Parlour Flames are ex-Oasis guitarist, Bonehead (aka Paul Arthurs) and Manchester-based musician and poet, Vinny Peculiar (aka Alan Wilkes).
Their self-produced and self-titled debut album is released on Cherry Red Records .
Sharing writing credits throughout, the pair recorded Parlour Flames between October and December 2012. Described as “an eclectic mix of guitar-based pop with a psychedelic twist”, the album is lyrically engaging and melodic and, with Vinny’s quirky, touching and sometimes funny lyrics, it is full of songs that tell their own, occasionally twisted, stories.
Bonehead’s orchestral guitars provide the sonic glue courtesy of the e-bow, which features on several tracks and, in addition to producing the record, the two played the majority of the instruments.
The debut album also features Che Beresford (Badly Drawn Boy) on drums and percussion, Semay Woo on cellos, Anna Zweck (Samson & Delilah) on flute and backing vocals and Bob Marsh (Badly Drawn Boy, I Am Kloot) on trumpets and flugelhorn. Ollie Collins (Cherry Ghost) also played bass on a couple of tracks.
Parlour Flames, which is, significantly, Bonehead’s first album release since leaving Oasis in 1999 will be released on CD, vinyl and download.
Bonehead and Vinny met through Smiths’ drummer Mike Joyce, and Bonehead played guitar on Vinny’s last solo album. They initially began working together with the intention of releasing an EP but, as recording progressed, the songs kept on coming, leading them to extend the remit and recruit a live band.
Parlour Flames debut album tracklisting:
1. Manchester Rain
2. Sunday Afternoon
3. Get In The Van
4. Never Heard Of You
5. I’m In A Band
6. Lonely Girls & Horses
7. Jump The Brook Ruth
8. Pop Music, Football & Girls
9. Broken Hearted Existentialism
10. Too Soon The Darkness