The seeds of IN PARALLEL were planted late at night almost 5+ years ago in the back room of a picture frame shop. With nothing more than a looped electronic drum sample and a few guitars, the first notes became the framework of the song “Bridge and Tunnel.” This particular song and its lyric “walk through waves and wade where others won’t – choose your words, say what others don’t” became a mission statement of sorts – a musical rebirth for its four members.
It took multiple recordings for the band to get all the sounds on their debut EP ‘Broken Codes’ correct – so much so that they scrapped the first two versions entirely. The band was inspired by their love of dark 80’s pop and 90’s shoegaze and post-hardcore – creating a sound that aims to balance contrastingly melodic, expansive and ambient moments.
“As a band and as individuals, we believe you should question those in power. Our leaders should embody truth, decency, and empathy. They should seek to lift others up, not tear others down. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to VOTE tomorrow. Facts matter. Truth matters. Empathy matters.”- In Parallel
In Parallel consists of Lance Black, Jesse Fine, Ryan Parrish and Mark Nash. The band recorded the EP in Nashville with the help of their most devoted fans from previous projects (Celebrity/Hopesfall) through a crowdfunding campaign. Bypassing the traditional structure of the music industry gave the three-piece group the freedom to lean into technology, ultimately treading new territory both sonically and lyrically.
What others are saying about In Parallel’s ‘Fashioner‘:
“If you dig the Hum/Failure style of heavy shoegaze, you should definitely not sleep on this. It starts out on the slowcore side of things, with thick electric guitar tones, a jangly acoustic, and spacey atmospherics all swirling together, and it gradually builds to a hypnotic instrumental climax that really transports you to another world.”- Brooklynvegan
“…taking on a ’90s alt sound that’s bolstered by ’80s style dark pop…”- MXDWN
“…big expansive music, synth heavy, dripping with dreaminess. It’s bass heavy, and has a strong beat, so in that sense it reminds me, in some superficial ways, of early New Order…”- Jersey Beat
“…deep, provocative, haunting and chock full of the right amount of heavy…an epic record. The shoegaze meets alternative sound mixed with the right amount of ambience has made this album one of the best of 2020. Each song has its own identity and gets under your skin and gives you chills.”- AudioEclectica
“..marries ethereal guitars to a propulsive beat and sounds a little like a moodier U2.””- Brooklynvegan