Grindcore Outfit Flesh Parade Faces An Uncertain Future
For twenty-two years Flesh Parade has been the top, and one of the very few, grindcore bands in New Orleans, LA; a town known for its achingly slow and messy sludge bands. Their last release “Dirty Sweet” was long anticipated the world over and received critical-acclaim when it came out in 2011. No one could have guessed when they performed at the 2011 Maryland Death Fest that the band was heading for a possible disbandment a year later. Guitarist Rene Perez explains the peril, “Well, we spent a lot of time writing, arranging, practicing, recording, and playing shows in preparation for ‘Dirty Sweet.’ Once it came out, we continued to play as much as possible to help support it via local shows, fests, and the mini tour we did last July. Our original plans were to tour extensively in 2012. I was working on several shows, one would have been last September in NOLA, but are drummer’s [Todd Capiton] work schedule forced us to cancel the show. We tried doing another one before the end of 2011 but all of our schedules couldn’t line up to make it happen and of course the holidays were also tough to work around. Three of us have families and kids and the holidays are always first with the family and the band is second.”
The band kept persevering despite the difficulty in managing the band member’s schedules to keep playing live shows. However, it did not work out and booked shows had to be canceled to the dismay of hungry fans. “In the fall of 2011, I was working on some West Coast tours for early 2012 with Kill the Client, a show in Puerto Rico, and I was also speaking with some promoters overseas about doing a tour over there. When I began these discussions, everyone was on board, and once it was time to commit certain members could not. Also, our work schedules and personal schedules were lining up at all. This pretty much put a hold on any productivity with the band. Even scheduling a practice was becoming increasingly more difficult. Once 2012 began we had a couple of practices and things were looking to pick up and then that died down. We couldn’t get all four of us in the same room together due to our schedules again. We all live in different states so it makes it hard enough but we can all commit to a date and it’s almost impossible to get anything done.” Flesh Parade’s last show in New Orleans featured Jason Pilgrim on vocals instead of Scott Leger. Scott has been unable to attend practices because of personal issues.
Flesh Parade had a rented rehearsal space at the widely-used room rental building Fontainebleau Storage facility in New Orleans. Because of the slow productivity, they gave up the space, but Rene now has since bought a house in Texas where he has offered to provide a rehearsal space for the band, if the band decides to continue on and use it. “At this point everything with the band is still up in the air. I have a place for us to keep it going. But the scheduling portion and travel for our vocalist and drummer will have to work for them to make it happen.”
Two members of the band are ready to end Flesh Parade and make a new band in the same vein. “If Flesh Parade doesn’t continue, [bassist] Tony and I have discussed starting up something new and keeping it a grind project. I’ve been writing some new material in our new practice room so I’d like to use it for something will have to wait and see I guess.”
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