Parkville “Rooks” is a cinematic listen.

Full band hits in a raising harmony until it drops to a single guitar and lead vocals.  The chaos is a very exciting introduction to “Rooks” by Parkville.  The chord harmony goes through many tensions and modal interchange chords which creates for a more dramatic listen on top of the dynamic versatility.  The instrumentation in the arrangement is a fairly standard folk rock act though all the players are definitely skilled, the violin in particular has a killer solo on “Rooks” in my opinion.  Just as quickly as it’s exciting and a touch creepy, “they come alive when we all go to sleep”, it’s the outro which has a very different feel form the intro.  I can see Tim Burton getting really excited about Parkville “Rooks”.


Parkville are a folk-pop trio from Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges. Cutting their teeth busking on the streets of Melbourne, Liam, Michael and Dylan soon developed a winning formula: a driving Mumford & Sons-style backbone featuring rich three-part vocal harmonies and soaring violin riffs, taking influence from The Beach Boys and Punch Brothers.

Settling on their name in late 2017, the band didn’t take long to arrive at their first release as Parkville, The Peculiar Aftermath EP, from which singles “Shining” and “Brando” held #2 and #4 in the Triple J Unearthed charts for two consecutive weeks, as well as receiving Australia-wide radio play.

2018 brought Parkville the opportunity to support international touring acts and a hugely successful headline show at the Toff in Town, which critics praised as “nothing short of spectacular” (The Real Songwriters of Melbourne). 2019 brings the band’s first interstate tour in support of Rooks, and more releases and live shows in the coming months and beyond.

Band Members:

Liam Bell (Guitar/Vocals)

Michael D’Emilio (Keys)

Dylan Knur (Violin/Vocals)

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