Cardiff based post-hardcore trio, Parla, launch a four track EP which is said to be the most organic body of work they have produced so far in their music journey. We can’t help but be intrigued when an EP is billed as laced with feeling, grit, and balls to the wall persistence, and if you have ever heard Parla before, you know they possess the skills within their music to achieve this description.
2020 was a strange time for the music industry but Parla took this time as an opportunity, the band put pen to paper and documented some of their material only previously seen at live shows at the same time as producing this EP.
First track up on the EP is ‘Cooper’s Drive’ the spine tingling guitar solo builds up to a mountain of post-hardcore riffs which sets the scene, it would find a nice home in set of the early noughties metal bands who lead the way for a band like Parla, but what is particularly grabbing about the track is the tempo changes and the feelings within the lyrics, you find yourself shouting out for more scream vocals within the song to give it that extra roughness it deserves.
It didn’t take long for that desired roughness to arrive with the next track ‘Human Contact’, pure emotion and driven sound that backs up the lyrical story which takes centre stage. The pain is apparent from the start of the track and this theme carries over to the next record, ‘Cars’, but unlike ‘Human Contact’ which represented a waterfall of thumping proportions, ‘Cars’ takes its time to go from a trickle of rain to a monsoon at the end.
‘Homesick’ pulls the curtain on this new EP and you go full circle back to the beginning textures of the EP opening song. As a whole this record is nicely balanced and you have to be impressed with the raw, open, and honest approach they come at you with the lyrics, you can’t help but wonder how polished this band can become with a few more years on the road and more releases, because after that experience you can hope for a massive album!
Written By Kess Anthony