Put simply, The Parlotones are South Africa’s biggest selling pop/rock act ever. Recently celebrating their 20th anniversary as a band, The Parlotones (Kahn Morbee – Vocals/Guitar, Neil Pauw – Drums, Glen Hodgson – Bass/Keys/Backing Vocals, Paul Hodgson – Lead Guitar) have been praised for their unique songwriting, and expressive live performances, amassing a large and loyal fanbase from all over the globe.
With over 20 years and +900,000 albums sales worldwide, The Parlotones continue to develop their sound while staying true to their roots. After booking a week at the High Seas Studios in Johannesburg in 2018 to record three tracks the group emerged four months later, with twenty-five tracks, and the music that would become their OK!Good Records debut, China.
China blends monumental sounds and thrilling textures while touching on the deeper meaning of what it’s like to be human. From the opening track “Antidote” with its cool 90’s alternative vibes, to “Welcome the Wonderful” – a down tempo electro number, to the cinematic album closer “Goodbye to the Show,” The Parlotones explore and expand upon their wide range of influences.
The band initiated the creative process by working alongside two time Ivor Novello Award winner and Grammy-nominated songwriter Sacha Skarbek (best known for writing James Blunt’s hits “You’re Beautiful” & “Goodbye My Lover” as well as working with artists like Adele, Lana Del Rey, Jason Mraz, Tears For Fears, and more), Richard Archer (singer-songwriter, lead vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter of indie rock band Hard-Fi), along with English musician Sam Duckworth (Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly).
The Parlotones have toured extensively across the globe since 2007 and have played hundreds of shows and festivals including stops at T in the Park, V Fest, SXSW, and Canadian Music Week. They have also shared the stage with renown acts like Coldplay, Snow Patrol, Violent Femmes, and Imagine Dragons. One of the band’s many highlights came in 2009/2010 during their ‘Stardust Galaxies’ world tour as they sold out headline arena shows at the 20,000 capacity Coca Cola Dome in Johannesburg and the Grand West Arena in Cape Town. In 2010 the band also opened up the soccer World Cup, where they were broadcast to roughly 1 Billion people worldwide.
“The Parlotones could become huge here. Killers huge, Muse huge, Coldplay huge.”
– The Boston Herald
“South Africa is known for sought-after products such as diamonds, gold and vintage wines. If members of the multiplatinum-selling band The Parlotones have anything to do with it, music fans in the U.S. soon will be adding rock ‘n’ roll to the list of popular
South African exports.” – HuffPost
“Their earnestness, work ethic, and charm may be their biggest weapons.”
– Filter Magazine