Q&A: Officer Parrot

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Q&A: Officer Parrot


Define your genre in five words or less:

So, someone is walking past as you guys are playing, they then go get a beer and tell their friend about you… what do they say?
“I pretended I was part of the band and they poured me this for free!”

How long have you been gigging and writing?
We’ve been gigging for a bit over two years, and have been lucky enough to be able to play all original sets right from the start.

What has been your favourite gig you’ve played to date?
Definitely the launch of our debut album One Day at The 303 in July last year, we had a great turn out and it was a really fun night.

Which band/artist would you most like to have a battle/showdown with?
Probably Rebecca Black. Do we have to give a reason?

What inspires or has influenced your music the most?
Artists like Beirut, Sufjan Stevens, The Shins, Radiohead, and Fleet Foxes have all had a lot of influence on our music. We’ve also spent a lot of time at folk music festivals which has certainly rubbed off on our song writing quite a bit.

What do you think a band has to do these days to succeed?
Ideally a key band member has to be held hostage by pirates, so that music sales can be advertised as contributing to the ransom fund. But seriously, if we knew the answer to this question, our secretary would be filling this out from the ninth storey of our beach house mansion in Miami.

Do you have any record releases to date? What? Where can I get it?
We sure do! We have an album called One Day that you can buy from Readings Bookshop, iTunes, or straight from us at a gig, which is the most fun option!

Why should everyone come and see your band?
Because we’re not quite like any other band. There’s a lot of variety and energy in our sets. Also, it’s cheaper than seeing a movie.

When are you playing live/releasing your album/EP/single/etc?
We’re playing at The Grace Darling with Canary, and Tulalah on Thursday February 16… Be there!