In this Preshow Rituals segment, the folk pop band, Parkville, reveals what they do before taking the stage. You can check out the story, after the break.
The Parkville pre-show ritual starts about two decades out from the event when Dylan (violin) will send a message to the rest of the Melbourne trio to remind them that a show is fast approaching. After leaving the message on ‘seen’ for a few days, Michael (keys) will send a high-quality but nonetheless unrelated meme and the looming performance will be ignored in chat until the day of the show when Liam (guitar) will ask us all what we’re planning to wear.
The idea of matching floral shirts will be floated and probably dismissed, and Dylan will ask if he can wear light-coloured jeans this time, to which we will tell him, no, light jeans would reveal to the audience how unreasonably long his legs are. We will ask Michael whether he has purchased new jeans since he keyboard-ed too hard and tore a hole in the last pair (he probably hasn’t).
As we arrive at the show, Dylan will unload his violin from his 2010 Hyundai Getz – a perfectly reasonably sized car for a violinist, I’m sure you’ll agree. Michael will unload his full-size 88 key keyboard in its heavy-duty flight case from its position occupying the entire length of his 2010 Hyundai Getz, leaving room for only one very uncomfortable passenger squeezed behind the driver’s seat. We’ll let you be the judge of whether Michael has made good life decisions.
Soundcheck is one of our favourite times because that’s where our manager Will first gets to hear any new songs we’ll be trying out that night. It’s great when he tells us he loves a song he just heard for the first time, but what’s even better is when he tells us the song is terrible and then the audience adores it.
After arriving at the venue we’ll make sure Liam has exactly one beer – no beers means he plays too fast, two beers too slow. Shortly before we go on to play, we head out of the venue onto the street and bust out some beautiful 3-part harmonies to the passers-by, and then we have a cute three-way hug, and then it’s time to get onstage and play our little hearts out.