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Parallel Lions is the result of a collaboration between Art of Fighting front man Ollie Browne, composer/sound designer Hamish Michael, and jazz drummer Sam Bates. They released their debut album "Holding Patterns" in Australia on October 30, 2009.
Formed in late-2008, the band, a new vehicle for Browne's ARIA award winning song-writing, aims to take the basis of what made Art Of Fighting popular; texture, melody and a sense of reflective melancholy, and update it for the late zeroes and beyond.
An emphasis on movement and rhythm, a fresh production approach, and collaboration with musicians from outside of his musical peer group has allowed Browne and Parallel Lions to reach beyond the more classic guitar band sound Art Of Fighting have found success in.
Parallel Lions debut album features 11 songs of forward thinking, modern guitar-based music. From the elegant, orchestral 'Taste of Your Heart', to the marching, breezy pop of 'Telephone Line', to the latin fused outburst of 'For You', the band's philosophy is to create coherent and memorable music via unconventional avenues.
Three of the tracks on "Holding Patterns" feature string sections scored by Melbourne jazz trumpeter Eugene Ball and recorded by the Silo Quartet. The recording was engineered and mixed by Sydney producer Tim Whitten (Clouds, Crow, The Necks, Powderfinger, Augie March) at Birdland and Newmarket studios May-June '09 with the financial assistance of Vic Rocks September '08 funding round.
Here's what some have said:
"One of the best Australian releases of the year" - Beat Magazine
"A plethora of incredible songs" - Mess+Noise
"Irresistible rhythmic and melodic hooks... beautifully crafted imagery" ★★★★ - The Brag
"Parallel Lions is a good move" - JMag
"A moody, private and intense debut" - The Drum Media
"A propulsive yet still vividly romantic affair" - thevine.com.au
"Predictably spectacular" - Time Off Magazine
Ollie Browne (Lead Vocal, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar), Hamish Michael (Electric Guitar, Backing Vocal, Piano, Programming, Samples, Synths, Glock, Bass), Sam Bates (Drums, Percussion)
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