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Back to Life
The Parkinsons “Back to Life” (Garagem) 13th Setembro 2012
LIMITED LP & CD / DIGITAL
The Parkinsons are returning to life, eight years after their last recording. The new album, Back To Life, was recorded at Loudstudio in Coimbra during the month of April and hits the stores in September. The release is by Garagem, Portugal’s legendary label since 1996.
The three original members, Afonso Pinto, Victor Torpedo and Pedro Chau, are now joined by drummer Kalo (Bunnyranch, Tiguana Bibles, 77, Boredom Boys) who already has integrated the band in their latest live performances.
The album consists of ten tracks that break with the past of the band and should be listened to in the old-fashioned way, from beginning to end. The new sound elements, especially synthesizers, accompanied by strong bass lines, bring a darker environment, noticeable particularly in songs like “Nothing To Complain”, “City” and “New Big Thing.”
For followers of the band, the first hearing may be difficult, but the adaptation is fast. Quite apart from any labels, the attitude is the same as ever, and songs like “Back to Life”, “In The Wee Hours,” “So Lonely” and the first single “Good Reality” have everything to become the next hymns of The Parkinsons. If in terms of sound there is a distinct change from the band’s past, in lyrical terms the identity remains untouched by keeping the same line as always, an almost nihilistic aversion to a society without direction.
Back To Life comes at the right time and promises to shake the conformity of the Portuguese music scene, as happened in the previous decade with the release of Down To The Old World (Rastilho Records) and A Long Way To Nowhere (Fierce Panda), which caught a sleeping England by surprise.
The responsibility of the songwriting is Victor Torpedo which is also, once again, responsible for the artwork and all the visual components that accompany the release of this disc.