Sydney Metal band Parenthia finally played their first gig earlier this year after two years spent working on their sound. With frontman David Camilleri being completely new to the music scene, the band got talking about how they formed, what it’s like to play in front of a crowd for the first time, and what’s next for the band.
Q: First off, how did Parenthia form?
John (guitar): Parenthia originally started as Selftort in 2008 and had a Pop/Punk feel about it. However, in late 2009, due to work schedules and pre-commitments prior to the band forming, the original singer left. After weeks of searching and trying out various singers we finally settled on David Camilleri, who was a close friend of the band and had the same view as the current members to really get out there and make a name for ourselves. We had also recruited Nathan Young as our new bassist, and after a few rehearsals we realized we had now matured as a group. In late 2010 our then rhythm guitarist left the band to chase other opportunities. We then Recruited Chris Camilleri, who was always a good friend of the band and David’s brother, his skill on the guitar showed us he was committed and up for the challenge.
Q: You had a couple of name changes before settling on Parenthia. What made this name stick?
John: At the start of 2011 we decided that with the change in line up also came a change of name. After brainstorming for a while we all settled on the name “Parenthia”. Given its meaning dates back to pre-Christ days as “pure” we thought this would be a good name as we were trying to bring something new to the music industry.
Q: The band spent two years writing songs before finally getting on stage for the first time supporting Industrial band The Damned Humans at The Valve Bar earlier this year. How did it feel to get to play your music live after all that time?
David: It was incredible, I’ll never forget that feeling, I was insanely nervous prior to getting on stage as that was my first time performing in front of a crowd my nerves lasted till halfway through the first song which I believe was “Normal Day”. Then I really started to have fun and before I knew it the set was over and I wanted to start all over again.
Chris (bass): Performing on stage for the first time in over three years was a great experience for me. It brought back some great memories to say the least, and I was able to bring some of my previous on-stage experience to the show. However, I was still really nervous due to the fact that I was now performing with a guitar instead of a bass. I had a fun time and got over the nerves pretty quickly and have never looked back since.
Q: You’ve performed a fair bit since The Valve. How would you say your audiences have responded to your shows so far?
David: the reaction has been great. We have received lots of feedback from the crowds and other bands alike. It’s a real buzz to have people you have never met before come up after our set and say that they really like our songs, and we’ve formed some great friendships with a lot of new up and coming metal bands.
Q: What kind of music has influenced your set so far?
David: I am a huge Disturbed fan, so they have really influenced my singing but I grew up listening to all kinds of music. Specifically I was introduced to heavy metal by my next door neighbour Austen Watts at the tender age of 14 with the help of Iron Maiden’s “Aces High”. From then on I was hooked and got into bands like Slayer, Metallica, Slipknot, DragonForce and of course Disturbed. Their music has really influenced me as a singer/songwriter.
Q: So what’s next for Parenthia, and are there any plans to release an EP or album in the near future?
Chris: Parenthia have many big plans for the near future. One of these is to fully record and master an EP. With the amount of quality music we have, a full length album could be recorded. I think you will just have to wait and see for yourselves.
David: We’re going to keep writing new music and spreading the word of heavy metal in our live shows. We will be back in the studio very soon as we have some awesome new material that we can’t wait to start playing live. We have recently finished our website so for future gigs, contact info, music downloads and live videos please visit http://www.parenthia.com