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by Parker

The new CD by parker examines the point in our lives where we reach moments of personal crisis and how close we come to destruction in our everyday existance. A blend of The Verve,Snow Patrol and Crowded House.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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1. Twenty-Twenty
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2. 18 Stories Down
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3. Love Myself
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4. Cloudy (Chance of Rain)
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5. Just Say When
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6. Four Minute Warning
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7. So Wonderful Beautiful
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8. What Happened to Me?
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9. Oblivion
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10. Head Down
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11. Lip Synch
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12. S.S. Companion (Bonus Track)
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Album Notes
Parker is fronted and creatively built around songs co-written by singer/songwriter Tom McNeil and songwriter/singer/producer Thomas Ryder Payne.

The new CD "BOMBSHELL" by parker examines the point in our lives where we reach moments of personal crisis and how close we come to destruction in our everyday existence.

Tom McNeil was the lead singer and principal songwriter for the popular Toronto band Freshwater Drum, who were a constant fixture in the Toronto music scene for over a decade. The band built a strong following sharing the stage with such acts as:The Barenaked Ladies, The Lowest of the Low, Edie Brickell, 54-40 and Finger 11.They released their first album "Classical Fish", followed by their second release"Diving Horse", for which they received the FactoIndependent Loan award.

Thomas Ryder Payne is a Toronto-based producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, performer and sound designer. As a session musician, he has played with Howie Beck,Wild Strawberries, Kathryn Rose, Jonathan Seet and many more.

After spending 6 years recording and touring with the band Joydrop (including writing the top 20 single “Sometimes Wanna Die”), Thomas has been working mostly as a producer (focusing on up and coming artists like The Populars, Rebekah Higgs, The Blue Raincoats, among others) and as a composer/sound designer for the theatre,receiving 2 Dora nominations for Leo (Tarragon) and bloom (Modern Times) last year. Thomas is also a prolific songwriter, working as a solo act and in colaboration with others artists.

Parker's song "Love Myself" from their new release, was featured on the Global Television sitcom "The Jane Show".



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the music from Bombshell is amazing; I can almost promise that good things will happen for Parker

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Where only the name is new, Toronto-based Parker is no stranger to the stage or recording studio.

Surrounded by talented session people and the extended band the principles of Parker who brings you this outstanding 12-song, debut album are Tom McNeil (singer/songwriter) and Thomas Ryder Payne
(songwriter/singer/producer). Tom is lead singer of Parker and may be known better in the Toronto music scene as the leader singer/songwriter in the band Freshwater Drum that recorded and released two albums; he has also given the push several times with new bands in the recording studio.
Thomas plays nearly every instrument including the string and horn arrangements on Bombshell; previously in the group Joydrop for nearly six years he has also enjoyed extensive recording time with up and coming groups.

All songs on the CD Bombshell are written (Tom and Thomas), performed, recorded and engineered by Parker.

Bombshell opens with the high-energy toe tapper "Twenty-Twenty". The band's harmonies shine all the way through it's infectiously charming chorus...

"...then again they only talk in money
then again hind sight's twenty-twenty
they've got nothing to show if any
one headache too many
and it's two weeks to election day
it's two weeks to election day..."

"18 Stories" down is track two, one of my favourites of many on this disc. The sound is reminiscent of a Wild Strawberries melody, afterall Thomas Ryder Payne performed as a session musician with the group. The fresh rhythm which carries the song is a listening pleasure.

Amber Scott and Kathryn Rose share vocals and harmonies with lead singer Tom McNeil throughout the CD which are spectacular; they sincerely compliment one another.

A woman's giggle, snapping fingers and a very sexy vibe will greet you in the opening of "Love Myself", the third track on Bombshell. This is the only song on the CD that's written alone by Thomas Ryder Payne. It's slightly haunting, slightly libido charging. Light a few scented candles, put this on and you'll be tripping the night el fantastico; and be sure to invite someone to enjoy the experience with you. This song was recently featured on the Global Television sitcom "The Jane Show".

Up next is more brilliant songwriting in "Cloudy (Chance of Rain)". It's not complex writing that would have a coffee house crowd break off into groups to discuss the music; it's the purity of the simplest thoughts that create a mental image bigger and bolder than HDTV. Amber Scott adds to the songwriting of this song.

By now you have noticed the sound and direction of Parker in this CD Bombshell is very clever, mature music that could easily chart on any Adult Contemporary station across Canada and I have a hunch they'll be warmly welcomed in Europe and the United States.

Track 5 "Just Say When" takes you for a romantic, rhythmic journey. Alison Porter's violin performance is beautiful. Although totally original their's a distinctive hint of Coldplay in this song that my ears recognize.

A slight splash of Latin jazz from the trumpet of Sarah McElcheron can be heard in "Four Minute Warning" and it's bittersweet lyrics of love and loss...

"...well you threw me out and you stood me up
table for one 'til the sun come around
received your postcard
three weeks too late
are you ready for the fallout?
happy birthday..."

"So Wonderful Beautiful" is track 7 and what a music experience awaits you in the opening of this song. It's impressive arrangement segues into a great piano driven, pseudo-Fab 4 up-tempo jingle from Thomas Ryder Payne.

With the fresh, clean sound of what you would hear on a Pet Shop Boys CD "What Happened To Me" delivers an equally, relaxation sensation. More distinctive, original piano playing for you to enjoy.

The slightly more progressive "Oblivion" has a great beat with it's drums from Thomas and more trumpet from Sarah. Stellar harmonies come racing in towards the end of this selection as it closes with an amazing, sci-fi like musical arrangement.

Track 10 caught me off guard. A slight Beatles vibe can be heard in Parker's music but I thought I was listening to Paul McCartney singing and strumming on his guitar when "Head Down" came out of my speakers. Mind blowing how similar Tom sounds like Sir Paul in this selection. I'm smiling all the way through this and loving it. I've said their's not a lot of feel-good, straight-from-the-heart music being written and recorded this decade and this is one of the few songs that set the new standard.

Unique guitar playing will be found in "Lip-Sync" along with it's impressive guitar solo in addition to standout harmonies.

"S.S. Companion" closes Bombshell. Another up-tempo song with simple lyrics that say so much.

The artwork on the CD cover, back and liner notes is high end professional photography. As I write this I'm enjoying going through the liner notes, song-by-song appreciating each page for it's chosen selection of art used in the background, enhancing my listening experience.

Their was no rush in producing this CD; you can just tell by it's sound and feel. The band took their time as experienced musicians do in creating a product they can be proud of. Parker certainly share their gift of music for you to enjoy. Recommended.

Chris White