Dark and brooding and full of angst in the lyrics is “Come Around” by Parkville. Shedding the angst for a more uplifting sound around the first minute mark “Come Around” blossoms into an introspective and philosophical love song with a full string arrangement and gang vocals. Misery loves company in “Come Around” by Parkville and its marching in the streets with a sound this large. Something that really drew me in was at the pace the vocalist performed line after line to bring the story to life. Stream it below and find out more about Parkville!
Parkville are a chart-topping folk-pop trio from Melbourne’s Dandenong Ranges. Cutting their teeth busking on the streets of Melbourne, bandmates Liam, Michael and Dylan soon developed a winning formula: a driving Mumford & Sons-style backbone embellished with rich three-part vocal harmonies and soaring violin riffs, taking influence from The Beach Boys and Punch Brothers.
The band’s unique blend of thoughtful folk and driving pop is hard to pin down, darting between fierce, theatrical and deeply evocative. The one constant in their music is their powerful and unconventional use of vocal harmony, leading SYN Radio producer and Beat reviewer Paul Waxman to describe the band as “always great at producing heartfelt, acoustic journeys.”
Settling on their name in late 2017, the band’s first release as Parkville, The Peculiar Aftermath EP received Australia-wide airplay throughout 2018, and singles Shining and Brando held #2 and #4 on the Triple J Unearthed charts simultaneously for two consecutive weeks. Subsequent releases caught the attention of tastemakers, who praised the bands “vibrance and energy” (Claire Mooney, Triple J) and “eclectic instrumental arrangement” (A&R Factory).
Meanwhile, Parkville’s bombastic live shows became known as “nothing short of spectacular” (The Real Songwriters of Melbourne), bringing high-profile international support opportunities, including the chance to support Irish megastars Kodaline across both Melbourne shows of their Australian tour.
2019 has already been a landmark year for Parkville, having joined forces with producer Sean Kenihan of Northeast Party House on recent single Rooks to great success. Critics applauded the way it “builds into a truly epic slice of music” (Hhhhappy). The band have toured the single interstate, featured at a TEDx Melbourne talk, and appeared on a number of festival lineups since.
Parkville will soon be releasing their second EP titled “The Softest Murder,” dropping in October. With their latest and greatest lead single “Come Around” showcasing a unique edge and honest edge alongside fan favourites “Walkabout” & “Rooks,” the EP is poised to make a big impact in the Australian music scene.
Lookout for Parkville in a city near you soon, with big plans to come in 2020!
Performed by Parkville,
Cello by Alexi Kyrkilis-Kalathas
Drumming by Paul Whitwood
Produced by Sean Kenihan
Mixed by Malcolm Besley
Mastered by Adam Dempsey at Deluxe Mastering
Photography by Sophie Chauhan
Design by Liam Bell