Potions, The Transatlantic, Con Trails
4191 Manchester Avenue
St. Louis, MO, 63110
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM
Parallels is a synth-pop trio consisting of front-woman and vocalist, Holly Dodson
(2008-present), her brother, drummer, Nick Dodson (2010-present), and pianist/
vocalist Artem Galperine on synthesizers (2010-present).
In 2012, Parallels released their much-anticipated second album, XII on Canadian
imprint, Marigold Productions Limited. Shortly after it's release, the album reached #5
on Earshot's National Electronic Charts in Canada, charted on CMJ in the United
States and went into rotation on over 40 college radio stations in the US, and 36 out of
40 college stations in Canada. XII has already clouted praise from trendsetters such as
Fashion Magazine, Daytrotter, AOL Spinner, Filter Magazine, Societe Perrier &
Nylon Magazine. In support of the album, Parallels also embarked on their most
successful tours to date playing renowned events and venues such as POPSCENE in
San Fransisco, California; La Nuit in Los Angeles, California; Hotel Congress in
Tucson Arizona; Fridays at the Vagabond in Miami, Florida; and the Annual
Clematis NYE Street Party in West Palm Beach, Florida – just to name a few.
Parallels recently landed their most lucrative licensing opportunity, when one of their
songs, 'Dry Blood' was featured on the soundtrack for 2013 Oscar winning short film
"Curfew", directed by Shawn Christensen.
Since forming in 2008, Parallels has been inspiring dance parties with their vintage
synth-driven licks and uptempo HI-NRG rhythm patterns likened to acts such as Giorgio
Moroder, New Order and Depeche Mode. In NOW Magazine's 'best of Toronto issue',
Parallels was rated critic's pick for 'best electronic group of 2009', alongside other
"best of" picks such as artists Metric and Drake. Dodson represented Parallels in Flare
Magazine's 30th anniversary issue as one of the 'Hottest names to know in Canadian
Music'. Parallels' music has been featured multiple times on Much Music's "Track of
the Day" feature, and their music video for now cult favourite "Ultralight" received heavy
support on "The Wedge".
Holly Dodson is the daughter of Juno award-winning singer-songwriter, Rich
Dodson, a key member of world-famous Canadian Classic Rock band, The
Stampeders and composer of '70's classic, "Sweet City Woman".
Parallels began in 2008 when former drummer of Parallels, Cameron Findlay spent
much of his free time while on tour with Crystal Castles, recording demos of what
would later become material for Parallels debut album "Visionaries". In 2008, Cameron
corresponded with Holly via email, which sparked their co-writing partnership that led to
the completion their first single "Ultralight". Findlay returned to Toronto at the end of
Crystal Castles' 2008 tour and turned his main focus to the formation of Parallels.
Dodson and Findlay continued to write more material, releasing "Ultralight" as a part of
a 5-song digital EP on iTunes later that year.
On-stage, they were joined by keyboardist Joey Kehoe (2009-2010) for live
performances and embarked on a brief tour in the US with electronic artist The Juan
Maclean. After a brief stint with the band, Joey decided the music business wasn't for
him and moved to Los Angeles to join his family.
After Joey's departure, Cameron and Holly decided it would be an opportune time to
expand their live line-up in order to have more versatility on stage and move Cameron
up to join Holly at the front of the stage on keys and vocoder. They began rehearsing
and collaborating with Holly's brother, Nick Dodson, who had been assisting in the
production of their single Salome (released digitally in 2011). They also added their
friend Artem Galperine, a classically trained multi-instrumentalist, and award-winning
student in his undergraduate studies at Ryerson University for Radio and Television
arts. By adding a second keyboardist and a new drummer, Holly and Cameron felt
they could become less dependent on backing tracks, and give the audience a stronger
As tour plans for 2011 began to come together, their hopes of expanding their live lineup
fell short due to financial restrictions forcing Holly and Cameron to embark on their
USA tour as a duo. After a whirlwind 22-date tour, Parallels returned home to their
studio, re-joining Nick and Artem, and began making plans for a sophomore release.
During this time, Cameron began to voice his discomfort with the direction the band was
taking. He later expressed his dissatisfaction with the bands financial situation despite
putting much of his time into the project. In the fall of 2011, Cameron decided to take a
break from touring with Parallels to explore new career opportunities that might put him
in a more secure financial position. Although bittersweet, Parallels has come full circle
and will go out, once again, as a trio in support of their sophomore release in the spring
Parallels has shared billing with internationally-recognized bands such as Florence and
the Machine, Sebastien Tellier, Crystal Castles, A-Trak and Broken Social Scene and
remixed "This Momentary" for Delphic's official EP release on Kitsune. In the four years
since their conception, Parallels has toured stages all across North America and
Russia, including famed venues such as The Vagabond (Miami, FL), The Mezzanine
(San Francisco, CA), Sound Academy (Toronto), and sold-out Moscow's premiere
discotheque, Solyanka, and festivals like CMJ, Neon Desert Music Festival, NXNE,
Parallels accredit much of their foundational success to being a blog-favourite having
been featured acclaimed blogs including RCRD LBL, Discodust, 20jazzfunkgreats,
Valerie, The Music Fix and more. They have also appeared in The London Guardian
(U.K), FACT Magazine, Clash Magazine, DUMMY, Exclaim!, NOW Magazine and The
Toronto Star. Parallels continues to build a loyal following having been featured on the
cover of Toronto's largest free newspaper, formerly known as EYE Weekly.
Their first full-length album "Visionaries" was released on Marigold Records/E1
Entertainment in April 2010 (Canada). Immediately after its release, the album was
given NOW Magazine's highest review rating and described as a "12-song sonic
juggarnaut". As word caught on in the US it claimed "New and Noteworthy" status on
the front page of the US iTunes music store. "Visionaries" is currently receiving heavy
airplay on Canadian and US college radio, and their first single "Find the Fire" received
play on BBC 1's "In new DJ's we trust". "Find the Fire" was also nominated for Best
Electronic Song in the 2011 Independent Music Awards.
The Transatlantic is an American rock band based out of Springfield, Illinois, which formed in the spring of 2010. It is comprised of Kirk Donley (vocals/guitar), Dustin Sendejas (guitar/vocals), Phil Sgambelluri (bass), and Brandon Carnes (drums/vocals). Their first ep "Small Towns Burn a Little Slower," was recorded and produced by Dustin Burnett in the summer of 2011. With smooth vocals, steady beats, and a pinch of flourishing on the guitars, The Transatlantic's brand of windows-down American rock music is both hooky and impressive. They meld Jimmy Eat World-style pop/rock with roots-rock a la Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen in a way that makes their music appealing to listeners of all ages. Atop this canvas is painted lyrics that speak to middle-American/Midwestern life, with recurring themes of big dreams, small towns, and teenage heartbreak. The Transatlantic is road-worn, but not weary, and is ready to deliver their rock n' roll to listeners the world over.