“The album covers plenty of sonic ground, from the skronky keys in the ’80s-inspired “The Locker Room” to the swirling, amped-up folk of “Smoking Gun” to the fever-dream slo-core of “Storylines” to the mid-tempo indie-rocker of “Due Process” and its shimmering solo. “Between Us All” is a series of vignettes that documents Cleary’s varied influences, his distinct compositional skills and some of the places he’s been — and some where he’s still heading. Strange Parade’s second album is already in the works.” - Review of 1st LP, "Between Us All"
The Short Story
Strange Parade was formed by keyboardist, singer/songwriter Brian Cleary, former keyboardist and occasional co-songwriter for The Movies and Radar Brothers (Merge). Now locked in as a band, Strange Parade features long-time/former Brian Jonestown Massacre drummer Dan Allaire (Cass McCoombs, Darker My Love, BJM) lap-steel/guitar wiz, Paul Lacques (I See Hawks in LA, Double Naught Spycar, The Bonedaddys) and bassist Ashley Berry.
Originally from Boston, Cleary co-formed co-formed The Movies (Gern Blandsten / Houston Party) in 1999. Cleary joined Radar Brothers in 2010, touring with them and co-writing songs for the album “Eight” (Merge, 2013). At this point, he also started writing songs for a new project, Strange Parade. The first album, “Between Us All” was released in 2018, featuring various lineups with members of Radar Brothers, Trans Am, Eels, and DNTEL.
After finishing the debut, Cleary locked in the current line up with Paul Lacques, founding member of The Bonedaddys, Double Naught Spy Car, and I See Hawks In L.A. Lacques has 25 albums under his belt and has recorded and/or played with with Bo Diddley, Peter Case, Stan Ridgway, and Mike Watt. Drummer Dan Allaire played with Brian Jonestown Massacre for 15 years and also played with Cass McCoombs, and Darker My Love among others. The new lineup was rounded out by Ashley Berry, who had recently filled in on bass for a friend’s band. Cleary saw them and was immediately won over by her playing.
Their second album, "The Watchers" was recorded mostly live by Lacques and mixed by David Trumfio (Hope Sandoval, Built to Spill, Waco Brothers). The album was self-released in September, 2021 getting some college radio airplay nationwide.
Strange Parade currently perform around LA.
Strange Parade - The Watchers (LP)
For release 9/19/21
Strange Parade was originally formed by keyboardist, singer/songwriter Brian Cleary, former keyboardist and occasional co-songwriter for The Movies and b (Merge). The band now comprises long-time/former Brian Jonestown Massacre drummer Dan Allaire (also of Cass McCoombs, Darker My Love), lap-steel/guitar wiz, Paul Lacques (I See Hawks in LA, Double Naught Spy Car, The Bonedaddys) and bassist Ashley Berry. The band’s second album seamlessly blends classic psychedelic folk rock and 80s post punk shoegaze. The album opens with the lush, emotionally charged “Are You There?” with atmospheric flourishes driving home the dark matter of the subject. From there, it picks up pace with the title track, an acoustic guitar-driven rocker that wraps up in a 3-minute frenzy. “Needless & Dumb” is a 7+ minute psychedelic highlight, followed by “The Sometimes Girls” and “Bag of Blood” — two rockers that fall somewhere between a classic 70’s sound and 80’s alt-rock. Overall, the songwriting reveals hints of Roxy Music, John Cale or even Fairport Convention in spots, Lloyd Cole & the Commotions or The Cure in others. Diverse as this sounds on paper, the songs flow into each other seamlessly, strung together by it consistent moodiness, Lacques’ atmospheric twang, and the album’s pristine, few-frills production.