formerly of Neverset) and Aaron Burton, they released their second album Reassembling the Icons on November 15, 2010. An acoustic album, These Electric Pages Have Been Unplugged, featuring studio acoustic tracks, was released on May 24, 2011. The band released a third studio album,Your Starry Eyes Will Never Make Us Even, on August 21, 2012.

The band was originally formed in the Toronto area, but is now based in Dallas, Texas.


A Summit Borderline/A Drop Oceanic (2007–2009)[edit]

The band's first incarnation came in 2007 when Kevin Matisyn and Kenneth Nixon began playing acoustic shows together under the name Parabelle.

Later in 2008, Kenneth Nixon left Parabelle to focus exclusively on Framing Hanley. Tim Huskinson left Framing Hanley due to back problems[1] and joined Parabelle full-time.[2] The band, no longer a side-project, announced that an album would be released in the spring or the summer of 2009.

Their debut album, A Summit Borderline/A Drop Oceanic, was released on July 6, 2009. It is a double album. The first disc is titled "A Summit Borderline," whereas the second is titled "A Drop Oceanic." The artwork for the album was a joint effort by frontman Kevin Matisyn and Julia Royal of Julia Royal's Team Vanity[citation needed].

Near the end of 2009, Parabelle added drummer Joe Maurer and guitarist Kyle Mathis to the line-up when their band Neverset parted ways. Parabelle had opened for Neverset during their "Hooker and Hand Grenades" tour before their breakup.

Reassembling The Icons (2010)[edit]

In 2010, Parabelle began recording a new record. Kevin Matisyn announced that it would be produced by Mike Langford, who engineered the first two Evans Blue albums.[3] When asked about the sound of the album, Matisyn commented “I think it’s similar, that moody kinda style, that’s definitely what we are going for with this new record. I wanted to do a darker record musically, but a little more positive lyrically.”[4]

The band debuted the first song from the album, "More", on Alternative Addiction in April 2010. "More" peaked as the number 2 song on Alternative Addiction's Top 20 Chart.

On November 3, 2010, Parabelle premiered the music video for "Kiss the Flag: The Widow."[5] It was stated in the video's description that the new album, Reassembling the Icons, would be available on November 16.

On November 11, the band released another song from their new album titled "Reassembling the Icons".

On November 15, the album was released a day early via iTunes and Reassembling the Icons debuted at No. 8 on iTunes Top 100 Rock Albums.

These Electric Pages Have Been Unplugged (2011)[edit]

On April 14, the band released a YouTube video of the single "Us (Walk Away)".[6]

On April 22, Parabelle released the track list for their upcoming album via Facebook. The album was released on May 24, 2011. Album artwork was designed by Will Schaule influenced by Kevin Matisyn.

Your Starry Eyes Will Never Make Us Even (2012)[edit]

On October 3, 2011, Parabelle released a new single titled, "This Life" on iTunes,[7] and everywhere else on October 4, 2011.[8][9]

The lead single from the album, "Let It Out" was released July 15, 2012 and the album was released on August 21, 2012. The album was partially funded using crowd funding website Kickstarter.[10]

Beginning in the spring of 2012, the band began playing several shows with Evans Blue's former drummer Howard Davis.

Air (2013)[edit]

It was announced in January 2013 that a compilation album/DVD entitled "Air" would be released on April 16, 2013. It will feature 3 brand new tracks, 1 sort of new one, 5 songs from "Starry Eyes..." and 1 song from "A Summit Borderline. Not much other information on this compilation has been released so far.[11][12]

Track Listing:[13]

  1. Hold On For Me (feat. Ashley Brooks)
  2. Fire
  3. Blue
  4. No One Looks As Good As You In That (feat. Ashley Brooks)
  5. Let It Out
  6. What Changes Us
  7. Starry Eyes
  8. Shadows
  9. Sighs
  10. The Door
  11. Anchors (Electric)

The Kill Plan (2014-Present)[edit]

In July the band announced on Facebook that they had already recorded "8 or 9 demos" for their fourth album The Kill Plan, but they still needed to "hit the studio and find a mountain of cash somewhere to finish it". No other details have been released. On September 22, 2015, the band released the single "Remarkable Lies (Your Cover's Blown)". On September 29, 2015 Parabelle released the song "The Kill Plan." The Parastarter site went up the same day in which you could support the new upcoming album by making presales in the form of different priced packages.




  • Kevin Matisyn – lead vocals (2008–present)
  • Aaron Burton – lead guitar, backing vocals (2009–present)
  • Kyle Mathis – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2009-present)


  • Blaine Porpiglia - drums (2009)
  • Tim Huskinson - guitar (2008–2009)
  • Miles Stelzig - guitar (2008–2009)
  • Chris "Gio" Giovenco - bass (2008–2012)

Touring musicians:

  • Jordan Hatfield - drums (2010-'12)
  • Howard Davis - drums (2012-'13)
  • Alex Rodriguez - drums (2013–present)





  1. ^ "Closing A Chapter;Opening A New One van Framing Hanley op Myspace". 2008-06-27. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  2. ^ "NEW PARABELLE DRUMMER van Parabelle op Myspace". Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  3. ^ "Update van Parabelle op Myspace". 2010-02-09. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  4. ^ "Former Evans Blue Singer Forms Parabelle". Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  5. ^ "Parabelle - Kiss the Flag: The Widow". YouTube. 2010-11-03. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  6. ^ "Parabelle - Us (Walk Away) (Acoustic)". YouTube. 2011-04-14. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  7. ^ "iTunes - Music - This Life - Single by Parabelle". 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  8. ^ / 00:00 (2011-10-04). "This Life | Parabelle". Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  9. ^ "Parabelle - This Life - OFFICIAL lyric video". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  10. ^ "Parabelle - Your Starry Eyes Will Never Make Us Even". Kickstarter. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
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