• Andy Shearer

Day 456 - Parliamo: Paul & Barry

When we last featured them we said we were looking forward to whatever Parliamo came up with next and they've really surpassed themselves with a new lineup, new sound, new label and this brilliant new single and video.

Perth 6-piece Parliamo (pronounced Par-Lee-Ammo) have announced their debut project The Parliamo Manifesto, alongside its lead single Paul & Barry.

With a heady live reputation preceding them, Parliamo have already been hailed as one of Scotland’s most exciting young prospects. Drawing from a plethora of influences from Groove Armada, The Avalanches and Massive Attack to Super Furry Animals, The Beta Band and Primal Scream – their witty social commentary–styled lyricism partnered with a unique songwriting approach suggest a band working beyond their years.

Sampling the droning bass harmonica in Dennis Wilson’s 1977 track Dreamer, Paul & Barry expertly weaves together the band's electronic and trip-hop influences with a swaying groove-laden indie rock sonic palette.


Of the new single, the band said: "The lyrics provide a tongue-in-cheek take on romance, with the Chuckle Brothers’ method of moving large objects used as metaphor for the awkward beauty of young love. We sped up the Dennis Wilson sample to provide the bouncy, baggy backdrop which drives the track along, whilst trying to merge the distinctive warmth of the 70’s recording sound with the more crisp, modern cowbells and 808s”.

For the accompanying video clip, the band collaborated with rising Scottish director Bonnie Macrae along with reputable Tayside clothing company, Manifesto – with the video eloquently telling a story of the implosion of a young relationship.


Backed by radio in the UK (BBC 6Music, Radio Scotland, Radio X) and in the US (via KEXP), their self proclaimed brand of "underground pop” is already turning a lot of heads. Citing influence from the likes of John Cooper-Clarke, The Avalanches, and Mike Skinner through to Groove Armada and Fatboy Slim, Parliamo are a true breath of fresh air, and certainly ones to watch in 2021.

Parliamo are: Jack Dailly (vocals), Finn Freeburn Morrison (guitar), Fraser Nicholson (bass), Mairi Sutherland (guitar, keys, vocals), Calum Simpson (guitar) and Andrew Haxton (drums).

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