The Lonely Parade
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The Lonely Parade

Peterborough, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

Peterborough, Ontario, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2012
Band Alternative Punk


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"New Canadiana :: The Lonely Parade"

There is a desire for the real and the raw on “Splenda Thief,” a title that reflects a need to strip away the artifice for an experience that can only be described as truthful. Slowly revealed over the course of the EP, The Lonely Parade use their music as a weapon of sonic destruction to strip away the feigned and the forced. The first half of their tape strikes physically, pulsating over a wall-of-sound and lo-fi vocals to awake the senses. Those physical sensations are brought into embracive light on the latter end, awakening a disclosure ceaselessly being uncovered but continuously being sought. - Weird Canada

"The Lonely Parade, The Ship, St John's NL, April 25 2015"

Peterborough, Ontario's the Lonely Parade made their intentions clear right away, as the trio broke into a jittery opening that, like the rest of their set, seemed to take a left turn at every stop. Bassist/singer Charlotte Dempsey demonstrated on their first song her authoritative voice, which commands one's attention. But she and co-singer/guitarist Augusta Veno were supported from every direction by excellent musicianship, too.

Drummer Ani Climenhage drove the band through the breakdowns of "Depression Song," and Dempsey followed every twist in the rhythm sharply. Meanwhile, Veno's voice possessed a more anxious, pissed-off quality, conveying a sneer that was belied by her smile during one song that gave "a very detailed account" of puking in a significant other's house.

Their songs are unpredictable, jazzy, the type that require endless practice and substantial chops, and Climenhage punctuates it all with busy, persnickety rim hits that decorate the songs and underscore the youthful malaise of songs like "She Can Wait."

Guitar-driven indie rock can be boring, but the Lonely Parade bend and twist conventions to create inventive, compelling songs that evince a fluency in, and love for, a wide span of musical genres, often in the same song. Punk, jazz, psych, garage, surf — the Lonely Parade pull from a host of influences, and the result is captivating. - Exclaim!

"Why The Lonely Parade Rules by Claire Whitehead"

The Lonely Parade completely caught me off guard the first time I saw them. Seeing this band play is like witnessing all of the smartest musical ideas unleashed in a 3-piece of creative freedom. I literally cried. With a drummer who can ride through almost any beat imaginable, a bassist who plays counter melodies with the guitar while cementing a sweet groove, and a guitarist who takes risks with refreshingly inventive riffs, you can’t help but smile-cry out loud, or just in your heart. Their songs keep you hooked, rolling out like a choose-your-own-adventure storybook, changing confidently to new and unexpected melodic territory that keeps you excited for the next turn.

When it comes to lyrics, The Lonely Parade draws on themes as old as the Greek myth of Icarus and as current as last night’s punk show. Though the members are young in age, lyrics like “I don’t want to have to pay just to make more money” show their insightful wisdom and passionate resistance towards the society they see themselves aging into.

With the creativity and passionate intention behind both lyrics and musical arrangements The Lonely Parade will fill your spirit with inspiration to go forth and start your own adventure! - Kazoo! Fest


Sheer Luxury - June 2014
Splenda Thief EP - February 2015



The Lonely Parade is a band of three young women from Peterborough, ON who make strange raucous music punctuated with surf beats and sharp twists and turns. They have been compared to the likes of the Minutemen crossed with Bikini Kill. Their angular punk is unlike any specific genre, and “Seeing this band play is like witnessing all of the smartest musical ideas unleashed in a 3-piece of creative freedom” (Claire Whitehead for Kazoo! Fest). It’s bewitching, gripping you by the collar and shaking your head up and down. 

Having just returned from an east coast jaunt where they made an appearance on the SappyFest X main stage, the Lonely Parade spent a day in Studio A at Revolutions Recording in Toronto with producer José Contréras of By Divine Right. They are currently finishing up the recordings and are looking forward to an early 2016 release date.

After having played local venues and cafés for a year and a half, the band recorded their début record Sheer Luxury through the Local Youth in Music program at Trent University’s campus radio station. The three agree that the true turning point in their career was being named the Peterborough Folk Festival’s 2014 Emerging Artists, a title once awarded to Canadian Singer Songwriter Serena Rider. The weekend was a whirlwind of surreal experiences, including opening for Constantines (henceforth being dubbed frontman Bry Webb’s “new favourite band”), playing a secret show with The Burning Hell, and filming their first Exclaim! TV x Pinball Session, which became the #7 most popular Exclaim! video for the month of September. The band then went on to play many other festivals such as Lawnya Vawnya, Kazoo! Fest, and SappyFest, as well as two east coast tours with Peterborough band BEEF BOYS.

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