‘RadioControlledRobot’ is the first international release from South African band, The Parlotones. Formed in 1998, the band has slowly built up a name for themselves in their native South Africa having played at the Johannesburg leg of Live 8 in 2005.
First track, ‘Louder than Bombs’ is a high energy, guitar driven track that has already topped the charts in South Africa, whilst ‘Beautiful’ is a powerful, anthemic ballad that you could imagine stadiums of people swaying along to. Title track ‘RadioContorolledRobot’ is a much mellower, chill out guitar track.
The constant change in sound and tempo means this album draws you in and holds your attention throughout. With similarities to Snow Patrol, The Parlotones sound current and fit in comfortably with the present musical climate, however they bring just enough originality to stand out from the crowd.
With a slick sounding and highly polished mix of slow ballads and more up-tempo, up-beat songs this is an impressive album to introduce themselves to international audiences with. They’re definitely a band to look out for.
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