10 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

For their second album, Essex, England’s Morning Parade continue where their self-titled debut left off. Produced by Animal Collective’s Ben Allen, Pure Adulterated Joy has an arena-pop-rock sound that straddles many decades. The synths are clearly ‘80s. The angst is pure ‘90s. And the execution could only occur after both those decades were well in the rearview. Thankfully, Morning Parade spare us the obnoxious levels of reverb most favored by bands in this second decade of the 2000s. Instead, they allow the guitars to cut through the rhythm section. A tune like “Love Thy Neighbor” immediately rewards this faith with an anthemic power that’s been a major component of the music since the first days of punk rock. Frontman Steve Sparrow is capable of great dynamics and “Car Alarms & Sleepless Nights” illustrates the band’s ability to take the slow lane without losing their power. In fact, it leads to the album’s finest instrumental work as the song reaches its middle. “Reality Dream” could be the anthem for anyone frustrated by the endless narcissism of ‘reality TV.’ 

EDITORS’ NOTES

For their second album, Essex, England’s Morning Parade continue where their self-titled debut left off. Produced by Animal Collective’s Ben Allen, Pure Adulterated Joy has an arena-pop-rock sound that straddles many decades. The synths are clearly ‘80s. The angst is pure ‘90s. And the execution could only occur after both those decades were well in the rearview. Thankfully, Morning Parade spare us the obnoxious levels of reverb most favored by bands in this second decade of the 2000s. Instead, they allow the guitars to cut through the rhythm section. A tune like “Love Thy Neighbor” immediately rewards this faith with an anthemic power that’s been a major component of the music since the first days of punk rock. Frontman Steve Sparrow is capable of great dynamics and “Car Alarms & Sleepless Nights” illustrates the band’s ability to take the slow lane without losing their power. In fact, it leads to the album’s finest instrumental work as the song reaches its middle. “Reality Dream” could be the anthem for anyone frustrated by the endless narcissism of ‘reality TV.’ 

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About Morning Parade

Formed in Harlow in 2008, the Essex five-piece Morning Parade consist of lead vocalist Steve Sparrow, guitarist Chad Thomas, bassist Phil Titus, keyboardist Ben Giddings, and drummer Andy Hayes. Combining trance-style synths with anthemic rock guitars in the same vein as Friendly Fires, Delphic, and Fenech-Soler, their energetic sound and low-key secret live gigs soon attracted the attention of various record labels, and eventually resulted in a major-label deal with Parlophone. Following support slots on U.K. tours by Florence + the Machine, Ash, and Tinchy Stryder, they began work on material with Blur producer Jason Cox at Damon Albarn's 13 Studios. Their first single, "Under the Stars," saw release in late 2010; it was followed by a succession of singles ("A&E," "On Your Shoulders," and "Us & Ourselves") in 2011. The band's self-titled debut full-length album came out in early 2012 on Parlophone. In 2014, Morning Parade returned with their sophomore album, Pure Adulterated Joy, featuring production from Animal Collective's Ben Allen. ~ Jon O'Brien

  • ORIGIN
    Harlow, Essex, England
  • FORMED
    2008

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