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Parlor Walls’ music swims between chaos and restraint, straddling the line of
post-rock and avant-garde and something else entirely. Alyse Lamb’s guitar churns
a thick anthem as she belts and commands the stage at full throttle (think Wire’s
playful ache coupled with Siouxsie Sioux’s understated angst). Drums and synth
propel, both delivered in tandem by Christopher Mulligan. One limb cranks industrial
riffs while the other catapults dancing beats. Together the duo delivers a heavy dose
of colorful, rhythmic urgency intended to push, pull, shake and ignite.
The two musicians formed Parlor Walls in Brooklyn, NY, in 2014. With backgrounds
in visual art and dance, Lamb and Mulligan set out to create a world both visceral
and cinematic. The duo released two EPs on the independent label Famous
Swords before signing with experimental record label Northern Spy in 2016. Parlor
Walls released the critically-acclaimed debut LP Opposites in 2017, described by
Pitchfork as “lending new definition to the term heavy… with an urgency both
convincing and sophisticated.” The ep EXO followed in 2018, heralded by critics as
“beautiful and threatening.” Parlor Walls released their second LP, Heavy Tongue, in
March of 2020.
Parlor Walls has supported James Chance, OBNOX, Lucrecia Dalt, Oren Ambarchi,
A Place To Bury Strangers, Priests, Rhys Chatham, To Live And Shave In L.A., and