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The 2002 IndepenDisc of the Year!

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STYLE: New "Retro" Wave               HOME TOWN: Somewhere in Sweden

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Issue #41                                 Sept. ‘02

Prologue: In March ’02 we Featured and reviewed AderPale, a CD by the Swedish band Parker. Due to its success and sell out in their native Nordic region (and the fact that they had a bunch of new songs) Parker re-released the CD with 7 of the original 10 AderPale songs plus 7 new songs and renamed it: Delusions of Grandeur.

Unsure of how to present a review of a disc we’ve already (half) reviewed, we decided to take Parker’s lead. Here they take the original disc and slide and shift the track order to fit the new material – Here, we will take the original review and slide and shift it to fit Delusions of Grandeur

What would you say if I told you that in Sweden there is a band that would have been right at home playing CBGB’s circa 1977? A band that not only wears it’s influences on their sleeve, but are dressed to the hilt in what the punk pop of New Wave embodied
with it’s return to basic stripped down fun Rock-n-Roll built around 3 chords and a whole lot of attitude. But, rather than come across as a nostalgia act, this band lets the Punk/New Wave homage build to a resounding ring of 21st century Rock
for every fan whose ever wanted to Roll.

Parker a self proclaimed “secret” band from Sweden consists of Eva, Carlos, and Klaus Parker. Their CD Delusions of Grandeur explodes into us with “Parker Theme” - 51 seconds of the most fierce poppy excitement to come along in ages, it rivals the Rocket To Russia era Ramones style. Beginning with a low rumbled vocal – “Let’s Go,” gatling gun snare drum, power pogoing bass, chord crashing guitars, a female shrieked “C’Mon,” intense high-strung lead, “1,2,3,4,” slow it down, pick it up, run with it. Run with the attitude, run with the mayhem, run with the rediscovered purity of Rock-n-Roll.

Big Nose” grinds us into submission with its heavy guitars screaming, crunching, slashing, and sliding all over the solid old school punk rhythm track, delivering novelty lyrics worthy of classic B-52’s. This could be a dance floor sensation quicker than you can say “Bap Bap Beloula.” The manic duel guitar solo and Big Nose’s novelty quickly directs us to the heart of Parker – Its addictive attraction derived through the power of complex minimalistic rock wrapped around a female point of view. It’s Eva’s sultry lovelorn vocal lead that the majority of these songs center on. Dishing the dirt on relationships of all types, the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Ugly” (Track 4) rips its intro right out of the late 70s punk scene and clubs the present over the head with it as Eva relates a beautiful tale of 2 people blissfully in love because they are both ugly. “You’re ugly / you really look awful / no doubt about that” … “All I can say / is lucky me / ‘cause I’m like you / I’m ugly too.” She is so happy because she realizes that without their so-called deficiencies, as defined by society, this wonderful love would not be possible – “If you were handsome / you wouldn’t even see me / Sad but true / If I was a model / we weren’t together / not me and you.” So touching are the sentiments expressed and set against the driving guitar hooks, that it’s not until we are singing along with the swelling vocals of this most unlikely heroine, “I like to kiss you with my eyes closed …” that we appreciate the power of Parker and their refreshing modern day New Wave Punk Pop sound.

Let’s Go To Bed” makes the bed and rips off the sheets simultaneously to a repeated cheesy Hammond sounding organ effect and slashing Punk riffs that have us pogoing as we’re tearing our clothes off in true party fashion. Echoing in our hearts and heads a grand statement that not only has Pop, Punk, and New Wave always been SO Rock-n-Roll - but so has the pleasure of listening to it.

Punk, contrary to what some may believe, was never a musical style, it was an attitude, and with that attitude came the music. New Wave was Punk as much as Punk was Punk, it didn’t matter if it was down and dirty crunchy 3 power chords and out, or if it was a slicker, more musically fabricated ditty with actual structure, as long as it was presented with the attitude of rebellious teenage Rock-n-Roll. One thing the Punk/New Wave movement of the late seventies taught us was that the bliss found in most of the simplistic basic tribal expressions of music was where the purest release/abandon/escape lie. But the twist was that when conflicted in an artistic statement of intricate cohesiveness within a composition; it could reach levels that render to one – the fabric, the core, the soul of life, and it’s fullest enjoyment.

A perfect contrast to this statement, but in complete agreement with it, is the song “Blind and Stupid.” A song that presents a 60s beatnik acid swirling mind boggling back beat that has the root of your body twitching to some sort of beach/surf dance - like the Fug and the Shimmy and the Susie Q - as background accompaniment to the story of a woman whose finds her lover is running around on her. She can’t believe her own gullibility and how Blind & Stupid she was to this fact, so now she wants to see him dead. It’s all summed up in the following lines: “But every time you left me / you fool around with other girls / gave me diseases that they had / I’d like to kill you dah’ling” delivered in a manner that conjures a mental picture of Eva Gabor as Lisa Douglas on Green Acres singing with a Parallel Lines era Debra Harry Blondie femme fatale mystique.

