PREMIERE: “Higher Expectations” by Parallel

By: Amanda Meyer//

Oneonta-based indie-emo band, Parallel, just dropped their first single, “Higher Expectations”, from their forthcoming debut album, Contrast. “Higher Expectations” is the start of a new beginning for Parallel, as this kicks off the beginning of their first album cycle.


Parallel consists of Patrick Elliott (Vocals/Guitar), Conor Gracey (Guitar), James Boss (Bass) and Frederic Rigollaud (Drums). Since releasing their 2016 debut EP, Broken Beyond Repair, the band has played alongside Pinegrove, Trophy Eyes and Major League.

Photo by: Aud Lew

When asked about why “Higher Expectations” was picked as the lead single, Elliott stated “We decided on “Higher Expectations” as the single because of what it represents. The song is about struggle and the overwhelming situations that occur and how you handle them. The record as a whole is mainly about a lot of hardships that have happened in my life, and “Higher Expectations” is a song about triumph and criticism even when it hurts the most.”

Are you in New York? Parallel will be playing their album release shows in Amityville (September 28 with Bren Lukens of Modern Baseball and more), Oneonta (September 29 with A Will Away and more) and Albany (October 1 with Firestarter and more).

Contrast is set for release on September 29. Pre-orders are up on Bandcamp now!

Contrast track listing:

1.Straight Edge Revenge
2.Lying In An Empty Bed
3.Mirrors, Thoughts, & Other Reflective Surfaces
6.Ceiling Tile
7.Higher Expectations
8.The Concept Of Dreaming
9.At Least For Today

Album Artwork By: Danny DeRusso//

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