Paralandra -- The Journey to Street Magic
Until now, all of my posts have been based on destinations. I have done a lot of event gigs, and actually, that is part of the story of how I met this band the first time. Paralandra was playing a club I was doing some marketing and photography for, and they struck a chord with me. There was something about their talent that caught my attention. It made me want to find out more. They released their first full-length album last week called "Street Magic". It just seemed like the perfect time to do something new with my posts. I like to think I am more than a one-trick pony.
Music of Today
There are some genres of music that have stood the test of time. I love crooners and there is something about the music of Sinatra and Martin that transcends generations. Since I never had the opportunity to see them live, when I had the opportunity to see Michael Buble I jumped at the chance. He makes the music of Frank and Dean seem fresh again and his originals give us a new taste of the old style.
I see Paralandra much the same way. This band has the chops to cover Heart or Rush so well, but their original music pierces the barrier of time in a hard-driving fashion that lets you know Rock music is alive and well. In a generation of music that is really void of a ton of creativity and originality, Paralandra pounds home a beat that makes you want to shine your lights in the air craving more!
The Road for Paralandra
Parents make sacrifices for their kids, and many times those sacrifices are well worth it. Paul Carson chose to be a father and develop his career in a way that didn't have him on the traditional rocker's path. As time passed, he realized exactly how special that would become, because now he stands alongside his daughter, Casandra, with the band Paralandra. Rounding out this powerful display of hair and heavy metal flair is Sawyer Rikard on bass and Dakota Watson on drums.
Grinding it out and perfecting their art in local gigs worked into larger crowds further away from home. They have worked with amazing bands like Yngwie Malmsteen, Tantric, Saliva, Alter Bridge, Disturbed, and Breaking Benjamin. They have played festivals like Rocklahoma, DirtFest, Rock Fest, the NAMM Show, SXSW, and the Kiss Kruise.
I have had the opportunity to shoot photos and videos of them in the past. They are such an exciting band to work with. I will include a link to one of my favorite videos. I like this one because they were working some of their newer stuff into their sets. You can hear some songs on their new album.
Street Magic Album Release Party
Their new album, "Street Magic" dropped on October 22nd, and they celebrated in strong fashion at The Riff in Springfield, Missouri. Getting things fired up, Etched in Embers and The Many Colored Death opened the evening.
Paralandra said that they loved playing The Riff for the party because they started right there, so it seemed fitting to have this special night there. They played EVERY song on their new album, and it was so cool to hear all of the amazing cuts live.
Street Magic is available wherever you stream music. You can also order a CD by clicking here! The same day they released the album they let a new video fly as well. To conclude I will leave you with the link to that video, "For the Record", for you to enjoy. If you are looking for new music, and you love original tracks, you want to fill your ears with this band!
Check out the Video from Paralandra - For The Record
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I just wanted to say I can’t stop listening to the new album. It is flat out fantastic! But the surprise for me is one that on most albums takes the longest for me to get into. Weight less, from the first time I listened to it, it grabbed me! I believe the song is telling me things I’m going through in the past few weeks and in the days to come. Long story short I’ve been a supervisor for the last 20 years. I’ve decided to step down as a supervisor into an easier gig for my last couple years before retirement. I’m already starting to feel the weight lifting off my shoulders and soon hope to be weight less! Thank you Paralandra for the amazing song and your amazing voice Cassandra.
YES YES AND RESOUNDING YES!(non-registered)
The wife and I have been following this band since we saw them perform at the Hard Rock in Tulsa more than 4 years ago. We knew the first time we heard them that they were special with tight vocals and fantastic musicianship. That very night during the show I looked them up and ordered their first effort called All Fall Down online. Since that time we have probably seen them live over 20 times. We cannot get enough of this band. We have been anxiously waiting for everyone else to see what we see...ONE BADASS ROCK BAND!!! Thank you so much for writing such a great piece about Paralandra! You nailed it! With each release I have wondered how can they top this one. Well, they did it again with "Street Magic". We are floored by this album in which they have turned it up another notch ! How can they top this? Just keep watching. This band is going someplace! We have NO DOUBT!
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