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The Parkas

Self-Titled CDEP

Little Records of Concrete

Genres: indie rock, seventies rock, indie pop

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July 15 - 21 2002

Hailing from Guelph, Ontario, The Parkas are a seventies-influenced rock band that certainly aren't afraid to wear their pop influences on their sleeves. While the recording on this album could certainly use some work, the band definitely has a nice style that could really fit in to the mainstream market, considering the whole retro-garage resurrection that's been occurring as of late. With a sound that combines elements of Sebadoh, Pavement, and even a bit of Elf Power, the band shows a lot of promise.

"Bus Station Blues," the best of the three real songs here (the fourth track is just a useless piano intro), is an instantly catchy track that almost seems lifted from a Flaming Lips album - except with more of a seventies feel to it. Meanwhile, "Scam the Tram" succeeds as a slightly country-influenced pop track with an extremely catchy chorus.

All around, this EP is very easy on the ears - it's good, clean fun with a wonderful eye for catchy pop. Too bad it's only twelve minutes long.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 12 min 9 sec; 4 tracks; distributed by the band; released 2002]