Parenthetical Girls Doesn’t Want To Bum Anyone Out
Published: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Updated: Sunday, March 10, 2013 23:03
Parenthetical Girls are one of the hardest working bands out there, but singer and dashing front man Zac Pennington struggles with his expectations and timelines – even if everyone thinks he is a smash hit.
“I always feel like we’re way behind on everything all the time,” Pennington says.
Parenthetical Girls’ latest album, Privilege, is an abridged version of their five-piece Privilege EP set that started in 2010. The album was released last month and is the result of years’ worth of work. The EPs literally cost the band some of their blood and feature songs about villainous characters blinded by their privileges.
“It’s almost like a ‘best of’ in a sense, [because] we didn’t have the responsibility of making so much of a super cohesive album considering they were all recorded separately,” he says.
The album is the culmination of this “expensive experiment,” which Pennington hopes will reach new ears. And while he expressed regret about the time this project took to complete, Pennington says the album would have been “a lot worse” if they had tried to make it in a traditional way.
“All of the songs have been available for a while now, so we’re looking at this as a way for people who maybe haven’t been obsessively following what we’re doing, which is the vast majority of everyone, to be able to approach this stuff and have the best case made for it,” he says.
Now that the privilege journey is coming to an end, Parenthetical Girls are taking to the road for a headlining tour to close it all out. Pennington was rather stressed about the tour, seeing as he had a laundry list of tour tasks that included printing T-shirts and teaching new members their material. They are playing in Phoenix at the Trunk Space, which is their regular spot when coming through town.
“I like The Trunk Space. We’ve played there a bunch of times, and they’re always very, very kind and generous with us so I’m really excited to go back,” Pennington says. “A couple shows ago in Phoenix we ended up playing at a different place and I got a really disappointed email from the Trunk Space people so I’ve been very sure to always go there from here on out. [laughs] I don’t want to bum anybody out.”
Pennington is a bit of a perfectionist and doesn’t mind comparing himself to other artists. There are few artists as creative and innovative as Parenthetical Girls, but it seems as if Pennington’s dissatisfaction is what fuels his tank. If so, we can’t complain. It just means he feels his best work is ahead of him.
“It’s great to feel like we finally did it, but it doesn’t feel like a victory lap because at this point I feel like it’s been so long that I should have another thing ready to go and I don’t quite yet,” he says. “I’m in a position where I feel like I’m starting from scratch and because it took so long I don’t think we can rest on our laurels for too long.”
Parenthetical Girls w/Detective (ex-Guided By Voices), Tobie Milford, Trunk Space, March 9, 7:30 p.m., $6