Formed in February 2011, Parade Grounds was drummed up by Brooklyn-based guitar player and singer Jared Sochinsky. With a self-titled album released last summer consisting of seven musical gems, the band is set on creating music that is raw with emotion and topped with an indie/folk sound.
The band's journey may have taken a while to come together, but their music is all the better for it. Sochinsky had been set up to go on tour with Delta Spirit, but due to time restrictions, it didn't work out. Not to be deterred, he decided to create his own band, recruiting friends Ryan Parker (drums), Doug Drewes (bass), and Andy Emereitz (keyboard). Once they started jamming together, it all clicked. Their first performance as a band was at the now-defunct Brooklyn venue Southpaw, which was also the catalyst for creating their record Parade Grounds. With the help of a generous Kickstarter campaign, they were able to create the album and go on tour to promote it.
Some songs on the album, including "All That I Need" and "When I Wake," are love songs gone wrong. We can all relate to breakups and the heartache that inevitably follows. Another personal favorite is "Don't You Know," which focuses on the depression that America recently experienced and how it sadly affected families. Starting off with harmonics, the slow swaying song really hits you hard when you listen to the lyrics.
Parade Grounds is currently on tour and working on their second album, so if you are in the NYC area, go check them out and their new tunes. You can also stream the entire album on Bandcamp.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
1/10/13 - The Gutter (200 North 14th Street Brooklyn, NY 11211)
1/25/13 - Bar 4 (444 7th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215)
2/1/13 - Roots Cafe (639 5th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215)
3/5/13 - Freddy's Back Room (627 5th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215)