Parenthetical Girls

Parenthetical Girls to open for Perfume Genius on Spring tour

VIDEO: “The Privilege” –
MP3: “A Note To Self” (From Privilege IV) –

Parenthetical Girls

“Is There An Oven That’s Big Enough To Fit Your Head In?”

Ever the pragmatists, Parenthetical Girls are in the midst of releasing Privilege–the band’s new full length–as a box set of five extremely limited 12″ EPs on their own Slender Means Society label. These EPs will be sold separately in sequence every quarter over the next 15 months, each as they are completed. They will not be distributed to stores. As the cycle concludes, the fifth and final 12″ will come packaged in a beautiful, aesthetically cohesive LP box designed to house all four of the preceding releases, forming the complete Privilege album. Limited to 500 physical copies per EP, the 12″s will each feature original art by renowned Swedish illustrator Jenny Mörtsell, and will be hand-numbered in the blood of their respective band members. The fourth 12″–subtitled Sympathy For Spastics–was released
on November 1, 2011, and is numbered in the blood of cover star/Parenthetical Girl Amber Smith.

Having taken pop extravagance to its logical conclusion with their critically acclaimed Orchestral Pop opus Entanglements, Parenthetical Girls have given the orchestra their leave–and the resulting transformation is no less momentous. Returning to its core membership of vocalist/creative director Zac Pennington and producer/arranger Jherek Bischoff, the group set about a path that they have heretofore never really charted: that of sonic restraint. And though the results could scarcely be called subtle, the language of Privilege is direct and unambiguous–a new creative candor that’s felt in both its words
and music. It’s Parenthetical Girls in fighting trim, and the difference is both immediate and undeniable.

The group continues this ambitious experiment with Privilege, pt IV: Sympathy For Spastics–a bizarre and bombastic four-song suite of familial entrapments, the sexual politics of class warfare, and blissful resignation. The EP opens upon “The Privilege,” a meditative exploration of family discord and terminal nostalgia. “A Note To Self” follows, an uncharacteristically upbeat pop pastiche about coming to terms with critical failure, personal resentments, and creative responsibility. “Entitlements” is a spiteful attack on the indulgences of privileged self-pity (with wincingly direct allusions to a particular patron saint of privileged malaise), while “Sympathy For Spastics” explores the often bleakly patronizing intersection of class and sexual politics. Together, they comprise a bold, strikingly cohesive pop clarion call that further solidifies Parenthetical Girls’ place amongst the most surprising
and uncompromising pop groups at work today. And there’s more where that came from.


03/03 Portland, OR Doug Fir #
03/21 San Francisco, CA Cafe du Nord *
03/22 Los Angeles, CA Bootleg *
03/23 San Diego, CA Casbah *
03/24 Tucson, AZ Solar Culture *
03/26 Denton, TX Dan’s Silverleaf *
03/27 Austin, TX Lambert’s *
03/29 Atlanta, GA The Earl *
03/30 Durham, NC The Garage at Motorco *
03/31 Arlington, VA IOTA Club & Cafe *
04/02 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s *
04/03 New York, NY Mercury Lounge *
04/05 Brooklyn, NY Glasslands *
04/06 Northampton, MA Iron Horse *
04/07 Montreal, QC Le Divan Orange *
04/08 Toronto, ON Drake Hotel *
04/10 Chicago, IL Schubas *
04/11 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Centre *
04/13 Denver, CO Hi Dive *
04/14 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court *
04/17 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios *
04/18 Vancouver, BC Biltmore *
04/19 Seattle, WA Crocodile *

# = w/ AU
* = w/ Perfume Genius

Parenthetical Girls
Privilege IV: Sympathy For Spastics
(Slender Means Society)

Street Date: Nov. 1, 2011

Track list:

1. The Privilege
2. A Note To Self
3. Entitlements
4. Sympathy for Spastics


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