Hailing from Cottbus, Germany, musician René Methner revels in the rhythms and tones of ‘90s alt-rock and the synth density of ‘80s darkwave. His work is built around an honest auteur perspective as he plays all the instruments on his songs. Accompanied in voice by his wife Cindy, his work under the moniker of Para Lia is melodically distinctive and possesses a formidable musical backbone, filled with chugging riffs and roiling percussive landscapes.
Methner kicked around in a handful of bands as a guitarist singer and songwriter before breaking off and focusing on his own solo material. Drawing from a wide range of influences – everything from folk rock to garage to indie rock is fair game – he finds a way to incorporate seemingly disparate rhythmic histories into a weighted and memorable mass of sounds and universal experiences. Despite its rock compactness, Methner considers his work as Para Lia to be the most intimate music he’s ever created. He’s currently gearing up for the self-release of his upcoming record, “Soap Bubble Dreams,” which is due out March 22.
“Everything comes deep from the inside -- it’s a very personal thing,” René explains about the inspirations behind Para Lia and “Soap Bubble Dreams.” “It is just everything I was breathing in on music influences during the last [few] decades and my personal musical development over the years … [this is] what I am breathing out with Para Lia.”
On recent single, “Romancero,” he brings out the amps and the Dinosaur Jr. impulses to build an intimidating roar that evokes the churn of early ‘90s underground rock and is suggestive of the vague but catchy movements of “Disintegration”-era The Cure. There are even hints of The Replacements’ “Pleased to Meet Me” in its rough-edged garage aesthetic. By incorporating such iconic influences, Methner invites an extra level of scrutiny to “Romancero” – thankfully, the song is more than capable of bearing the considerable mantle of these various associations.