Once one of the busiest bands in the Triangle, Raleigh's Parklife put on the brakes in 2007, when the musical aspirations of the final (and longest-lasting) iteration of the group fell victim to the expected external pressures, like families, careers and relocation. The trio's members—lead vocalist/ bassist Rob Clay, guitarist/ vocalist Sam Clowney and drummer Jason Bone—stayed active in the interim with session work and as members of cover bands like Pocketful of Strange and the recently reunited Chapel Hill '90s alt-rockers The Veldt.
Clowney credits encouragement from Deep South's Amy Cox for this Parklife reunion. He expects there will be more shows to come but admits that time has tempered the band's perspective on breaking big. "We're not still trying to set the world on fire," Clowney says. He's enjoyed rehearsing new material and shaking the rust off old Parklife tunes, which evolved over the band's five-year run from Britpop influences (they're named for a Blur album, after all) to prog-inflected arena rock that sounds as big as the band's former ambitions. With Chris Groch and Detective Miles. —Spencer Griffith