“Baria leav­ing has forced us to shake things up.” The xx hit the spot,

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - frontpage - www.mys­pace.com/ planet pa­rade

As al­ways, it comes down to the tunes. Sure, Clane trio Planet Pa­rade could have picked a bet­ter name to toil un­der, one which we don’t keep for­get­ting or mix­ing up with some­one else’s moniker, but they’re stuck with it now. At least they didn’t take so­lace in a few pro­fan­i­ties or mis­placed punc­tu­a­tion marks.

But PP made no mis­takes what­so­ever with the tunes. Seen in action sup­port­ing Wild Beasts in Dublin the other week, PP’s set was wall to wall with quirky new-wave pop melodies and grooves.

Imag­ine The Po­lice fronted by Paul Weller as he went from The Jam to the Style Coun­cil and you’re on the right track. PP’s big­gest sell­ing point at present is the num­ber of shiny, bendy tunes in their live set and the mus­cu­lar man­ner in which they despatch them.

As so of­ten hap­pens with new acts, it’s their live show as much as their de­but release (the promis­ing Ghosts to Peo­ple EP) which will do the bulk of the heavy lift­ing for them for now. By the time they re­turn to the stu­dio, ex­pect that live show con­fi­dence to pro­duce one hell of a pay-off.

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