Parkville are a chart-topping folk-pop trio from Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges. Cutting their teeth busking on the streets of Melbourne, bandmates Liam, Michael and Dylan soon developed a winning formula: a driving Mumford & Sons-style backbone featuring rich three-part vocal harmonies and soaring violin riffs, taking influence from The Beach Boys and Punch Brothers.
The band’s unique blend of contemporary folk and driving pop is hard to pin down, darting from fierce to theatrical to deeply evocative; the one constant in their music is their powerful and unconventional use of vocal harmony. Described by SYN Radio producer and Beat Magazine reviewer Paul Waxman as “always great at producing heartfelt, acoustic journeys,” the honesty in the band’s songwriting is clear from a single listen. As music journal Hhhhappy puts it – “if you’re not already across this band, it’s definitely time you changed that.”
Settling on their name in late 2017, the band didn’t take long to arrive at their first release as Parkville, The Peculiar Aftermath EP, from which singles Shining and Brando held #2 and #4 in the Triple J Unearthed charts for two consecutive weeks, as well as receiving Australia-wide airplay. The songs caught the attention of tastemakers like Triple J Executive Producer Tommy Faith, who said of Shining that “Ben Folds would enjoy this one on the headphones.” 2018 brought Parkville the opportunity to support international touring acts, including Kodaline at two sold out 170 Russell shows and a hugely successful headline show at the Toff in Town, which critics praised as “nothing short of spectacular” (The Real Songwriters of Melbourne).
Parkville’s latest single ‘Rooks’ marks a shift in perspective for the band, joining forces with producer Sean Kenihan of Northeast Party House to craft a hard-hitting pop anthem that can stand up to the best of them – “a truly epic slice of music” (Hhhhappy). ‘Rooks’ delights with its plethora of plot twists, leading Triple J’s Claire Mooney to praise its “vibrance and energy.”
With new singles on the horizon, Parkville are bringing their exciting brand of indie-folk pop to Majors in 2019.