Byron Bay five-piece Parcels fine-tune every intricate detail of their live performance. It’s happening even before they take the stage. Tonight, The Triffid is lit up by a sparkly backdrop of glittering streamers.
The band appear sporting seventies barbershop catalog hairdos and casual but coordinated attire. Welcomed by a loud cheer from the keen spectators, they waste no time cutting into their set. The first thing I notice is how cohesive they look as a group. They are a unit and play as such. Their look matches their sound, a mix of funk-pop and disco which makes you feel like you’ve been transported to a previous era.
The opening tunes are ‘Comedown’ and ‘Lightenup’. These two songs incorporate seamless harmonies and soaring synth sounds that bounce off catchy guitar-riffs - unique and equally distinctive to each song. The best part of the music is that you either feel electrified and elated by the guitar parts or seduced and swayed by the magical synths and chords, depending on what your focus is.
The only criticism I feel like leveling towards these boys is that this set list could be ordered better. It loses a bit of momentum in the middle, but no sooner am I thinking this the energy picks back up in time for the encores. Just when I thought it can’t get any spicier, out comes the sexy saxophone solos. The crowd goes wild.
Each member appears to be having the time of their life. They have amazing chemistry, clearly, all are mates and having fun. The crowd are dying to be a part of that energy.
Above all, this is possibly one of the tightest live bands I have ever witnessed. Everything is timed perfectly, and the energy is consistent throughout the entire show, especially the keys player. The fact Parcels have support from legends Daft Punk (who also produced some of the tracks on their album) is not surprising at all.
If you have the chance to catch the boys in the future, don your best dancing shoes and revel in the magic of Parcels! Highly anticipated and rightly so.
Words by Anna Leathem