The Parlotones are Kahn Morbee, Neil Pauw and brothers Glen and Paul Hodgson. They formed over 10 years ago and achieved massive success in their home country of South Africa.
They released their first album Episoda in 2003 and have since released five more studio albums: radiocontrolledrobot(2005), A World Next Door to Yours (2007), Stardust Galaxies (2009), Journey Through the Shadows (2012) and Stand Like Giants (2013). They have also released two live albums, Unplugged (2008) and Live Design (2010).
Radiocontrolledrobot and Stardust Galaxies both won a South African Music Award (SAMA) for “Best Rock Album”.
When The Parlotones originally formed they were described an Alternative band, and were heavily influenced by British bands like The Cure, The Smiths and newer bands like Radiohead and Coldplay. Later on they were called Indie, Rock and Pop.
The band has toured internationally since 2007, spending months on the road in the UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and North America. They have also toured in South America, Canada, Australia, Japan and Russia.
They have toured with Coldplay, Starsailor, Snow Patrol and Blue October.
They have been involved with Earth Hour, Live Earth, Nelson Mandela’s 46664 and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, Rhino Force, United Against Malaria and in 2012 they climbed Mt Kilimanjaro as part of gesture to end violence against women and children in Africa.