Review by Bobby Green
If you like your indie rock like your Rice Krispies, with a bit of Snap Crackle and Pop then you’ll love Parliament Square’s self-titled debut LP. With its catchy hooks and well crafted sonic overtones I was loving it more and more with every listen.
Its opener ‘In My House’ glides along a stomping beat that brings me back to my indie heydays where a good groove made us Indie kids who like a dance get up onto the indie club dance floors and get all hot and sweaty. Even though this was a long time ago for me these lads who formed in 2012 really brought me back to a familiar place where a good live band were worth their weight in gold, because I still believe in Rock n Roll and anyone who knows anything about rock n roll will tell you, it’s all about the show.
Parliament Square have impressed live, bringing together experienced players Brendan Markham (Lead Vocals & founder member of “The Driven” signed to Polydor UK / Universal France), Ross Brennan (Guitar / Keys), Colin Bartley (Bass) & Karol Drea (Drums). And after supporting acts such as The Waterboys in the Big Top, Hozier in Dolans and performing at Indiependence 2016 they have built on their already loyal following a reputation as a band that deliver live. This doesn’t always translate into the studio, and sometimes visa versa but with this self-titled Debut they have built a solid foundation for a bright future.
Leave Forever has overtones of Primal Scream in their sultry prime while Silverback sounds like every great Indie Rock track you ever fell in love with, it has the right amount of Bowie / T Rex Glam with a little punch of New York Dolls Attitude splattered with a bit of Suede sonics.
Parliament Square by Parliament Square is a superb debut. I’ve fallen in love with, and followed bands who have taken 2 or 3 albums to get to this level. I will certainly be following Parliament Square for this long as I believe these lads have produced an album of great quality that only taps into a potential that could see them take on the world, and I love nothing more than watching a band grow into something outside of themselves.