Sunday, 21 March 2010
THE PARKINSONS - A Long Way To Nowhere.
In the wake of bands like The Strokes and The Hives at the beginning of the noughties Britain rocked once again to the sound of loud guitars. This time the influence came from the 70’s rather than the 60’s. The Parkinsons were one such band, who became infamous rather that famous with their full frontal Punk Rawk attack on their audiences. Three Portuguese fells who’d relocated to London and hooked up with Chris Lowe, a drummer who’d previously bashed the skins with anarcho agitators The Apostles. A Long Way To Nowhere was their first release in 2002, a 7 track mini-album that smashes into yer skull before exiting as quickly as it hit. A magnificent catchy, rowdy racket. No frills but plenty of thrills and spills. Hear it here! Think The Ramones, The Heartbreakers, or The Lurkers. Punk Pastiche it isn‘t, thanks in part to the production by Jim Reid and Ben Lure from The Jesus and Mary Chain. The band also released a single; Streets Of London in 2002 before a couple of members left and then Blip, Blip, Blip……………………………….......... off the radar they went, as quickly as they’d arrived.