Dallas folk-pop band Parallel Play gives away upbeat tune

Remember as a kid pretending that the floor was made of lava, which necessitated jumping from one piece of furniture to another (and driving your parents nuts) to avoid getting incinerated by your shag carpeting?

Dallas “high-energy alternative folk-pop” band Parallel Play sure remembers. In fact, the group has applied the concept to its debut album, “The Floor’s Made of Lava!” (Also, the band cites as influences Tom & Jerry, Hall & Oates and Dungeons & Dragons, and you’ve got to love that.)

Anyway, the album is a collection of, well, high-energy alternative folk pop songs, played with speedy verve on acoustic instruments including guitar, banjo and upright bass, and topped with prismatic rootsy vocal harmonies.

The songs are catchy, the music is fun and the band sounds like it’s enjoying the hell out of playing originals and a couple of well-chosen covers: the Cranberries’ “Linger” and Green Day’s “Pulling Teeth.”

Check out “Annul,” a Parallel Play original, and watch them cover the Gin Blossoms’ “Found Out About You.”



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