Formed in Byron, Parcels are now living in Berlin and are ready for the launch of their debut album. The band were getting ready to play their set at Popangada Festival in Sweden, and we were lucky enough to chat to the guys. Speaking to Louie, Noah and Patrick, they shared how their move to Berlin strengthen the bands relationship, the anticipated debut release, the most valuable advice Draft Punk gave them, and what it’s in-store for the rest of 2018.
You guys are originally from Byron but moved to Berlin. Was that move for creative purposes?
Louie: It was kind of more as a wild, fantasy dream move, with not much thought put into it. I think for me it was for like a living, just doing something exciting after school. That was always a plan. And then we kind of had this band.
Noah: ‘Cause we were even thinking about moving to Berlin just the three of us actually, before we’d even started the band. We were talking about it. Just to do something different and move. And then the band sort of formulated and we convinced everyone to come and we ended up doing that.
It was also quite a bold move to go somewhere that is a bit out of your comfort zone. Has it only strengthen the band relationship ?
All: Big time.
Louie: Yeah. For sure. We were always just like had each other in the early days to play music with.
Noah: And we still live together but we lived all together for a long time and we got really close and it was also a really good growing up experience, I think, as a person to move at that age and be on the other side of the world and do things that maybe the classmates weren’t doing. It was pretty neat. It was exciting.
You released ‘Bemyself’ last month, can you tell us the process of bringing the track together?
Louie: That was kind of the first song that we decided was going to be on the album kind of. Was a very … Jules just had a demo of it that he made and it was a very simple kind of songwritery sort of song. So we recorded that for the first time in the studio and we did it all to tape and all using live reverbs and that kind of guided the rest of the album into that direction. And it sounds way different from what we were doing before, so it was kind of like a way to shake it up.
Noah: And the message behind the track that came after Overnight, when we started feeling a little bit of pressure after Overnight, we were wondering what to do next or how to feel and starting to feel more confident as well in just music writing mode. And then just to feel confident in ourselves after Overnight.
Louie: Nice, simple, sentiment for us.
You’ve mentioned before that “you need space away from the songs to understand it”. Is that the new mantra you use before releases something just for the sake of having new music out?
Patrick: Yeah. You definitely overthink things. You definitely, you just get so deep in, especially because we’re producing everything. We spent so many hours working on specifics of each song, like every little detail, that you lose the bigger picture naturally. So you need to step away if you want to hear the song again.
Louie: ‘Cause that can even just be for a night while you go to sleep. The morning brings pretty fresh ears.
Patrick: Sometimes, yeah.
Noah: It’s pretty cool to come back after a few weeks or even a month and still feel like that.
Louie: Yeah. It’s kinda when you know it’s gonna last when you have an actual …
Noah: I think we all felt that way, myself a lot of the time. Every time we came back to that recording, I was like, “Oh. That’s so great.”
Patrick: That’s something we learned from Draft Punk. That was something they told us to do the next time. You need to let music live a little bit and come back to it.
Louie: Yeah. You may get caught up in the moment. But they do it ridiculously. They leave tracks for years at a time and don’t touch it and then return to it. I don’t think we could ever do that.
Does you feel like the new environment has brought out something different in your sound?
Louie: Well, we’ve kind of only done this band in Europe. It formed in Australia but we developed it here.
Patrick: It doesn’t feel very Australian to me.
Louie: A lot of people say that. It’s very un-Australian.
Noah: It does feel European. It makes sense the way it sounds because it was really born here. Born by European influences.
With the new album, are you currently still writing or is it all done? When can we expect for it to drop?
Noah: Finished and ready to hit the shelves.
Noah: It’s out in October.
How are you guys feeling about it?
Louie: Super good.
Patrick: We’re proud.
Noah: We’re excited for it.
How long have you been working on it for ?
Noah: Like our whole lives. It’s been like a first debut. I mean, I suppose it’s a first debut. But it’s the first record that we’ve ever put out. Like a full length in all time time that we’ve played music, since we were pretty young. First time that we’ve felt good about the music that we were playing. Felt good about writing and we think we kind of managed to encapsulate a lot of things in this record.
In the last year of so, what styles of music has influenced your the most?
Patrick: All the styles.
Noah: A style of mixing things.
Louie: There’s not much rock in there. There’s a little bit.
Patrick: Sometimes it’s a bit rocky.
Noah: At the end of the tape we got a little bit of a rocky …
Louie: Slightly rocky.
Patrick: It’s feels like a dubstep rock thing at the end.
Noah: Yeah. We’ve got a dubstepping part.
Louie: There’s some very electronic sections and there’s also some very loose, live sections. Some folksy sections, and electro dance sections.
Noah: Yeah. It’s pretty diverse.
Last, what does the rest of 2018 look like for Parcels?
Louie: Put out the album, put out some fun videos and a lot of touring. Then we’re going to go back home to Australia in December for some sun.
Patrick: Beach towels.
Louie: Beach boys.
Patrick: And some shows.
Noah: Lots of shows. First tour for the rest of our lives.
You can now pre-order the album here!
Out 12 October