Melbourne-based quartet Parsnip will release their debut record, “When the Tree Bears Fruit,” on August 30 via Trouble in Mind Records. Overflowing with melodic punk vignettes, the album develops and sustains a rhythmic immediacy, boiling over with infectious pop undercurrents as it navigates the tricky steps between joy and ache, between community and loneliness.
The album’s title was inspired by the writings of guru-poet Sri Chinmoy, as it refers to the idea that a tree will offer its fruits to anyone and everyone who wants to partake. In similar fashion, the band applies this principle to their music, sharing their songs with anyone who’s willing to listen and share their attention for a few minutes.
Built around the combined creativities between bassist Paris Richens, drummer Carolyn Hawkins, guitarist Stella Rennex and keyboardist Rebecca Liston, the band’s music feels fully collaborative, a single interconnected entity borne from many disparate histories. Whether they’re leaning more into a post-punk angularity or something that could possibly pass for pop, their work is equal parts velocity, amplitude and lyrical poetics.
On recent single, “Rip It Off,” the band indulges in a series of movements aligned to a more pop-oriented aesthetic, suggestive of some imagined all-night studio session where ? and the Mysterians and Ultravox got together to burn through those nocturnal hours. And while that influence presents itself from the outset, the band isn’t interested in some rote relic of imitation – they’ve created something wholly unique and utterly hypnotic: a post-pop-punk parade of noise that quickly settles into your marrow.
"To me ‘Rip It Off’ came from a feeling of being hung up on what the future holds, living in a haze of concern, and so missing out on your life as it’s happening,” Rennex explains. “I suppose it is a song about worrying...the fruitlessness of incessant worry."
The accompanying video, directed by Alex McLaren, is a bout of whimsical imagery, with the band cavorting in various costumes in a handful of different outdoor locations. The visual incongruity between the often-garish outfits and the natural wonder of their surroundings adds to the fantastical nature of the clip.
Check out the band’s upcoming tour dates below the video.
Monday, 9/16 — Chicago: The Empty Bottle
Tuesday, 9/17 — Detroit: UFO Factory
Wednesday, 9/18 — Cleveland: Bister Migstuff’s
9/19 and 9/20 — NYC -TBA
Saturday, 9/21 — Philadelphia: Khyber Pass
Sunday, 9/22 — Baltimore: Joe Squared
Monday, 9/23 - Richmond: The Fuzzy Cactus
Tuesday, 9/24 - Chapel Hill: The Nightlight
Wednesday, 9/25 - Asheville: Static Age Records
Thursday, 9/26 - Nashville: TBA
Friday, Saturday, 9/27 and 9/28 - Memphis: Gonerfest
Sunday, 9/29 - St. Louis: The Nest
Monday, 9/30 - St. Louis: Pizza Head
Tuesday, 10/1 - Kansas City: TBA, with Warm Bodies
Wednesday, 10/2 - Omaha: TBA, with Warm Bodies
Thursday, 10/3 - Minneapolis: TBA, with Warm Bodies
Friday, 10/4 - Milwaukee: Ground Zero, with Warm Bodies
Saturday, 10/5 - Chicago: Bric-a-Brac