Monday, 19 March 2012




The Parlotones will release their fourth studio album, Journey Through the Shadows, on May 8th worldwide.  The new album was recorded in Johannesburg and Cape Town during the final months of 2011 and includes 12 brand new tracks of their undeniable romantic and anthemic rock sound, while offering several surprises along the way.

The Parlotones have crafted the kind of melody-minded arena-filling songs that transcend language and culture barriers on Journey Through The Shadows. First single “Save Your Best Bits,” with its theme of not allowing negative things from the past to affect the good parts of your soul, and the celebratory “I Am Alive” are about catharsis. They chase those moments of universal human experience when everyone in the room is uplifted by a shared emotion. “My goal is to connect with people across the world, and I think the human condition is very similar regardless of where you are,” Morbee says. “I think the theme of these songs is hope and that life is worth living regardless of its ups and downs.”

That theme informs the album’s title, Journey Through The Shadows, which, Morbee explains, is a metaphor for the human experience. “You’re not given a guidebook or map at birth that guarantees the smoothest path,” he says. “Ultimately, we all walk through with a candle that only allows us to see so far in front of ourselves. You never know what’s around the corner, so it’s an analogy for life.”

Following a massive touring year that trekked through America, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Austria, Switzerland, Japan and their home country, South Africa’s biggest rock band will get right back to the road in 2012 with a stop at SXSW in Austin. Local fans will be able to see The Parlotones perform in South Africa before they launch a 27-city tour of the U.S. kicking off on May 17 at the Roxy in Los Angeles.  A full itinerary is available below. European/UK dates will be added shortly.


31 March K-Day Paarl
3 April             Oudshoorn                  KKNK
8 April             Cape Town                  Kirstenbosch Gardens
15 April           Durban                        Botanical Gardens
21/22 April      Big Top  Arena  Carnival City
May 17            Los Angeles, CA        Roxy Theatre
May 18            Scottsdale, AZ           Martini Ranch
May 21            Dallas, TX                   Prophet Bar
May 22            Austin, TX                  Stubbs Jr.
May 23            Houston, TX               Fitzgerald’s
May 25            Orlando, FL                Plaza Live
May 26            Atlanta, GA                Smiths Olde Bar
May 27            Chapel Hill, NC          Local 506
May 29            Washington, DC         DC9
May 30            Philadelphia, PA         World CafĂ© Live
June 1              New York, NY           Highline Ballroom
June 2              Boston, MA                Brighton Music Hall
June 3              Montreal, QC              Belmont
June 5              Toronto, ON               Lee’s Palace
June 6              Pontiac, MI                 Pike Room
June 7              Cleveland, OH             Beachland Ballroom
June 8              Chicago, IL                 Schubas
June 9              Minneapolis, MN        7th Street Entry
June 10            St. Louis, MO             Old Rock House
June 11            Lawrence, KS             Granada 
June 12            Denver, CO                 Larimer Lounge
June 13            Salt Lake City, UT      Urban Lounge
June 15            Seattle, WA                El Corazon
June 16            Vancouver, BC           Biltmore Cabaret
June 17            Portland, OR               Doug Fir
June 19            Sacramento, CA          Harlow’s
June 20            San Francisco, CA      Independent

The Parlotones’ three studio albums —2005’s Radiocontrolledrobot, 2007’s A World Next Door To Yours, and 2009’s Stardust Galaxies, have racked up numerous platinum and gold certifications and South African Music Awards, while their three live CD/DVD packages (culminating in 2010’s Live Design) have cemented their reputation as a fiery force to be reckoned with onstage. Confronted with the sight of powerfully expressive frontman Kahn Morbee leading the band — which also includes guitarist Paul Hodgson, bassist Glen Hodgson, and drummer Neil Pauw — to soaring emotional heights during their Fall 2011 club tour of the U.S., the Boston Herald predicted that “The Parlotones could become huge here. Killers huge, Muse huge, Coldplay huge.” Filter magazine reckoned that “their earnestness, work ethic, and charm may be their biggest weapons.”

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Raphael Domalik

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