There are bands who have heart, and then there’s Paralandra. Literally built on family and friendship, this female-fronted, melodic, hard rock band checks more than the usual boxes. As a comparison, the band often gets “Alterbridge meets Halestorm,” but that’s an oversimplification of the power of their sound.
Their optimistic, empowering messages and chilling, powerful, and expressive vocals carry a message that love will win at all costs. And for those with a little ’80s nostalgia, there are also strong guitar riffs, shredding solos, dual licks and leads, and, of course, tons of hair. We caught up with them to talk about their upcoming shows and forthcoming music video.
What was the process like for making this new video, and what are its major themes?
It was so much fun! We built our set completely from scratch and teamed up with Adrienne Beacco, who also filmed our videos for ‘Back to Life’ and ‘Killer Queen.’ So, it was great working with someone familiar that understands our vision.
‘Love Will Win’ talks about all of the low moments in history (war, hate, division, etc.), but also paints an uplifting message that even amidst all the negativity the world surrounds us with, and despite our past, we can hope and pray that love will inevitably prevail.
Tell me about SXSW! When and where will you be performing, and what are you most excited about?
This will be our third time playing at SXSW, so that’s pretty cool! We’re performing on March 19 at the Dirty Dog Bar for the Legend Recordings showcase.
I can definitely say I’m excited for the food! But besides that, it’s the unknown I’m excited about. The last couple years, SXSW has thrown us into some crazy situations; I can only imagine what’s gonna happen this time…
What other shows do you have coming up that you want to highlight?
Our schedule has been filling up quickly, so there’s lots of shows I’m excited about! Our next one is in Joplin, MO on March 4 with our new friends Royal Bliss, who we met on the KISS Kruise a couple months ago, and our long time amigos the Black Moods! That’ll be a killer show.
Do you have anything else in the works like albums, a bigger tour, etc. that you want to highlight?
We’ve added some festivals this summer that I’m really stoked about! We’re playing Rocklahoma again this year, Inkcarceration Festival, and Streator Music Fest.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Our music video for ‘Love Will Win’ will debut on March 17. We just want to encourage everyone who likes our song and would like to help spread the word, to call and request it at their local radio station!
Our fans/friends/family are the reason we are able to do what we love, and if you’re trying to think of a way to support us (or any band, really) without spending any extra money, this is a huge and extremely helpful way to do so.