That was the premise for this live performance of “Curtains” by Parenthetical Girls, as they drove through Portland, Oregon to find the boat in question. It might look like an episode of Portlandia or Grimm but then again, both shows are shot in Portland, duh.
Jokes aside, the band find the boat and decided to perform and shoot. This is Part 1 of 4, and in full will be a documentary in support of the release of their Privilege album. In other words, more to come, including the spring tour to begin in two weeks (click here for full tour itinerary.)
If you’d like to read up on the boat itself, the S.S. Shasta, click here.
March and from SXSW, the Parenthetical Girls we go, and hopefully you too, as the trio will be hitting the road in early March towards the spring for a tour that will take them through Austin, Texas for schmoozing and performing. Here are the dates:
March 6… San Francisco, CA (TBA)
March 7… Berkeley, CA (Starry Plough)
March 8… Los Angeles, CA (The Smell)
March 9… Phoenix, AZ (Trunk Space)
March 10… Albuquerque, NM (Low Spirits)
March 12… San Antonio, TX (Korova)
March 13-16… Austin, TX (SXSW)
March 17… Dallas, TX (Spillover Music Festival)
March 19… Birmingham AL (Bottletree)
March 20… Atlanta, GA (The Earl)
March 21… Chapel Hill, NC (Local 506)
March 22… Washington, DC (TBA)
March 23… Philadelphia, PA (PhilaMOCA)
March 24… Hamden, CT (Outer Space)
March 25… Brooklyn, NY (Glasslands)
March 26… New York, New York (Bowery Electric)
March 27… Montreal, QB (Divan Orange)
March 28… Toronto, ON (Double Double Land)
March 29… Ann Arbor, MI (Arbor Vitae)
March 30… Chicago, IL (Empty Bottle)
March 31… Minneapolis, MN (TBA)
April 2… Denver, CO (Hi Dive)
April 3… Salt Lake City, UT (Kilby Court)
April 4… Boise, ID ( Flying M)
April 7… Seattle, WA (Chop Suey)
Now you will be treated with a song from their Privilege album, which is a collection of the 5-part 12″ EP series released throughout 2012. The LP and CD versions come with a bonus DVD featuring the seven videos made during the series.
As Parenthetical Girls continue to release music for their 12″ EP series, the trio are about to go on tour. Unlike a number of bands going on tour in the next few weeks, they will not be heading to this year’s SXSW, which is fine. However, they will be doing shows with Perfume Girls, and you’ll have a number of chances to see them. The show on March 3rd in Portland will feature AU, and then they’ll pause for a few weeks before braving the spring road textures.
March 3… Portland, OR (Doug Fir) #
March 21… San Francisco, CA (Cafe du Nord) *
March 22… Los Angeles, CA (Bootleg) *
March 23… San Diego, CA (Casbah) *
March 24… Tucson, AZ (Solar Culture) *
March 26… Denton, TX (Dan’s Silverleaf) *
March 27… Austin, TX (Lambert’s) *
March 29… Atlanta, GA (The Earl) *
March 30… Durham, NC (The Garage at Motorco) *
March 31… Arlington, VA (IOTA Club & Cafe) *
April 2… Philadelphia, PA (Johnny Brenda’s) *
April 3… New York, NY (Mercury Lounge) *
April 5… Brooklyn, NY (Glasslands) *
April 6… Northampton, MA (Iron Horse) *
April 7… Montreal, QC (Le Divan Orange) *
April 8… Toronto, ON (Drake Hotel) *
April 10… Chicago, IL (Schubas) *
April 11… Minneapolis, MN (Cedar Cultural Centre) *
April 13… Denver, CO (Hi Dive) *
April 14… Salt Lake City, UT (Kilby Court) *
April 17… Portland, OR (Mississippi Studios) *
April 18… Vancouver, BC (Biltmore) *
April 19… Seattle, WA (Crocodile) *
# = w/ AU
* = w/ Perfume Genius
Parenthetical Girls: The Privilege from Parenthetical Girls on Vimeo.
Parenthetical Girls “Evelyn McHale” from judesays on Vimeo.
Privilege (Slender Means Society) is the brand new album from Parenthetical Girls, but it’s not being released in one lump sum. Instead, the album will be sold as five individual 12″ EP’s, with the first, called On Death & Endearments, will be released on February 23rd.
There will be a video made for one song from each EP, and the first is called “Evelyn McHale”. Here’s the track listing for the EP:
1. Evelyn McHale
2. Someone Else’s Muse
1. On Death & Endearments
2. Found Drama I
The great thing about this series/album is that they’re still recording it. Each EP will be released quarterly in a limited edition of 500 copies, and in May 2011, the last EP will be released with a special box so that you can store the previous four installments and be able to hear the album as one. The artwork is being done by Jenny Mörtsell, and in the tradition of another band who explored the idea of multiple records, Kiss, each EP will be hand-numbered in the blood of each band member. In the future, when it is possible for normal humans to use DNA to bring back the dead, maybe Parenthetical Girls will be able to tour again in 2281.
The entire series will also be available digitally, but what’s the fun in that?