Produced by John Castle, 2010’s ‘Firestarter’ was to take Dan Parsons across the world, showcasing at LA’s Musexpo, Brighton UK’s Great Escape and Liverpool Sound City Festival.
In 2010/11 he set out on the epic and at times trying, 50 First Dates tour, eschewing the hipster haunts and seeking out the lesser known halls of Australia’s more mysterious towns.
Come 2012, It was an old reel to reel he would eventually return to when deciding how to approach his second album. Sourcing a bare bones assortment of equipment to compliment it, he set about teaching himself to record.
600 headphone-hours later, he emerged triumphant with an album which couldn’t possibly bare anything less than the mark of an artist who knows who they are and without irony- at peace with self-doubt.
The songs, on which Parsons played the majority of instruments, revolve around his voice and guitar- From the canyon canter of “Shoalhaven Night”, the psych-pop of “Lay it all Down”, the back-porch jamming of “Oh Baby, When You Say it Like That” to the numb ostinato of “Close Your Eyes, Let it End”, written for a childhood friend who took his life while Dan was on tour.
After many airports, bars, theatres and a 25 date tour with AUS/USA Bluegrass band ‘One Up, Two Down’, 2015 sees Parsons release the first taste of his third LP, a tale of forbidden love and hidden heartbreak. The song, entitled ‘I’ll Live and I’ll Die’, sonically strikes a confident balance between the acoustic intimacy of his 2013 self-titled release and the assured pop sensibilty of 2010’s ‘Firestarter’. The new album finds Parsons again working with Producer/Engineer, Robin Waters.
With just a voice and guitar, Dan Parsons sings intimate songs of failed love, great love, missing home, the intricacies and anxieties of the human experience.