Exposure - Parka
Tomorrow’s music today. This issue: Parka
While the name might scream Ocean Colour Scene, Glasgow’s Parka’s two singles so far (‘If You Wanna?’ and ‘Disco Dancer’, both on Jeepster) actually combine the earthy rock of Stereophonics with a bit of The Rapture’s electronic funk. They’ve been championed by Zane Lowe and XFM, and even dadmag Q has lofted its thumbs aloft for the quintet, led by 23-year-old singer Matt Thomson
How did you all get together?
I was living in Glasgow at the time – I’m from Ayrshire – and I advertised for the other members. My first band was at school, though, and we thought we had it absolutely sussed. We made it onto a TV talent show called The Next Big Thing and lost, but it was a wee taster, and it did actually make me realise this is what I want to do.
You all live in London, don’t you?
Yeah, we moved down and grafted during the day, played almost every night. That’s where Jeepster heard about us, but I think it was actually at Oran Mor (in Glasgow) that they decided to sign us.
So when’s your debut album out?
It’s pencilled in for May. It’s currently called Attack of the Hundred Yard Hardman. I’m sure a lot of people who were raised in Scotland can relate to that expression; it’s basically saying, “Put your money where your mouth is”. A lot of the label guys who are based in London didn’t get it right away, though.
Parka play Capitol, Glasgow, Wed 5 Mar; Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, Fri 7 Mar.