Although new to these shores, 22 year-old Brisbane, Australia native Dan Parsons is far from being a debutante on the international music scene.His vintage-tinted acoustically-lead debut album, “Old Brown Shoe”, was released in 2007, and in 2008 he began production on a second batch of songs. Making a bold move, Parsons scrapped these recordings with a view towards reinvention, and after six months of writing and experimentation he re-emerged with a new band, a new sound and an album’s worth of new material.
The transition was completed with the recruitment of collaborator James O’Brien (The Boat People) and producer John Castle.
The resulting (label debut) album, “Firestarter” maps Parsons’ own musical journey from his childhood world and into the future, unifying both his influences and his vision.
It displays Parsons’ uncommon ability to convey both intimacy and depth, to sound both nuanced and bombastic; embodied in particular by both planned singles – the simmering opening track “Run With Me” and the album’s rocking title track.
Fans of artists as broad ranging as Wilco and Foo Fighters will enjoy the melodies, harmonies and intelligent lyrics of this album.
Dan Parsons has confirmed he will be appearing at Brighton’s The Great Escape and Liverpool Sound City and will be arriving in the UK early May for the official launch of his debut album “Firestarter”.
May 7 Apple Store Regent Street, London, City Showcase
May 9 Bull and Gate London
May 10 O’ Neils Southend with Redtrack
May 12 Great Escape, afternoon showcase, Komedia (12-4pm)
May 13 Great Escape, Komedia Bar, evening slot (7pm onwards)
May 14 The Old Alehouse, Salisbury with Redtrack
May 15 Aussie BBQ, Cargo London
May 17 Milo Leeds
May 19 Liverpool Sound City
May 21 Aussie BBQ Sound City Liverpool
Dan Parsons “Firestarter”
Release Date May 24th
Label – Ground Control music