, Ambassadors, The Silent Comedy
Friday, Jun 01, 2012 7:00 PM EDT
(6:00 PM Doors)
Highline Ballroom, New York, NY
Get a free mp3 download from The Parlotones! After your purchase you’ll get a link to download "Soul and Body". Enjoy!
Dinner menu available • GA Standing • Limited seats available • First come, first seated • $10 min/person at tables • All ages
In their native South Africa, there's no rock band bigger than The Parlotones. The Johannesburg-bred quartet has headlined the 20,000-seat Coca Cola Dome in its hometown in 2009, performed at the World Cup Kickoff Concert to an audience of a billion in 2010, and was handpicked by Coldplay to open the British band's stadium shows in Johannesburg and Cape Town in 2011. Also last year, The Parlotones staged an original rock theater production, Dragonflies and Astronauts, which was broadcast live around the world in 3D via DIRECTV and in 2D on Facebook. (The 3D broadcast was so well received in the US that the satellite provider scheduled 100 re-airings, while more than half of the worldwide viewership on Facebook hailed from the US.) Dragonflies and Astronauts wove a narrative through the band's catalog, including 16 songs that were Top 40 hits in South Africa.
The Parlotones' three studio albums – 2005's Radiocontrolledrobot, 2007's A World Next Door to Yours, and 2009's Stardust Galaxies – have racked up numerous Platinum and Gold certifications and South African Music Awards, while their three live CD/DVD packages (culminating in 2010's Live Design) have cemented their reputation as a fiery force to be reckoned with onstage. Confronted with the sight of powerfully expressive frontman Kahn Morbee leading the band – which also includes guitarist Paul Hodgson, bassist Glen Hodgson, and drummer Neil Pauw – to soaring emotional heights during their fall 2011 club tour of the US, the Boston Herald predicted that "The Parlotones could become huge here. Killers huge, Muse huge, Coldplay huge." Filter Magazine reckoned that "their earnestness, work ethic, and charm may be their biggest weapons."
Those qualities will serve The Parlotones well in 2012 as they prepare to expand their loyal fanbase beyond South Africa and Europe (where they also have a devoted following) to the United States with the release of their new album Journey Through the Shadows, via their own Sovereign Entertainment label, on May 8th. "America dictates trends around the world," Morbee says. "If you're big there, the rest of the world listens. It has a ripple effect. We would be very proud to achieve success in the US because very few artists from our country have managed it. I think for a long time, South Africans have had an inferiority complex in terms of our place in the world and our relative insignificance compared to the super powers. It would be nice to have a success story, especially in a nation that needs uplifting, and instill in folks back home that 'can do' belief."