Fort Worth Weekly

I’ve never been that interested in bluegrass, but Parallel Play rip through the genre’s conventions like a metal band that took up folk instruments just to prove that they could. Highly enjoyable, in other words.

Blitz Weekly

"They’re a rising star in the Dallas music scene and if you see their live show, you’ll see why." - Blitz Weekly

Parallel Play- Granada Theater

I have had the pleasure of working with Parallel Play now for just over a year, I'm grateful to call these talented people my friends. This video truly captures how much fun they are to work with, we hope you enjoy!Big thank you to my partner in crime as always FjrStudios for coming out to help with coverage Granada Theater this past Friday evening. Goodbammsho #Goodbammsho#BrentBaxterPhotography #DallasPhotography #ParallelPlay #GranadaTheater #LiveMusic #Folkon

Posted by Brent Baxter Photography on Saturday, August 22, 2015

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"The rollicking When She Says She Can’t masks its bruised heart with an up-tempo bluegrass shuffle: “That old diamond wedding ring / Don’t mean nothing now.” Despite its shadows, Lies sparkles." - Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Texas Monthly

"The result is a lot more fun to listen to than the narrative is to live through—which is, after all, the heart of most great songs with a banjo on ’em." - Texas Monthly

The Music Enthusiast

"From capturing morose feelings to at least attempting to make people stop and think about politicians for a moment, they dig deep, all the while hammering home the fact that alt-folk music can be spirited and invigorating." - The Music Enthusiast

Blitz Weekly

"With a swinging political protest jig, a mean country duet, a prog rock tune debating free will and more, there’s something for everyone in Bucket of Lies this election season." - Blitz Weekly


"This band knows how to have fun and they ain’t about to apologize for the way they do it." - GoodBAMMSho

VENTS Magazine

"With diverse influences ranging from 60s pop to 90s grunge to Zeppelin, the Pixies, and even a bit of swing, this motley crew shows off their musical chops and clever lyrics on Bucket of Lies." - VENTS Magazine

"There are moments when it seems Parallel Play is about to careen right off the rails, so full of vigor that its songs just gleefully explode. The Dallas-based folk foursome — Jeremy Drake, Jason Miears, Erin Gayden and Pappy McCall — doesn’t skimp on energy throughout its cheekily titled sophomore record, Take Your Pants Off. Such frantic enthusiasm occasionally obscures the smart lyrics (She Smiles Upside Down is a particularly sharp take on domestic dramas), but the instrumental hurly-burly is also impossible to ignore with anything but a big grin. Throw in the folked-up cover of Gin Blossoms’ Found Out About You you never knew you wanted, and Take Your Pants Off caps its silly seduction with a flourish." -

Pegasus News

"Take Your Pants Off lives up to its name, delivering jovial tunes that would make for a great companion on a sunny patio." - Pegasus News


"By the time the listener gets to the final track “Single File Line,” they feel like they have arrived at a fitting end to a cohesive, dynamic, and genuine piece of art." - GoodBAMMSho

Guide Live

"The most energetic of those was clearly Parallel Play. The alt-folk foursome of Jeremy Drake, Erin Gayden, Jason Miears and Pappy McCall took to the main stage for a rambunctious set of folk filtered through grungy rock. They played cuts from 2011′s The Floor’s Made of Lava! including “Racket” and “Annul” that crackled and pop thanks to Miears’ fiery banjo, Gayden’s thumping bass and McCall’s pounding drums. Drake on the microphone was pure manic entertainment." - Guide Live

Pegasus News

"Crowds instantly connected with their friendly tunes, stomping their feet, and creating merry dance circles throughout the room." - Pegasus News

Dallas Morning News

"Are you in need of a homespun pick-me-up? Local fiery folk trio Parallel Play works the stringed and percussive instruments across 10 tunes that clock in at barely 28 minutes. Listening to The Floor’s Made of Lava! is like swigging a super-protein smoothie shot. Even the group’s cover of the Cranberries’ “Linger” sounds like it’s been caffeinated. It’s all quirky fun, including “Fighting For,” “Twirlin’ You” and “Racket.” - Dallas Morning News

Americana UK

"More fun is always a good thing, and new band Parallel Play should bring a smile to the stiffest of upper lips. Their music is rooted in Sixties folk-pop, though with none of its po-faced earnestness but plenty of joie de vivre.They’re happy to sing whatever takes their fancy too, so the album includes covers of The Cranberries “Linger” and Green Day’s “Pulling Teeth”. Both are surprisingly successful to such an extent that if you hadn’t heard the originals you’d swear they were Play-penned. The band have great ragged harmonies, much acoustic plucking and while most of the original songs are fundamentally simple, boy meets girl, girl rejects boy (or worse still, ignores boy) pieces they’re sung with humour and passion (and even the occasional sense of bemusement – why was I rejected exactly?).

Pride of place goes to “The Cellar, the bands signature song, a glorious paean to zombies sung in the first person and featuring plenty of blood and gore and a surprisingly convincing and sympathetic presentation of the zombie world view. While not really a must-have album “...Lava” is worth checking out by all fans of acoustic folk-pop and the band show enough to suggest that they should be around for the long haul and producing some fine music along the way." - Americana UK

Dallas Observer

"Whether singing about twirlin' a partner on the dance floor or, well, zombies, each track is just as enigmatic and toe-tappin' and foot-stompin' as the last." - Dallas Observer

Pegasus News

"Fun loving and goofy, Parallel Play hit the ground running with their breakneck folk style on the Main Stage. Almost every song started and ended with vigor — leaving little time for lead singer Jeremy Drake to catch his breath. His happy-go-lucky approach is their signature; the stomping, shouting verses could make an entirely new genre deemed polka-folk. Beginning with the opening number, the sprightly crowd sang along, making the show more like a house party than a dimly lit set at the Prophet Bar." - Pegasus News

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