Thursday, February 13, 2014 , Updated 12:00 p.m., February 18, 2014
Dallas folk band Parallel Play says Take Your Pants Off
The band's sophomore record will keep you laughing, in a good way.
With a name like Take Your Pants Off, it’s easy to see what kind of band Dallas’ Parallel Play is: a fun-loving group of musicians who don’t take their music or their sophomore album title too seriously. This light-hearted approach is indicative throughout the 11-track record. Through its shotgun lyrics and rambling songs, members of the group seem to never wipe the silly grins off their faces.
It’s been almost three years since we heard anything new from Parallel Play. In Take Your Pants Off, they don’t go easy on the frisky banjo or swinging upright bass, maintaining their folkin’ ways with predominantly faster numbers than their freshman album.
TYPO -- hey, that's a funny acronym for the sophomore album -- was mixed and produced by Salim Nourallah and is due out on February 18. The disc has a mind of its own, making it as much of a story as it is a musical rendition. “She Smiles Upside Down” encapsulates the band's quirky flavor in three and a half minutes, adding color at every turn.
If you’re not sold on frontman Jeremy Drake’s saucy tones, move to the sprinting banjo played by Jason Miears. “Single File” ends the record with a pulsing force, like a good chaser after a strong shot of whiskey. It's unlike the opening track, “When The Trail Is Cold,” which carries an indecisive pace and stop-and-start tempo. “Single File” slams the door shut on a rollicking record.
The band took a stab at the Gin Blossom’s “Found Out About You,” forgoing the '90s alt-rock front for a sprightly pace that makes it feel like a mirthful polka dance. One of Parallel Play's biggest strengths is its flexible harmonies. The band kept the original harmony-laden style intact for the verses, reinforcing the layered build in the chorus.
Take Your Pants Off lives up to its name, delivering jovial tunes that would make for a great companion on a sunny patio. The band celebrates the album release at Prophet Bar on February 22, where they’ll be playing with The Venetian Sailors, Single Issues and the Loyal Sally.