If there’s anything that’s sure to get the Australian crowd riled up, and buzzing with energy, Melbourne’s own King Parrot will surely get the job done! We’ve already had a taste of what how they can go about handling themselves on the big stage back when Soundwave was still a “thing”, and now Download get to taste the same dosage, if not more! Unfamiliar with who King Parrot are? Never you fear, because OVERDRIVE have got you covered!
Matthew “Youngy” Young – Lead Vocals
Ari “Mr White” White – Guitar
Andrew “Squiz” Livingstone-Squires – Secondary Guitar
Wayne “Slatts” Slattery – Bass Guitar
Todd “Toddy” Hansen – Drums
King Parrot formed in Melbourne in 2010 with the original line-up of Matt Young (vocals), Ed Lacey and Ari White (guitar), Wayne “Slatts” Slattery (bass) and drummer Matt Rizzo.
After the release of The Stench of Hardcore Pub Trash EP in 2011, Lacey left King Parrot and was replaced by Andrew Livingstone-Squires, formerly of Dreadnaught and Cemetery Urn. The group recorded and independently released their debut full-length album Bite Your Head Off in 2012, which was picked up by UK based metal label Candlelight Records in 2013 for worldwide release. Shortly after the album’s release Rizzo was replaced by Matt “Skitz” Sanders, formerly of Damaged but the band’s heavy touring schedule meant he was replaced on overseas dates by Rob Brens of Alarum. King Parrot had by now established themselves as intense live act, and their unsettling sense of humour, most notably in their music video “Shit on the Liver”, which was a finalist in the 2013 Australian Music Video Awards.
After extensive touring within Australia, supporting Obituary, Carcass and Thy Art Is Murder, King Parrot were invited to play a number of prominent music festivals including an appearance at the 2013 Hammersonic Jakarta International Metal Festival in Indonesia, Australia’s Soundwave Festival and the 2014 SXSW in Austin, Texas, which was part of a 45-date North American tour. They later signed a management deal with Extreme Management Group in New York. Pantera and Down vocalist Phil Anselmo personally interviewed them on his Housecore Records YouTube channel.
In June 2014, at the end of their Australian tour with Carcass, it was announced that Todd Hansen would be taking over from Sanders. In late 2014 King Parrot recorded their second album Dead Set at Anselmo’s studio in Louisiana. It was released in May 2015 and peaked on the Australian albums chart at #21. Dead Set was nominated for an ARIA Award for Best Hard Rock or Heavy Metal Album that year but lost to Northlane‘s Node.
King Parrot toured Australian with Psycroptic and Revocation in early 2017, following which the band recorded their third album in Melbourne. Ugly Produce was released on September 22 and reached #21 on the ARIA chart.
Notably King Parrot have received accolades in being nominated for Metal Hammer’s Golden Gods Awards in the Best New Band category, as well as their ARIA Award nomination for Best Hard Rock or Heavy Metal Album. Might not have taken home the chocolates, but the nominations on their own are enough indication of how prominent these blokes are in Australian Metal.
They’ve had one hell of a hectic Tour schedule over the past couple of years, taking them all around the world. Time-warping back to 2014 King Parrot toured the Origin US/Canada Tour, and Down/Orange Gobline US/Canada Tour (December). 2015 saw them undergo the full Soundwave tour, Weedeater support Europe and USA (March-April), Dead Set Aussie Tour, Superjoint US Tour, and the Cattle Decapitation Tour (October). Keeping up with the pace in 2016 they toured with Soulfly through Europe/UK (January-March), Voivod US/Canada (May-July), and Obituary/Exodus again through Europe (October-November). Bringing us back to the present, 2017 has seen the King Parrot/Psycroptic/Revocation Australia/New Zealand Tour (February), recording their latest album Ugly Produce in April (and later releasing in September via Housecore (US), Agonia Records (Europe) and EVP Recordings (Australia)), as well as the Superjoint/Devildriver US Tour (September-October), and capping the year off with headlining shows in both UK (November) and Japan (November). Talk about an impressive resume!
If you cannot wait for Download Festival 2018 to get your King Parrot fix, they’re touring Nationally during December! Be sure to get on down, and lend the Jesters of Australian Metal as much energy and support as you can muster up! You can get your tickets HERE!
KING PARROT TOUR DATES:
Badlands – Perth, WA – Wednesday December 13
Uni Bar – Adelaide, SA – Thursday December 14
170 Russell – Melbourne, VIC – Friday December 15
The Factory, Sydney, NSW – Saturday December 16
The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD – Sunday December 17
YOU CAN CATCH KING PARROT AT MELBOURNE’S ICONIC FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE ON MARCH 24TH AS PART OF THE INAUGURAL AUSTRALIAN EDITION OF DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL. GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!