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Melodic indie rockers Para Lia reveal new video for 'Hawk Hill' single

"Para Lia’s sound thrives on the echoes of long-known altrock bands like Pavement, The Chameleons, and Ireland’s nearly-forgotten postpunk gems Blue in Heaven. At the same time, there are some strings of similarity with modern bands like The Last Shadow Puppets and Fontaines DC... A striking and laudable effort"The Spill Magazine

"Tight and right alt-rock and dark wave-laced harmonics that is definitely a must-listen-to... a killer album full of 70s style Neil Young meets the romantic and synth-pop values of the 80s"Rawckus Magazine

"The embers of Arcade Fire and The Mission with a more pop bent.... The vibe and flow here are very strong, the song is full of meaning that many can identify, and the tandem vocals during a Beatles-inspired chorus are the icing on the cake" Big Takeover Magazine

"Superior in their own-right without reinventing the wheels of the past"Skope Magazine

"Captivates you immediately and guide you through the theatric, robust vocals"Imperfect Fifth

"He brings out the amps and the Dinosaur Jr. impulses to build an intimidating roar that evokes the churn of early ‘90s underground rock and is suggestive of the vague but catchy movements of Disintegration-era The Cure"The Southern Sounding

In support of their new 'Hawk Hill' single, melodic alternative / indie rock duo Para Lia have revealed their new video, created by multmedia artist Ralf Schuster. A special Bandcamp edition also features two additional tracks: 'Over It (single version)' and 'On My Way Home'.

Para Lia is an indie/ alternative rock duo based in Cottbus (near Berlin), influenced by the rhythms and tones of ‘90s alt-rock and the synth density of ‘80s darkwave.. Their own sound blends melodic guitars, along with distinctive lead guitar and resonant synths.

Comprised of René Methner (all instruments and vocals) and Cindy Methner (backing vocals), both artists were both raised in the eastern part of a divided Germany but met many years later.

"Hawk Hill is about my love/hate relationship with the small insignificant town of Falkenberg, where I spent my childhood. In German, 'Falke' means hawk and 'Berg' means mountain. But in fact Falkenberg has no hawks or mountains. The words 'Hawk Hill Lane' popped into my head one day while working on a guitar riff - it was a ‘Penny Lane’ moment, reminding me of the street I walked down every day to go to school. The vocals reflect today's view on a town with the same fate as many small towns in rural East Germany,“ says René Methner.

"After big political changes in early 90’s Germany, many jobs were lost, youth moved out, schools and cultural centres closed, the cash flow stopped and small towns like Falkenberg fell dormant - kind of like a dead end street. You still can smell the fragrance of the past. Both Cindy and I grew up in Falkenberg and even lived on the same street, but we never met back then. We met years later and understood that we've walked the same streets and shared the same roots - a great good omen for walking hand in hand into the future."

Para Lia's band name was born of their love for Greece, with para lia, (παραλία) meaning “coast” or “beach" in Greek - a name full of mystery but optimism, which both has history and evokes a balance of the masculine and feminine.

"Hawk Hill versus Falkenberg.... Nevermind, the filming is done anyway. René had asked me to shoot a video for this song, which is about the town of his youth. There is romanticism surrounding the railway and the sadness of deindustrialization is unavoidable," explains the video's creator Ralf Schuster.

This new single release follows hot on the trail of their debut album 'Soap Bubble Dreams', a collection of 10 tracks that released in March 2019.

The 'Hawk Hill' single is out now on digital platforms, including iTunes and Spotify. The special Bandcamp exclusive edition also includes two equally strong tracks, available at https://paralia.bandcamp.com/album/hawk-hill.

TRACK LIST 1. Hawk Hill 2. Over It (single version) 3. On My Way Home

CREDITS René Methner - Vocals, Guitars, Bassguitar, Mellotron, Keys, Drum Programming, Cindy Methner - Vocals Words and music, mixing and production by René Methner Mastering by turnstylemastering, Berlin

Photos by Christiane Schleifenbaum

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