Dan Allaire - Drums
Ashley Berry - Bass
Brian Cleary - Vocals, Keyboards, Guitar
Paul Lacques - Guitar, Lapsteel
Strange Parade was originally formed by keyboardist, singer/songwriter Brian Cleary shortly after the breakup of The Movies and around the time he joined Radar Brothers (Merge).
The Movies were an LA band who released 3 albums and won LA Weekly’s “Best Rock/Pop Band” award in 2005. They toured Spain twice and the US a few times with Trans Am (Thrill Jockey), The Album Leaf (Sub Pop), Les Georges Leningrad and others. Cleary played keys and co-wrote some songs with the Movies. At around the same time the band split, Cleary joined Radar Brothers, co-writing some songs on their “Eight” LP (Merge Records).
In 2013, Strange Parade was put on hold while Radar Brothers ramped up on touring (w/ Modest Mouse, Teenage Fanclub, Overseas). In late 2014, after taking a job in San Francisco, Cleary spent the next two years writing and recording new material, laying down two songs for the LP with Phil Manley (Trans Am, The Fucking Champs, Life Coach, Terry Gross), 3 songs with Jim Putnam (Radar Brothers) and 2 older songs w/a previous live line up before the move; Derek Brown of Eels, Paul Larsen of Strictly Ballroom (Sub Pop) and Seb Bailey of Division Day & Geronimo Getty. Cleary moved back to LA early 2017 & took time forming a new lineup.
Ending 2018, the band locked in with long-time/former Brian Jonestown Massacre drummer Dan Allaire, lap-steel/guitar wizard, Paul Lacques (I See Hawks in LA, Double Naught Spycar) and Ashley Berry (of Wet & Reckless) on bass, overall giving the band more of a psychedelic twang with a heavy backbeat and Cleary's psych/eno-ish weirdness streamed through it all. The lineup played their first show in December 2018, putting on a benefit show at The Hi Hat in LA and another in January at Harvard & Stone. There is an album in mastering currently. Release undetermined.
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