Put simply, The Parlotones are potentially South Africa’s biggest selling pop/rock act ever with 900,000+ albums sales worldwide. All the more impressive when you consider this has been achieved via independent record labels in just a few key markets. Double Platinum, Platinum and Gold Records saturate the band’s discography. Their live story is even more humbling having played live to over 2 million people in their career to date. Add to that the 1 Billion people that watched the band on TV as they opened the 2010 FIFA soccer World Cup, and you get a sense of this band’s success so far.
“It’s kinda surreal because it feels as fresh and as exciting as when we first started, but it’s an adventure that’s spanned 20 years,” reflects Kahn Morbee of The Parlotones, who are set to release their eighth album China on June 28 via OK! Good Records. Their new single, “Can You Feel It?” is a mammoth, yet fervent, alt rock jam that touches on the monumental “purpose of life” questions. Its accompanying music video takes the viewer on a mind-bending, anxiety inducing, hallucinatory journey through one person’s perspective throughout the city.