Earlier this April Parlour Bells performed in the 2012 Rock and Roll Rumble. This was my third time in the Rumble (Delta Clutch & The Blizzard of 78) and it’s always an incredible experience. For us it was much more a music festival than a competition and the band worked very hard to prepare for our set. The end result was our best show to date and we walked off the stage a new band. The Rumble has a tendency to bring out the best in bands which was certainly true for us. Even though we didn’t advance to the semi-finals we made the most of the opportunity and turned some new people on to our thing.
Michael Marotta, Music Editor of The Boston Phoenix, said “Parlour Bells added a slick, moody firestorm of post-Hedwig neo-glam to the prelims and were defined by the commanding presence of guitarist Nate Leavitt.”
Back in March I flew out to Austin, TX for a couple days to play South by Southwest with Old Jack. It was my first time in Austin, never mind SXSW, and I had a great time playing, drinking Lone Star and eating Texas shaped waffles at my Super 8 Motel.
The band played two shows on a Saturday afternoon hosted by The Outlaw Roadshow and The Weekly Dig.