Interview: Parlotones

By on Wednesday, 12th May 2010 at 12:00 pm

To sports fans and football enthusiasts – err, make that soccer enthusiasts to those in the US – who are counting down the days to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, it won’t be long now. But to the rest of you who are oblivious to one the greatest tournaments in the history of human existence, the World Cup in South Africa kicks off on June 11th and continues for one glorious month.

Equally noteworthy is the fact that South Africa’s biggest band, The Parlotones, will be playing with well renowned artists such as Alicia Keys and the Black Eyed Peas at a launch party the night before the global action begins.

Having released their latest album “Stardust Galaxies” in South Africa last October, the band plan to release the said LP to Europe this June. What’s more, since the release of their last album in 2007, The Parlotones have sold over 200,000 albums and 70,000 tickets in South Africa. No wonder why they’re the biggest band in their home country then.

But hey, why don’t you take a look at the Q and A session below that lead guitar and keyboard player Paul Hodgson was kind enough to partake in? Then take note of this up and rising band and their performance at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg on June 10th.

First off, what did you think when you heard that the band will be playing alongside well-known acts such as the Black Eyed Peas and Alicia Keys at the World Cup Kick Off celebration?
I felt sorry for those other bands! …. (Just joking)

Are you fans of either of these artists or the other bands that will also be playing?
I’m actually quite keen too see a band called BLK JKS, a band from Soweto in SA that have been living in America for a while now. Their album is really cool.

Will you be playing any new songs specifically for this event?
Nope, we’ve got limited time so it’ll just be the hits.

Speaking of the World Cup, how many of you are soccer fans?
I’m not a big sports guy, but I think I’ll root for Germany this year.

What are the future plans for the band?
To get bigger and better!

Since The Parlotones have become the biggest selling band in South Africa, what have been some of the band’s highlights in the last year?
Well our big show at the Dome was really cool. We filmed it for a dvd release of the show.

Finally, what are the band’s plans for the rest of year?
To go as far as we can, work really hard and hopefully reap the rewards.

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