This week, our mancrush feelings are only for Gay Nineties frontman Parker Bossley!
There’s nothing more crushworthy than an actual rockstar. And that’s what Parker is, along with the whole Gay Nineties crew. Each member is an accomplished, passionate musician. This is a band that is stronger together, because each of its members are strong on their own. It’s a group of individuals, each bringing their talent and style to the whole, leaving an indelible mark on the music.
While Parker stands center stage, as Lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter, the spotlight is shining on each one of them. On drums: Malcolm Holt, Parker’s musical accomplice since they were 16. Together with Daniel Knowlton’s galloping bass, the rhythm section is complete. For a time, they performed, just the three of them, but they knew something was missing. Enter Bruce Ledingham, a synth wizard who brought a bed of texture and harmony that pulled it all together. The band was all together, and it just worked.
Together they have found a tone, a vibe, an energy that none of them could control even if they wanted to. It doesn’t seem that they do. Nowhere is this more apparent than on their debut LP, Decadent Days. The band funded the entire album themselves. Produced by Steve Bays of Hot Hot Heat, Decadent Days was recorded over ten days with Steve Bays of Hot Hot Heat producing. The album was chock full of collaborations, including Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra, Brendan Benson of Raconteurs, Angelo Petraglia, and more. The album was written on a trip to Nashville, Tennessee. Once recorded, the band discovered a cohesive yet eclectic record; a collection shot from the hip, straight to the heart. Take a listen to “Big Love” below:
Speaking of hearts (sorry, I had to), let’s see what makes Parker’s beat below.
What is the first thing that you notice about a potential love interest?
Vibe. Which is in effect a pretty abstract thing I suppose… But, it’s kind of the full on entanglement of energy, melody, scent, vocal cues, body language, everything wrapped up into what is hopefully a spicy burrito of awesomeness.
What is your ideal first date?
Dress up in Sunday finest and go to Nordstrom’s or Holt Renfrew. Pretend we’re rich, try on various clothes, demand their finest perfume samples. Go to a revolving restaurant, share a bottle of red and talk about ordering food. Bar hop from hotel to hotel. Kiss good night listening to Ryan Adams in an alley.
What’s your instant deal breaker?
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done to get a love interest’s attention?
Become a musician.
If there was one piece of advice you’d give to Men/Women out there, what would it be?
When in doubt, share a bath.