“They rock like The Stooges, they dance like Tony Manero and they party harder than Keith Moon”
Sleazenation – August 2001
They’re naked, they’re loud, they’re riotous and they want your soul. They are The Parkinsons and they are here to shoot you up with the passion that has been missing from your life for so long and inject the current music scene with a long overdue kick up its saggy arse.
The three at the front, singer Alfonse, guitarist Victor and bassist Pedro met in their home town of Coimbra, Portugal, land of Madeira, Catholicism and boredom. Realising in each other a shared love of outrageous and amoral behaviour combined with a love of sleazy rock ’n‘ roll. (New York Dolls, Iggy Pop, MC5) They saw that there was only one way to go’h if you’re gonna implode young you might as well be a rock star.
Relocating to London the three Portuguese maniacs especially Al soon became known as the people to find if you wanted a wild time and it wasn’t long before their paths crossed with one Chris Low, who they soon enlisted on drumming duties. The embryonic band had begun their journey.
A few rehearsals later and the force of The Parkinsons could not be denied. The first gig took place in Soho to an unsuspecting audience. They blew the bloody roof off. Now only six months later and as many gigs under their belt The Parkinsons have built a reputation for chaos and revealed their penchant for getting naked on stage and attempting to abuse anyone or anything that refuses to worship at their alter of rock ‘n ‘roll damnation. Their energy on stage has been reported by one journalist as ‘making At the Drive in seem like The Corrs’ whilst another described Victor as the finest guitarist since The Clash’s Mick Jones. Lunatics they may be, but these boys can play.
It has been a long time since the UK music scene has produced a truly unique and exciting band. The wait is over! The Parkinsons are here and they are taking no prisoners.
Their first release will be the single ‘Bad Girl’ released through Fierce Panda in mid September.
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