"I’m always moved by unrest or agitation... that’s what moves me. We need to shake things up.” -Alyse Lamb, singer/guitarist of Parlor Walls
Parlor Walls' music swims between chaos and restraint, straddling the line of post-rock and avant-garde and something else entirely. Alyse Lamb's guitars churn a thick anthem as she belts and commands the stage at full throttle (think Wire's playful ache coupled with Siouxsie Sioux's understated angst). Drums and synth propel, both delivered in tandem by Christopher Mulligan. One limb cranks industrial riffs while the other catapults dancing beats. Together the duo deliver a heavy dose of colorful, rhythmic urgency intended to push, pull, shake and ignite.
The two musicians formed Parlor Walls in Brooklyn, NY, in 2013. With backgrounds in visual art and dance, Mulligan and Lamb set out to create a world visceral and cinematic. The duo released two EPs on the independent Famous Swords imprint before signing with experimental record label Northern Spy in 2016. Parlor Walls released the critically-acclaimed debut LP Opposites in 2017, described by Pitchfork as "lending new definition to the term heavy... with an urgency both convincing and sophisticated." The ep EXO followed in 2018, heralded as “beautiful and threatening".
Parlor Walls has supported James Chance, OBNOX, A Place To Bury Strangers, Priests, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Rhys Chatham, To Live And Shave In L.A., and more.
"Parlor Walls convey urgency with a forcefulness that’s both convincing and sophisticated... [they] approach aggression with an agility that’s rare no matter what style of music you look at." -Pitchfork
"Parlor Walls' 'Low Vulture' is a pulsating behemoth of passion and agitation" - The Line of Best Fit
"Its a bracing listen... songs mix rhythmic urgency and harmonic ambiguity, aiming to deceive and unsettle rather than bludgeon and thrash." -SPIN
"Alyse Lamb can shriek like Yoko Ono, belt like Screaming Females' Marisa Paternoster, and sing a pentatonic scale like Deerhoof's Satomi Matsuzaki in the course of one song." - Village Voice
"The dexterity of each member, from Mulligan’s multi-tasking drumming to Lamb’s full throttle command of the stage [is] a totally transformational performance." - Popmatters