Today Madrid’s The Parrots have announced the details of the release of their energetic new album Dos which is due for release on Heavenly Recordings on October 29th, 2021. The band have also shared new single and video “You Work All Day And Then You Die”.
The new album Dos is the follow up to the Madrid duo’s (Diego García & Alex de Lucas) acclaimed 2016 debut Los Niños Sin Miedo and shows the band taking an evolutionary step that finds them sounding stronger and more realized than ever before, from their original characteristics of stripped-down melodic garage rock to a fresh sonic perspective. Produced by Tom Furse (The Horrors) and mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer (Parquet Courts, Weezer, Panic! At The Disco, Temples), the Parrots find themselves experimenting with more modern production soundscapes and electronic grooves.
The 11 track album will also include the previous single “Maldito” which features multi-million selling Spanish rap super star C. Tangana.
Rolling in on an unbreakable motorik groove, The Parrots second album Dos starts very much on the front foot. “You Work All Day And Then You Die” is a bold statement of intent, a signpost at the side of the road that tells you straight about the futility of our modern lives spent chained to the work station. As the chant-along chorus goes, “It’s hard to find some peace of mind” – a line that feels like a reaction to the last year and half on planet Earth.
From “You Work All Day And Then You Die”’s relentless pulse to closer “Romance”’s end of the night celebration of friendship and survival, Dos is an all consuming, life-affirming joyous noise. Where The Parrots debut – Los Niños Sin Miedo – howled and rattled like the garage bands that had inspired them in their formative years in Madrid, Dos was conceived by Diego Garcia (guitar, vocals) and Alex de Lucas (bass) as a chance to showcase their wider ambitions. That desire to expand the band’s sound led them to working with producer Tom Furse from The Horrors.
Fans of The Parrots previous records and their life-enhancing live shows needn’t worry that things have changed too much. Dos is still very much a garage rock record, only one now painted in brighter, bolder, more psychedelic colors. “Just Hold On” is a summery late ’60s West Coast stomp while “Nadie Dijo Que Fuera Fácil” (translation – Nobody Said It Would Be Easy) and “Amigos” recall modern psychedelic voyagers such as Spacemen 3 and Super Furry Animals – bands who effortlessly combined drones with celestial melody. Elsewhere, “It’s Too Late To Go To Bed” sounds like something released on Ze Records in the early ’80s.
When you spend some time with Dos, the riotous and addictive second Parrots album, you’ll realize it’d be wise not to wear your best clothes the next time they roll in to town as you’ll invariably be going home drenched, ecstatic and covered in footprints. Bring it on.
The Parrots speak about the new record by saying: “Most of the album was recorded in Wilton Way Studios in Hackney in periods between summer 2019 and the start of 2020. Because of lockdown, it ended up getting finished in Madrid with Harto Rodriguez. Recording at home was really nice because it meant we could call on some of our very talented friends to join us in the studio. Most of the record was written before the lockdown but that unexpected pause in all of our lives made us rethink some of it and finish bits off in a different way. Also, when we knew we couldn’t go back to London to finish it, we decided to invite a lot of our friends back home to the studio. That made recording feel almost like a celebration. Everyone we knew was fine; even with the global pause we could still find the bright spots and stay together.”
“Even though garage rock is kind of the core of all our influences, in the last few years we’ve been listening to lots of stuff that we’d kind of relegated to a second position. We rediscovered a lot of artists that we listened back when we first fell in love with music – bands like LCD Soundsystem and Gang of Four, lots of mutant disco. Tom really helped us there, he made sense out of the chaotic mashup of influences that we brought into the studio. And because we’ve always loved hip hop, we followed a different approach to putting songs together, using samples and sampling ourselves a lot. Beastie Boys, ESG, Devo, Los Zombies (the Spanish band) were all a very big influence on the tone of the record. Also the Spanish music scene has been changing a lot in the last years and listening to a lot of new Spanish artists has helped us break down some walls and made us create music in a more free way.”
The video for the new single and album opener “You Work All Day And Then You Die” was directed by Joaquin Luna and was filmed on location in Madrid.
Video director Joaquin Luna speaks about the video by saying: “This video shows 4 parallel stories where the characters struggle with abusive work conditions. They break their anxiety and anguish when they let go of their compliant attitude. In a growing catharsis they show their vulnerability and chase an easy, absurd liberation from a hostile environment.”
The band also talk about the new track by saying: “We wanted to write this song for a long time. The sounds, the epic in it were something that we had wanted to express for a long time and couldn’t have done it without the help of our amazing producer, Tom Furse. On the lyrical side, we’ve been feeling that people are settling and giving up their dreams for the ones people post on social media, we wanted to express that lack of individuality, how it’s easier to copy other models of success rather than follow your own. With this song we wanted to punch that trend (or feeling) in the face and remind people and ourselves that success has more to do with personal feelings and self care than social acceptance. We’ve always felt very comfortable being treated as outsiders in most circles and we are proud of that, fight back, don’t kneel and don’t try to be liked by everyone. Some things work for you but others may not. Why are people so worried about communism and stuff when it’s capitalism itself which tries to make us all exactly the same, boring with the same dreams and motivations?”
The production company Supersonic go on the say: “For us, “You work all day” has been the ultimate Madrid adventure, roaming the suburbs and the inner city full of workers that are dead inside.”
Formed by Diego García (vocals, guitars) and Alex de Lucas (vocals, bass), The Parrots burst into the music world in 2014 with a handful of independently released singles. Along with Hinds and Los Nastys, the Madrid trio-turned-duo helped reinvigorate visceral, undiluted guitar music in recent years, bringing back fun and a mischievous sensibility to rock n’ roll. The Parrots have toured around the world, utterly entrancing live audiences with their blazing punk ferocity. They have also found a home in revered London label Heavenly Recordings who put out their debut full-length album Los Niños Sin Miedo in 2016 to widespread positive acclaim. Ever since they have continued to push the boundaries of rock.
The Parrots will also be heading back out on the road in early 2022 and have confirmed the following UK tour dates.
UK TOUR DATES:
1/25/2022 – Elsewhere, Margate
1/26/2022 – The Joiners, Southampton
1/27/2022 – The Louisiana, Bristol
1/28/2022 – Moth Club, London
1/29/2022 – Esquires, Bedford
1/30/2022 – Hare and Hounds 2, Birmingham
1/31/2022 – Yes (Pink Room), Manchester
2/1/2022 – Broadcast, Glasgow
2/2/2022 – Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds