Top South African band, 'The Parlotones', finished their latest tour of the UK with a storming performance at the Oran Mor venue in Glasgow.
The four man group, led by singer Kahn Morbee, began their career in their native city of Johannesburg ten years ago. Since then, they have become South Africa's biggest selling rock band, touring all over the world and producing four albums with a fifth released in May 2012. They have won numerous music awards, performed at the 2010 Fifa World Cup and had their music featured on television shows such as 'One Tree Hill', 'Jersey Shore' and 'Pretty little Liars.'
Their latest European tour ended in Glasgow at the Oran Mor venue on Wednesday Oct 17. A large group of avid fans were joined by those who had come along to find out more about the band that is increasingly becoming known outside their native country. There was a roar of appreciation as the band kicked off with one of their best known songs 'Should We Fight Back?' followed by a wide ranging selection of their songs including 'Push Me To The Floor', 'Honey', 'Beautiful' and many more. The crowd sang and shouted themselves hoarse throughout the night, with a time curfew meaning the band played straight through with no break. Afterwards, the keener fans were able to chat with the four band members, lead singer Kahn, drummer Neil Pauw and brothers Glen and Paul Hodgson who play guitar and keyboard. Autographs were signed, photos taken and happy fans went out into the cold Glasgow night having experienced an amazing evening of great music.
The band will now return to South Africa where they will perform some concerts in December before making the move to Los Angeles in January 2013 where, according to The South African, they will be better able to "satisfy an increasing demand for the band that has resulted in five trips to the US in the past year."
Their huge popularity in the United States has allowed them to raise awareness of the Rhino poaching crisis in Africa and other issues. They also have a wine named after their song 'Giant Mistake'
South Africa's loss will be the world's gain as 'The Parlotones' will no doubt go on to become a worldwide sensation and this Digital Journalist will be cheering them on all the way.