With the next few songs Parker embraces the focal point of the basis of creation within the Rock world as told with a Punk attitude. We meet people who are repressed to a point where the fanatic/frantic energy of the music that constantly drives us from a 3-chord proclamation is our only clue...

It isn’t until the final chorus of “Driving” is ringing through our ears (where it becomes more than evident that Eva’s vocals are being matched perfectly musically), with a furious chaos building, that we feel the song’s focus shift from a nice lazy sunny day drive to the woman’s desperate need to get home to her lover as soon as possible – faster and faster the music drives us along with this woman into total oblivion.

Blame It On Me” is a simple breakup song that reveals its complications through the foundations of musical attitude that bounce us off the walls just as the narrator is doing in trying to show restraint while dumping him.

Then in “Hip, Hip, Hooray” we find a forlorn soul celebrating her Birthday alone and be damned to let it spoil the mood,

I don’t mind
  I don’t care
  That no one’s here
  to celebrate me I have bought presents to me
  and me, myself and I
  are having fun
  Hip Hip Hip Hip Hip Hip Hooray

  It's my birthday
  I'm disco dancing alone
  celebrating myself, yes
  it's my birthday
  I have a party on my own

Impelling to the point of madness, we can see the middle fingers in the air as she she’s jumping up and down, and telling everyone to go hell. It releases a fury so tragic that the rage wells up in us too, and when the final sonic chords drop out of sight – well, damn girl, let’s you and I go get a beer and really celebrate ;-)

Delusions of Grandeur begins its conclusion with “Sunshine After The Rain” (A song, that if there was any justice in the world of music, would gain the significant airplay it deserves as the Hottest Single this side of the teenage Divas) This is 2:58 of some of the most perfect New Wave Pop to befall the ears since the heydays of vinyl singles. Swirling in lush hooks reminiscent of The Shoes, with a pop sensibility attributed to The B-52’s by way of Lene Lovich, and Martha Davis of The Motels, it offers the It’s A Beautiful World approach as one who is truly in love and expresses it with the attributes of such overlooked trivialities as; blueberry pie, a Cole Porter song, Italian shoes, a drink in the evening, a swim in the ocean, and more…Well, by the time Eva is blissfully declaring;

you're delicious, you're the best of meals
  you are ice in my favourite drink
  you're the man in every dream I dream
  you are a fine Cuban cigar
  perfect, that's what you are

you know that that cigar is being smoked in more ways than one - and the liberation in this joyousness comes through as the prolific instrumentation requires you to sing and dance with the chorus;

You are my sunshine after the rain
  make me feel good again
  I'm feeling so fine

Yes we do feel so fine, and we are won over by the glee that the musicians have taken in creating a Newness to the Retro sound of the Punk-Pop Wave.

By now I think you might be doubting my earlier claim that this is not a nostalgia trip, but I remain steadfast in my assertion that Paker embodies the musical edge that always needs to become apparent throughout the ages. The return to basic primal Rock-n-Roll was assured with it’s birth from the Blues / Big Band / Jazz meld that spawned it forth in the 50s and has been reborn by every generation in succession since. But, this I can say - in 2002 Parker achieves the forward progress of Pop returning to a basic primal form that it reaches us in the here and now - call it New “Retro” Wave. And Parker delivers on every level. Never have we heard a CD that so completely and accurately covers the genre sprawl that was New Wave and Punk, that begat Alt. Pop and Modern Rock, yet acknowledges its 50s Rock-n-Roll and 60s Garage Rock roots.

Blue Days, Black Nights” proves this. A song that dozens of Pop bands across the last 4 decades would’ve killed to cover. We could see this gem being done by everyone from The Troggs and The Standells, to Blondie and Romeo Void, to Garbage and Pink, not to mention The Sarfaris – Dig that Dick Dale styled surf guitar bouncing around. A tragic tale of a woman pining for the return of her lover, who of course has left not to return. Its darkness overtakes us just as the anguish consumes her to a point where the helpless madness is flawlessly conveyed in the sadly sinister guitar and Eva’s dead on emotional vocals. “Blue Days, Black Nights” also is the perfect set up for the CDs closer…

Thunder In My Heart” is a cover of a Leo Sayer song, (Yes you read that correct, A Leo “When I Need Love” Sayer tune). Here, Parker squeezes everything that works with a prime female lead: think Marilyn Monroe in a Black & White film, hesitating a moment before throwing herself into the arms of a man she thinks she might love, all the while crooning the swoon of the Title to a stripped bare acoustic strumming. Chilling and effective, out of contrast for the disc, yet the perfect fit for closing this amazing piece of work.

You want Power Punk Pop that reminds you that artistic inspiration is not only derived from the past but presents onward with a slant of the times? We’ve seen it since The Beatles reinvented the original Rock-n-Roll of the 50s, and with every movement since then. And, we see it again now – coming from a secret place in Sweden, Parker harkens us back to the pure joy of rebellious noise with attitude enough to spare for future cultures of our times.

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