POURPARLOUR are -
Cale Antonello (also in The Debutant Kid - Soundcloud)
Adam Halliwell (also in Mildlife - Soundcloud)
Michael McKay (solo - Soundcloud)
Daniel Tedford (also in Brick and Lark)
Pourparlour really rolls off the tongue once you learn how to say it, much like the word stevedore or cloudberry. It is derived from the French word pourparler, which represents the foundations on which the band was built a far stretching paddock of informal cahoots with one another.
Blending the folky pop catchiness of Crowded House, Wilco and Death Cab For Cutie but with a surprising emotional maturity and depth Pourparlour are a band that take no shame in saying that it's the song that counts. It's clear from the second you hear them that this is the philosophy that they adhere to to the point of obsession. At the core of neurotic is chief songwriter Michael McKay who treats songwriting much like a Dickens street sketch, offering lyrical snapshots of true suburban life in all its profound quirkiness.
Although it's the songs that are the core of the Pourparlour message, it's the lavish and unique arrangements that usually grab the attention of the audience first. A five-piece with multi instrumentalists including a Mandolin/Violin player, you will never hear Pourparlour sounding conventional or falling into expected clichés. The arrangements will take you to unexpected places that feel like they were absolutely perfect in hindsight. But however moody, lavish or beautifully odd the band sounds, the grounding in the message of the song is always tastefully respected.
After years spent tiptoeing around it's as if this debut EP finally marks the band's first actual footprint. Recorded at Sing Sing studios in February 2012, the 4 tracks reflect the longevity of a writing period that took place from mid-2010 onward. On a back porch in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne the frogs were kept awake, half-built houses were squatted in and kettles ran hot. Little stylistic anchors may be heard dropping along the way and this is because the 4-track is essentially four quite separate points in time precise portraits that have stood out over the years.
The process of putting pictures into words into songs and onto records is pretty confusing at the best of times. With Pourparlour it's the honesty that gives their songs such a resonance and perhaps sets them apart from the typical band that you might not remember long after.