It was Ian Brown who said, "It's not where you're from, it's where you're at." But he said that after he'd already made it. What he didn't realise is that for most people, they don't make it out at all, and for those who do, what really leaves the impression is the journey. This is what Morning Parade have discovered. And for starters, Morning Parade are Steve Sparrow (vocals/guitar), Chad Thomas (guitar), Phil Titus (bass), Ben Giddings (synth) and Andy Hayes (drums), from Harlow, Essex, UK, fromed in 2007.
As Steve explains of the town, which is still struggling to adjust to the decline of its manufacturing base: "Harlow's like a weird bubble where no-one really enters and no-one really leaves." Solace of sorts came in the town's one live music venue, The Square where Steve and Phil, gradually joined by the three friends who would become their bandmates in a nascent band scene. But even there they felt like outsiders. Like any youth movement through the ages, the kids of Harlow fell into two camps, the mainstream 'townies' and the skate-punk 'grebos', with little room for anyone inbetween. And of course, inbetween was exactly where they found themselves.
"I used to dress like a chav but I used to try and go to The Square... I didn't really like the metal stuff but I wasn't into UK Garage or 2 Step or anything like that either. I was in a bit of a weird place because I didn't know which I wanted to be. There was a little group of us that kind of did that because we didn't know which one we were." The turning point for Steve was one night way back when at The Square one night when The Cooper Temple Clause rolled into town supported by a little-known band called Biffy Clyro.Make Morning Parade Playlist