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Morning Parade

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Morning Parade was a five-piece alternative rock band from Harlow, Essex that formed in 2007 before signing with Parlophone in 2010 Its self-titled debut album was released early in 2012 The line-up was composed of Steve Sparrow lead vocals, piano and guitar, Phil Titus bass, Chad Thomas guitar, Ben Giddings piano/synths, and Andrew Hayes drums The band broke up on 4 December 2014


  • 1 Early days and formation
  • 2 Early tours
  • 3 Debut album
  • 4 Airplay, press and critical acclaim
  • 5 Breakup
  • 6 Discography
    • 61 Studio albums
    • 62 Extended plays
    • 63 Singles
    • 64 Music videos
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

Early days and formation

Steve Sparrow and Phil Titus met as students at Burnt Mill Academy in Harlow They later worked together as labourers Steve then met Chad Thomas at Harlow College in 2003 The three formed an experimental rock band called Anotherstory which featured Sparrow on lead vocals, piano and guitar, Titus on bass and backing vocals and Thomas on guitar and piano The other two members were Mike Pope guitar and Charles Gadsdon drums Gadsdon now owns artist management company, The QE Company The group's first single, called Traffic, was released independently prior to breaking up in 2007

After the split, Sparrow toured the independent music scenes of Harlow and Bishop's Stortford During this time, he met Andy Hayes and Ben Giddings, who became the final two members of Morning Parade that year They started out away from the public eye, instead focusing on songwriting When they began gigging in 2008 it took fewer than 20 dates before they were approached by a record label The band eventually signed to Parlophone in May 2010

Their name stems from the days when Titus was working as a plasterer and Sparrow was his labourer It required early morning starts and travelling, which they referred to as doing the 'morning parade'

Early tours

On 29 November 2010, Morning Parade announced their 2011 UK tour Following a number of UK shows they toured Europe with The Wombats Their UK dates included the V Festival in Chelmsford, a few miles from Harlow A planned performance at the Belgian Pukkelpop festival in August 2011 was cancelled after the venue was hit by an unusually heavy storm, which collapsed trees, tents and stages, killing several people

In 2012, Morning Parade performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in the US and at Hyde Park in London for the torch relay which opened that year's Olympic Games Between October and December 2012 the band toured the United States, opening for The Smashing Pumpkins One such show at the Barclays Center in New York was shot in 3D

Debut album

Morning Parade's eponymous debut album was released on 5 March 2012, following the release of singles Under The Stars, A&E and Us And Ourselves It was recorded at 13 Studios, owned by Blur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn, and in collaboration with producer Jason Cox

On 8 December 2011, Morning Parade played the album in full at London's Camden Barfly to a small group of fans On 6 February the following year, a month before its physical release, the album was made available on Spotify

The track listing was as follows:

  1. "Blue Winter"
  2. "Headlights"
  3. "Carousel"
  4. "Running Down The Aisle"
  5. "Us & Ourselves"
  6. "Under The Stars"
  7. "Close To Your Heart"
  8. "Half Litre Bottle"
  9. "Monday Morning"
  10. "Speechless"
  11. "Born Alone"
  12. "Youth"

Airplay, press and critical acclaim

"Under the Stars" was played on Zane Lowe's show on BBC Radio One, and released on 29 November 2010 It was also featured on The Vampire Diaries The band released the video for "Under the Stars" on 2 December 2010 on YouTube, which was first shown exclusively on The Sun's website on 30 November The song has been played on Radio 1, BBC 6 Music, XFM, Absolute Radio and Q Radio

"Speechless" was featured on The Vampire Diaries, in the episode "We'll Always Have Bourbon Street", of Season 4

"Shake the Cage", from their new album, Pure Adulterated Joy, will be featured in Konami's football video game Pro Evolution Soccer 2015, having been featured in an official trailer

They have also received praise from MTV, Vogue, and AbsolutePunk


In a Facebook posting, on 4 December 2014, the band announced they were calling it quits


Studio albums

  • Morning Parade 2012
  • Pure Adulterated Joy 2014

Extended plays

  • Alienation 2013


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Alt
2010 "Under The Stars" Non album track
"In The Name" Vinyl release
"Your Majesty" Vinyl release
2011 "A&E"
"On Your Shoulders Limited to 300 copies "
"Us & Ourselves" Morning Parade
2012 "Headlights" 16
2013 "Alienation" Alienation EP

Music videos

List of music videos, showing year released and directors
Title Year Directors
"Under The Stars Cambridge Junction" 2010
"Under The Stars"
"A & E" 2011
"Us & Ourselves"
"Headlights" 2012 Sherice Griffiths
"Running Down the Aisle"
"Alienation" 2014 Christopher Mills
"Culture Vulture Acoustic" James Rhodes
"Reality Dream Acoustic"


  1. ^ strangemaze 2009-02-11 "anotherstory – Discover music, videos, concerts, stats, & pictures at" Lastfm Retrieved 2012-04-01 
  2. ^ i-ntroducing Morning Parade | i-D Online Archived 7 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Morning Parade" Joinerslivecouk Retrieved 2012-04-01 
  4. ^ Morning Parade Announce UK Tour - Xfm
  5. ^ David Batty 18 August 2011 "Storm at Belgium's Pukkelpop music festival kills five after stage collapses | Music | guardiancouk" London: Guardian Retrieved 2012-04-01 
  6. ^ a b "CONCERT REVIEW: SMASHING PUMPKINS & MORNING PARADEvideo AT BARCLAYS CENTER DECEMBER 10, 2012" New York Music News April 26, 2011 Retrieved December 11, 2012 
  7. ^ Planas, Diego 2012-02-06 "Exclusive Pre-release – Listen to Morning Parade's Debut Album" Spotify Retrieved 2012-04-01 
  8. ^ BBC - Radio 1 - Zane Lowe - Home
  9. ^ Morning Parade Aim for the Arenas - Spinner UK
  10. ^ Updated, Last "Parade around Under The Stars – The Sun –Showbiz–Music" The Sun London 
  11. ^ Morning Parade interview - Steve Sparrow, Chad Thomas, Phil Titus, Ben Giddings, Andy Hayes - Music-Newscom
  12. ^ The Vampire Diaries
  13. ^ The Vampire Diaries season 4
  14. ^ https://wwwyoutubecom/watchv=Tv13s6WFI-Y
  15. ^ Morning Parade Interview | Morning Parade | News | MTV UK
  16. ^ Susanna Cappellaro "Morning Parade" Vogueit Retrieved 2012-04-01 
  17. ^ https://wwwfacebookcom/morningparade

External links

  • Morning Parade on Twitter
  • Morning Parade interview on LeftLioncouk

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