Parmalee delivered their highly-anticipated sophomore album 27861, the zip code of its hometown of Parmele, NC, last week (7/21) via Stoney Creek Records. 27861 opens with current single “Sunday Morning,” which is reminiscent of the band’s rollicking sound that launched the quartet into country star status, while also maintaining its signature “edge” (Taste of Country) and a mature keyed-up emotional delivery. In a brand new interivew, Parmalee take fans into the meaning of the album title,
“We just spent so many nights out there, being a band, my first song we wrote was out there. I mean, we rented that little barn in Parmalee, no cell phone service, nobody could mess with you. We go to work all day, then we meet out in Parmalee at night and we can just get work done, we could rehearse, we could write. And uh, we just had so many dreams that just started in that little barn. We all have it tattooed on us…we got this years ago as kind of a…for each other to say we’re in this, you know, we’re in this for real. It wasn’t a bit where we would go out there, it’s like what are you doing tonight? Are you going downtown? No – I’m going to Parmalee. Like – We’re going to Parmalee, we’re going to Parmalee. And it turned into, we named the band ‘Parmalee,’ Then people were like what are y’all doing tonight? We’re going to Parmalee. So yeah, ‘27861’ – why not name the album that?”
Featuring summer-ready heartland tracks laden with giant hooks like “American Nights,” “Back In The Game,” and “Like a Photograph,” lead singer Matt Thomas co-wrote nine of the album’s twelve tracks, while the project also enlists help of songwriting heavyweights including busbee, Hillary Lindsey, and Rosths Copperman among many others.