The Soft Parade have the choruses of Teenage Fanclub, the attitude of a street-corner Liam and the simmering, psychedelic capabilities of an early Verve. Oh and one other thing. They also comprise two Brighton-born brothers, Alex (18) and Tom (16) White, who are Officially Young. Got that?
“It’s so dull”, Alex insists, firmly. “People go: So you’re young and you’re brothers! Yeah. Oh. It should be an introductory f****** paragraph. End of story”
Well, not quite. The tale of The Soft Parade (named after a Doors album) is one that indicates new beginnings. That proves kids too young to remember how grim Britpop got are putting their hopes in guitars and creating their own scene.
“I was about ten when Britpop was happening” Tom shrugs dismissively. “What ten-year old is into indie? At home, my dad just played lots of classical music and Elton John and my mum was into Roxy Music and Free”
It was Oasis that first got them onstage though. On holiday in Turkey in 1996, the brothers went into a bar and got chatting to the two blokes hammering out Rod Stewart tracks in the corner. In the spirit of foreign friendliness, they offered Alex and Tom a go.
“I think we played Married With Children, Half The World Away and Wonderwall but it was just a silly little thing. There was only about 20 people there” Alex remembers. “I mean, they clapped but I think they were just being polite”
It was enough to give Alex and Tom the bug. Since then, band members have come and gone but somehow it’s always ended up with just the two of them. Then a demo found its way on to XFM.
Tom: “I had a job for about a week before that. None of my mates had a job until the summer after our GCSEs and that’s when we got signed”
“To people who want to know what we’re like, I’d say shitty old indie shit basically” Alex reasons, before remembering the crucial fact. “But with the added twist of it actually being OK”
Rest assured they are considerably more than that. Siobhan Grogan (NME)
The Soft Parade’s debut single Silent To The Dark is out on April 30 via DB.