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The Sun Parade

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Grunge-soaked power pop, The Sun Parade’s latest EP Heart’s Out(2014) is a catalog of love collisions, casual sandwich obsession, load-bearing grooves, and Northern psychedelic guitar licks. Influences of Big Pink, the Black Ark, the White Album. the lo-fi canon of Meth Beach, Elliott Smith, and bluegrass brother harmonies. Based in Northampton, Massachusetts since 2011.

“The Sun Parade writes jangly hooks, and cranks up the fuzz on its guitars. In this sense the Northampton, Massachusetts quartet is no different from many of its skinny jeans-wearing peers playing garage-, psyche- or folk-rock, the signifying music of many modern bands. What does set The Sun Parade apart is the degree of its obsession to detail, and the group’s deeply felt debt to the Beatles, an influence that would seem cliché were it not for the fact that it is in itself an anachronism that’s been on the wane in today’s indie world. The group’s devotion to Lennon and McCartney is apparent in the boyish group harmonies, the chord patterns, the shared front-man duties of singer/guitarists Chris Marlon Jennings and Jefferson Lewis, and even in Jacob Rosazza’s violin-shaped Höfner electric bass that’s famously favored by Paul. Yet the Fab Four’s primary impact on The Sun Parade seems to have been the interest of crafting the kinds of traditional guitar-pop songs that people might still be singing 50 years down the road.” –

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