Parcels ‘Funk’ Leeds Up

If Disco and Funk had a baby, it’d be called Parcels.

The lights were out. The room dark. The audience silent.

A beam of golden light pierces the gloom. The Parcels logo illuminates the sky.

People cheer. People laugh. People cry. I think I even saw a guy in a wheelchair stand up.

Okay, those last two may have been a stretch, but it was still a cracking entrance.

Rocking a look that I can only describe as “Exceptionally 70s”, Parcels took to the stage with the kind of energy and excitement that can only really be mustered early in a tour. It was the second gig of this tour, and it seemed that Parcels were as excited to be there as the rest of us were.

As soon as they start playing, people start grooving. I’ve never seen a room take to dancing so quickly, so unanimously. But really, how could you not dance to rhythms like that? The thought is as inconceivable as trying to see the sunrise through the sole of your foot. When you have a captive audience like this, going high energy right out of the gate is the smart choice.

And just like that, the first song is over.

“Leeds, how you doing?” The drummer yells from his perch at the back. The crowd screams back at him, and he leans back making the silver sequins curtain that could have come from a high school prom behind him shake 

Taking the audience on a journey of their catalogue, featuring epic basslines and funky keyboard synths, there was an astounding amount of variety within that small subset of style. The energy levels of the set are well managed through, starting loud and exciting, mellowing out in the middle to allow the audience a breather, and ending strong with the crowd favourites.

The more chilled out songs like With Or Without are just as welcome in this shrine to music as the dancey, high tempo vibed tracks like Tied Up Right Now.

Ultimately Parcels gave a fantastic performance. The right level of showmanship and style was weaved within their set, the sounds were tight and clear, and the atmosphere they created one that let people just have some fun. Looking around the room, you could see real joy and genuine love of the music in many faces.

Parcels released their debut album, the creatively named Parcels, last month. They’ve worked with Daft Punk, performed at Glastonbury, and why are you still reading this and not listening to it yet?

They’re also still touring, carrying on to London, Paris and Amsterdam. Follow Parcels to stay updated on any future news. 

**** 4/5 stars

I'm a final year English Language and Literature student at the University of Leeds with a love of music. I bring music into every facet of my life, from getting the Leeds Griffins Quidditch Team pumped pre-game as their President, to writing music for small film projects with friends, it is the one constant in everything I do. I've previously worked with the BBC, Disney, Amazon Studios and looking to see where my love of music can take me once I graduate this year.

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