We had a chat with Melbourne folk-pop trio Parkville to find out more about the artists behind their candid and evocative sound
Full transparency, until I stumbled across the wonderful single ‘Come Around‘ a few weeks ago, I had no idea who Melbourne folk-pop trio Parkville were, yet something about the track seemed to captivate me. Whether it was its rousing and uplifting tone, its candid and harrowingly relateable lyrics or even just its impeccable sense of fun, this trio on the other side of the world had struck a chord with me with their music like few others have.
Following a further 55 listens to the track, sporadic periods of reflection, and a root around their back catalogue, we reached out to the outfit to find out a little more about Parkville and the experiences that have shaped their unique sound.
Who TF are Parkville?
That’s us! Liam (guitar), Michael (keys) and Dylan (violin). We’re a band from the Dandenong ranges, we play upbeat folk-pop music, and we love complicated 3-part vocal harmonies. We’re very polite, your mum would like us.
How long have you been making music?
We played our first show together at an open mic night five years ago, but we started taking music-making seriously in late 2017, so i’m going to say two years.
Why do you make music?
Because it’s such a deceptively simple and accessible art form – a song by your favourite musician probably only goes for three minutes. Creatively, the playing field is very level – we’re solving the same puzzle as all our favourite artists, we’ve got three minutes to get our point across and do something interesting. That’s a very appealing challenge for us.
What are your biggest influences?
They vary greatly! Liam is heavily influenced by the pioneers of pop music, i.e The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson. Dylan is a jazz school graduate into 2000’s alternative rock (think Radiohead). Michael largely listens to film scores (Hans Zimmer anyone?) but he’s definitely partial to a bit of Mambo no. 5 too. You’d think it’d be hard for us to make music together with these disparate influences, but we just click.
What would you say has been your best moment so far?
The moment we got to support Kodaline on their international tour was pretty damn cool – both of their Melbourne shows at 170 Russell were sold out, and he crowd couldn’t have been more energetic. We’re still reeling 6 months later.
What do you want people to take away from your music?
If people walk away from one of our shows just feeling like the music was fun and they danced and had a good time, we’re happy. However, we definitely write songs, like our recent singles “Come Around” and “Walkabout,” about our own real experiences, and we hope that some people connect with those experiences and maybe feel a little less alone.
What’s your dream “I’ve made it” moment?
As soon as the Punch Brothers have any clue who we are, we’ll have made it.
We love your latest single ‘Come Around’ and feel it has an important message surrounding mental health, could you tell us some more about it?
I (Liam) wrote it over the course of several Friday morning hangovers. Self-care is important for mental health, and I find the best place to start is by taking pride in my own stupidity and having a laugh at myself. Yes, hard work prepares you for the future, but I much prefer to measure my life by the stories I get to tell people, even the bad ones! Slaving away at a 9-5 job, accruing debt for a bachelors degree, or partying every night? Ultimately, no one has any clue of what the future holds, so you might as well spend this short little existence of ours with the people we love, making memories.
What was the thought process behind its video?
We wanted to give our audience a chance to laugh at 3 grown-ass men, dealing with the hangover from hell. The idea was to make it look like they’re stuck in some kind of suburban neverland, that their bodies never truly adjusted to. They’re in their full suit of pyjamas, running down the street, smashing things, and resenting bathtime – all shot in a 90s VHS Aesthetic.
What is next for Parkville?
No rest for us – we’ll be touring this EP until February next year, and then we’re going to design a whole new live set. We’re really excited for what’s to come!
And finally, who is your biggest fan right now?
It used to be that we could definitively say it was one of our parents, but we’ve made some very supportive friends on our tours up to Sydney that could give them a run for their money! Shoutout to Han, Sez and Bianca, you’re awesome.
‘Come Around‘ is available now