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Parachute Youth: Supporting Rudimental is not a clash of interests

PY 300x200 Parachute Youth: Supporting Rudimental is not a clash of interestsIt’s quite the oddity; finding an Australian electronic music group and not instantly thinking of Pendulum. Hold Your Colour was the first album I ever purchased that, to this day, I don’t mind admitting I bought (S Club 7’s debut album, aged 8, is a particular lowlight).

Since then, I’ve not heard many bands that had quite the same kick as Pendulum did. Their unbelievable fusion of metal guitars and house-typical synths were unmatchable – and then I found Parachute Youth.

Their track Can’t Get Better Than This, set for a June release this year, is something of a clubland diamond. Those of us with a penchant for mystical intros, recurring vocal hooks and a beat which wouldn’t go amiss on a deep house track, will be all too aware of the track.

I’m not comparing Parachute Youth with Pendulum at all; they’re very different. But their stage presence and “fresh-factor” draw some real similarities. I caught up with Jonny Castro, one half of the Australian duo, and what I found was a story of two friends, who met in an Australian bar and suddenly had greatness thrust upon them.

Castro, along with Parachute Youth bandmate Matt K Von, are currently preparing to support mega-acts Rudimental and Fenech Soler on tour this year – interesting as both groups are, essentially, competition in the same market.

“Having artists push the same sound and performing it as eagerly as us is a real honour and experience,” Castro tells me (Jonny, of PY, not Fidel). “Supporting these artists means we want to share the experience with them and become a part of their world, the whole experience is really about enjoying a display of electronic music at its best,” he adds.

The dance duo are highly expectant of the tours, which to the learned eye look as though they will be electro-heaven.

“We are absolutely thrilled to get the opportunity to support such great artists in Europe,” Jonny says. “It’s going to be an amazing experience showcasing our own music as well as playing with artists who we are huge fans of. Both shows should prove to be great gigs.”

While we await a Parachute Youth album, fans can definitely whet their appetites at the Rudimental tour dates and, in particular, at my local festival in Essex; FSTVL on the 25th May.

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