Soft landing for brothers as they bring their harmonies to Halifax

Electric Soft Parade, guests of The Doghouse, Halifax, on Friday October 25
Electric Soft Parade, guests of The Doghouse, Halifax, on Friday October 25

National newspapers and magazines have been singing the praises of brothers Thomas and Alex White, who together are The Electric Soft Parade.

Time Out said one of their tracks was “gorgeous, pitched exactly half way between Belle and Sebastian and Harry Nilsson” while The Independent said their harmonies were “as tight as ever”.

Judge for yourself as The Electric Soft Parade headline at the next Halifax Doghouse live music event on Friday, October 25 (from 8pm, £10, or £9 in advance and for frequent Doghouse guests).

Support at the Arden Road Social Club comes from The Astral Plain and Brighouse band The Stray.

The Electric Soft Parade released ‘Idiots’, arguably their best album to date, in June after a six-year hiatus.

Their last release was 2007’s ‘Downhearted’, but they say they have not missed a step. “There’s not one overriding reason for the gap,” said Thomas.

The new album features distinctive ELO-via-The Everly Brothers harmonies, with not so much as a single note surplus to requirements.

Alex said: “We just wanted to pare everything down to its most essential parts.

“Everything on the record has to be there and anything that wasn’t needed went.”

The brothers completed a full European tour with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds last year which reminded them of what they had been missing and they decided to bounce back with the album.