Oh wow wow wow. Parenthetical Girls! Yes! What a brilliant live show. I left the gig so excitable that I did the whole ‘I’m so excited that I’m just going to talk to strangers about what I just saw’, which upon reflection is kind of weird but I seem to lose my judgment in all my excitement. I’d been waiting for what feels like forever to see Parenthetical Girls live, and they didn’t disappoint.
Within 40 seconds of opening their set (with the wonderful ‘A Song For Ellie Greenwich’, no less) Zac had jumped off the stage and was singing in the audience. He spent the whole set parading around the room in such a magnetic and amazing way. It was the last date of their tour and they were clearly down with just having a lot of fun.
I had a huge amount of fun and couldn’t stop grinning. They played a perfect mixture of songs from throughout their releases, including my favourite from ‘Safe As Houses’- ‘The Weight She Fell Under’. I was so excited and overjoyed to hear that song, as well as ‘Unmentionables’ from ‘Entanglements’ and ‘Evelyn McHale’ from their latest EP. Zac has such a beautiful playfulness, swinging from a bar on the ceiling and dangling his microphone from it. There was alot of sweet and witty banter. Rachel Jensen was just as incredible when she took center stage, and just as comical when she tried to take a swig of champagne… and then spat it all out because it was so bubbly. They were joined by drummer Jherek Bischoff and Former Ghosts man Freddy Ruppert.
Throughout the set Zac mentioned they were trying to sell their remaining merch. For their last song he went through the audience and danced upon the bar, round towards the merch booth. As soon as the set ended, he hopped down and right into the booth. Perfect. I loved their set so much and can’t wait to see them again. Such a fun, incredible live band. Everyone should go see them.
Former Ghosts headlined, and despite not knowing his material, I loved his set. He sang and danced with every ounce of energy in his body. It was loud and heavy and great fun. I’d love to see him play again. Listen to him. Ghost Bees were also there and were stunning… but I saw them the following two days as well, and will do plenty of gushing about them in my next posts… they are superb.