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OK, bad news: new tunes from the Pet Shop Boys won’t release until January. But don’t despair! For those who can’t wait that long for their electro pop fix, there is good news! Parralox, the Australian band fronted by out singer John von Ahlen, is out now with their ninth studio album, Genesis.
“Everything we do is informed from a blend of 80’s music and current dance beats, specifically progressive house,” explains von Ahlen. “Genesis is more mature than anything we’ve ever produced, especially in terms of its songwriting. We’re finding more of our own style and exhibiting our own unique perspective.”
The band features female vocalists Johanna Gervin and Louise Love along with Bass Guitarist Ian Burden (formerly of The Human League). John von Ahlen is the lead vocalist; something that still surprises him.
“I never wanted to be a pop singer,” he admits. “I still don’t! I totally fell into it ass-backwards.”
For years, John von Ahlen was a music producer, specializing in production and engineering for other artists. But when it became “a soulless job,” he decided to challenge himself by taking the mic. He first launched The Tenth Stage, a very dark, gothic and theatrical band with an electronic element. However, he quickly learned he had pop music inside of him, and it needed to be heard.
In 2007, he collaborated with vocalist Rowena “Roxy” Martin on a new track he had written, “I Fell in Love with a Drum Machine”. The song was a hit and led to the duo recording their first album together, Electricity. It included the single, “Sharper Than a Knife”, heralded by Perez Hilton.
“The band has made its share of mistakes through the years, but we keep pushing on,” von Ahlen reflects. “All the time, I hear from musicians, ‘you gotta be committed, you can never give up’ and so many other cliché phrases like it. I almost want to rip my eyeballs out, but you know what? It really is true.”
Visit the band’s website.