Originally called Crayon, the band rehearsed and wrote
songs in Neil’s dad’s garage.
A 4-song EP called Waxy Gods
was recorded and released in 1999.
Around 2000, the band changed their name to The Parlotones and recorded two more EPs: Ladies and Superstars. In 2003 they recorded the full-length album Episoda.
Recorded the full-length album “Episoda”.
The Parlotones recorded the Borderline Patrol EP in Durban. The album was recorded at Tropical Sweat Studios with Dave Birch, the singer and guitarist from Squeal.
Happy with the results of Borderline Patrol, the band returned to Dave Birch at Tropical Sweat Studios to record RadioControlledRobot, their second full-length album.
With the success of RadioControlledRobot, the band took the plunge and quit their jobs to pursue music full-time.
The Parlotones offered to take the last slot at the My Coke Fest 2006. This meant they would be playing after Collective Soul, Seether, Simple Plan, The Rasmus and Metallica. It was a bold move that caught the attention of the media and the public alike, putting the spotlight on The Parlotones that night.
won the South African Music Award for Best Rock Album. This was a huge achievement for such a relatively young band; especially as they were in the same category as industry heavyweights Karen Zoid, Arno Carstens, Seether and The Narrow.
The Parlotones opened for Live in Johannesburg,
Cape Town and Durban.
The Parlotones travelled to the UK for the first time, opening for Prime Circle and Springbok Nude Girls at
The Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London.
The Parlotones recorded their next album at Bellville Studios in Cape Town with Theo Crous from the Springbok Nude Girls. Inspired, in part, by contrasting their life in a touring band to that of the corporate world, the album was titled A World Next Door to Yours.
The Parlotones returned to Theo Crous at Bellville Studios to record their next album, Stardust Galaxies.
The band attended and performed at MIDEM in Cannes (France), Canadian Music Week in Toronto (Canada) and South by Southwest in Austin (USA).
While at MIDEM, The Parlotones were offered an extra last-minute performance; the only catch was that they would have to play after Blue October and have very limited time to set up and prepare. The band gladly took the opportunity and caught the attention of Blue October. This later led to The Parlotones and Blue October touring together in the UK and USA.
The Parlotones released their own red wine, named
“Giant Mistake”. This was followed by a white wine
(“Push Me to the Floor”) and a rosé (“We Call This Dancing”).
Stardust Galaxies was launched during the band’s 2009 world tour, which culminated in sell-out headlining gigs at the Coca Cola Dome in Johannesburg and the Grand West Arena in Cape Town. Headlining these venues was a feat never achieved before by a South African rock band.
In 2010, the band played on stage to a local and international live broadcast audience of over a billion at the FIFA World Cup Kick-off Celebration concert.
This event was held at Soccer City with Alicia Keys, Angelique Kidjo, the Black Eyed Peas, Freshly Ground, Shakira, Hugh Masekela, Vusi Mahlasela.
The Parlotones opened for Coldplay on their South African tour.
live studio album released. This album featured acoustic and stripped-down versions of some the band’s most popular songs.
The Parlotones recorded Journey Through the Shadows at the M3 studio at the SABC in Johannesburg. Once again, they used Theo Crous as a producer, but decided to rather record in their hometown instead of Cape Town, in order to spend more time with their family and friends.
The band members climbed Kilimanjaro as a part of UN Women initiative to raise awareness of violence against
women and children.
The Parlotones toured Europe with Snow Patrol.
The Parlotones move to Los Angeles for a year.
Stand Like Giants released. This album is made up of songs written while living and touring in the United States.
This album is a collection of previously unreleased
songs and co-labs.
The band tour and perform with an orchestra and film the final night of the tour. This is released as a DVD and live album called Orchestrated.
The band write and release their first book, The Stories Behind the Songs. It features the band going through the memories and inspirations behind every song the band has recorded to date. The book was accompanied by a tour where the band took turns talking to the audience and sharing stories from the book, as well as discussing their journey to date.
The Parlotones go into High Seas Studios for a week to record 3 songs. A few months later they emerge with 25 songs.