The Parlotones are a rock band from Johannesburg, South Africa. They have achieved multiplatinum-selling status in their home country. They experiment with their sound and various structures in their songs, incorporating the typical doo-wop or traditional folk structures. The band started in 1998. The band is known for the face make-up worn by lead singer Kahn Morbee.
In October 2003, the Parlotones self-released their debut album, Episoda. The first album to reach mainstream success was their second release, Radiocontrolledrobot through Sovereign Entertainment, which came out in July 2005 and won the "Best Rock Album" award at the 2006 South African Music Awards. The ballad "Beautiful" was used in an Irish Fujifilm television commercial, which led to a European licence deal with Universal Music. The album achieved Gold status in 2007. Their next album, A World Next Door to Yours, was released in September 2007; it is South Africa’s biggest-selling rock album of the decade.
Much of the band's success can be attributed to the strong ties they have formed with the media and their extensive use of publicity opportunities.
They are spokespersons for both Live Earth and Earth Hour, along with Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Prince Charles, and Rihanna.
The Parlotones' video to the single "Life Design" was added on MTV Europe.
In 2009 the Parlotones played the Midem Talent Showcase in Cannes, France, where they met the American band Blue October. The Parlotones were subsequently invited to play their first US tour as the opening act on Blue October's Pick Up the Phone Tour for their Approaching Normal album. The matchup proved successful and the Parlotones have gone on to play several more US tours as headliners...