Bootheels of Desire (1996)

by The Parwills

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It was 16 years ago that Sydney’s original honky tonkin’ alt country/cow-punk/roots wrangling misfits, The Parwills released their one and only album through Larrikin Records.

Fronted by guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Mark Lucas, and winsome fiddler Kelli Cooper-Durant, theirs was a brief, bright, if somewhat star-crossed flame. Rejected by country radio as city slickers with attitude, and restrained from touring by small children and other animals, they blazed a trail of broken chairs and empty bottles through the handful of local venues that’d put up with them, ultimately imploding in the midst of album number two, but not without leaving a lot of love and sticky residue in the room.

Of course the members of the band went on to bigger and brighter things- Kelli joined the infamous Prickles & continues to saw away in occasionally angelic fits of abandon; after borrowing Mark’s mandolin for a couple of years, Glenn has become not only a finer guitar player (is that possible?) but also one of Australia’s finest mandolin pickers; Johnny Jessup returned to his Goth roots in Canberra where he regularly frightens his neighbours even without the make-up; Mark persists in nurturing an ever-budding career as the nation’s most obscure sensitive singer-songwriter; Bronny did the sea-change thing & moved up the coast, & Vick the Pick moved to Italy where she works in theatre, the others are all out there somewhere & so the story continued until…
Well…they’re back, to celebrate survival into the 21st century and to prove, once again, that country music has an attitude problem as well as a powerful thirst.

Where: Petersham Bowling Club
When: 5pm Sunday November 2nd

“Bootheels of Desire”- what the critics said...

“The six piece Parwills have got everything going for them...
Bootheels of Desire is very very good indeed.”
-Stuart Coupe, The Drum Media 13th February,1996

“...a collection exceptional songs played with great sensitivity
and feeling.”
-Bruce Elder, Sydney Morning Herald 11th march,1996

“A rare and very wonderful mix of passion and imagination.”
-Anthony O’Grady, The Music Network 12th March,1996


released January 1, 2006

Mark Lucas- vocals, guitars, mandolin
Kelli Cooper-Durant - fiddle
Glenn Skarratt - guitar, vocals
Vicki Allen - guitar, vocals
Jamie Cahill - drums

additional musicians:
Johnny Jessup - drums
Graham Griffith - pedal steel guitar

Produced by Mark Lucas & Glenn Skarratt
Recorded at Ramrod Studios



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Australian roots music – it’s a sense of place. In singer-songwriter Mark Lucas' word picture world you’ll encounter ghosts of the past & yearning spirits of the present, making themselves known in a variety of familiar locales, together with a motley cast of misfits & dreamers who could fit in just about anywhere there’s people & stories to tell. ... more

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