by Brad Roberts
We got to say goodbye to The Parson Red Heads in three stages over the last couple of weeks. First there was the farewell show scheduled for Friday night, September 17th at Spaceland, then, suddenly, there was going to be another, a final farewell show, at The Echo four days later on Tuesday, September 21st.
By the time I saw The Parson Red Heads for the first time on December 4. 2006 at The Echo, they were already well established as a local band, having moved here from Oregon in 2005, and I was immediately drawn to their avant-hippy, indie-folk music. They took over the stage with a wild and celebratory set, dressed in their white clothes they reminded me of The Polyphonic Spree, but without the undercurrent of vague religious cultism that permeates the Spree.
Plus I found their music so reminiscent of '60's folk rock, but without a hint of condescension or pretension, that I just naturally gravitated toward it. During my growing and ever-accelerating interest in the local music scene, they kept popping up on stages at shows I was attending until, by the time of this first farewell show, I'd seen them 17 times.