PARAKEET – ” Sugar Rush / Summer Apathy “

Posted: February 2, 2018 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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When Mariko Doi of Yuck and James Thomas of band The History of Apple Pie got together to form Parakeet, they sought to create a raucous, thrashing punk band. It turned out that they were better at coating their noise in more of an alt pop patina, however. That’s what put them on the map with 2012’s Shonen Hearts EP, an effort that gained them buzzing popularity abroad in Japan and their UK home. Two EPs later, they’ve continued to refine their sound — one that’s both unabashedly loud and sugary fun — and will unleash it in all of its glory on their debut LP, KASAvia Lunar Ruins.

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Following lead single “Sugar Rush”, the duo has returned with a new track called “Summer Apathy”. As the title suggests, the track isn’t as lighthearted as the previous release, but the intricate guitar and bass work still manages to warm the cockles of your heart. With crunchy lines that point just slightly down at your shoes, the song encapsulates all the shine of a glorious summer day right alongside the too-cool sand of a lonely summer’s eve. Or, as the band puts it, “All the instruments are woven like a herringbone. It’s an ultimate heartbreak song.”

Members: Mariko Doi and James L Thomas

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“KASA”, Parakeet’s first studio album has the pure spirit of D.I.Y. All the tracks were recorded, mixed and mastered at home in London.
Of Japanese origin, Mariko has named their album KASA after seeing the artwork by Noriko Okaku, a Japanese fine artist and an animator based in London.
Mariko learned guitar when she was young and she came back to her roots this time after years of playing bass professionally. Her guitar, bass and vocal parts are well woven with each other. James‘ drum parts are tastefully played and solid. He has the policy of ‘No drum solos’.

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Their initial 2 piece, drums and bass approach has not changed. All the tracks make sense with drums and bass as Mariko is conscious of her bass parts not just playing root notes.
Mariko’s lyrics are heavily influenced by modern Japanese literature and existentialism. She likes to project a vivid picture of her story as if you are in it. 

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