We like to keep things varied with our Band of the Day feature so today, we’re bringing you an instrumental act in the form of The Parallax Method – with added input from a rocket scientist!
We are from Nottinghamshire / Derbyshire.
How did you meet?
We known each other for a long time. Danny and Dave were previously in a band called Isolysis together. Ben played bass for the band Spirytus and Danny filled in for Spirytus when they were between guitarists.
How long have you been playing together as a band?
As The Parallax Method, we have been playing for about 4 years.
Where does the name of the band come from?
Our manager’s sister, Dr Claire Parfitt is an actual real life rocket scientist and helped us research some cool scientific terms, she picked the name.
What are your influences – individually or as a band?
We have a very wide range of influences, but we all appreciate the same qualities in good music. Tesseract, Big Wreck, Opeth, In Flames, Primus, Creed, Eric Johnson, The Ocean, Plini, Periphery, Animals as Leaders, Queen,
Isis. The list goes on.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
We see our music as different movements based around one evolving composition. Being instrumental we have no boundaries and focus on how diverse we can make the music. We start at A and end at Z within a single track but aim to make each track flow through seamlessly but as diversely as possible. We rely on melody, carefully sculpted tones and grooves. Our main aim is working as a team. We aren’t a lead guitarist with a backing band.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Nope – we’re instrumental.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
We’ve played quite a few cool shows. When we started jamming together as a band we never intended to take it out of the rehearsal rooms, it was just three mates jamming music they love together. We got offered a show and thought we’d tried it out. Instrumental prog is obviously a niche genre, so we didn’t expect such a positive reception from people to be honest. Bloodstock sticks out as the most surprising reaction. We didn’t think that it would be received all that well at such a traditionally metal festival, but the crowd really dug it, the feedback we got blew us away.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
We are generally quite well behaved in all honesty. We enjoy fine foods and in depth discussions of tone! As a rule we try to relax and have a right good laugh. Rock n roll, eh?
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
- Bass- Musicman stingray 5 in a sansamp;
- Guitar- PRS guitars with Bare Knuckle pickups, Orange amps, Hawk picks
- Drums – Mapex, Meinl symbols, Evans drumheads, Vater sticks.
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
We are promoting our new video for the track – “You Gotta Be Squiddin’ Me!” out in a couple of months.
What are your plans for 2018?
We have a couple of summer shows coming up but generally the rest of the year and the beginning of 2019 is dedicated to writing our album. We have released 2 EPs so essentially this will be our debut album. It’s well underway but we record and mix it ourselves so it’s a lengthy process.
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
A tough one! Steven Wilson as the headline act. To open we would have to choose Arch Echo. We just saw them at Tech Fest and they blew us away. Although let’s be real…we would more than likely be opening for them…but in this scenario they would be our chosen openers.