Every once in a while, we here at Geeks Under Grace like to introduce our community to some lesser-known musical artists that most of you will not have caught wind of yet. This time around, the group we’re looking at is known as Parrish. The name comes from the last name of the male vocalist, Nate Parrish. Aside from that, there doesn’t really seem to be a large amount of information available about the group. But information about the group is not the subject of conversation here; that would be the quality of the music they produce!
Parrish’s self-titled EP contains six songs. The first, “Death Was Buried in It’s Grave,” is a mix of folk and country. Its subject (as can be referenced from the song’s title), is Jesus’ defeat of death. It’s a reasonably strong opening, but the basic rhythm of the song didn’t have anything that really stuck out to me as excellent.
“In the Storm” is where we get to hear some interesting vocals from Parrish. Atypical notes from both singers make listeners perk up, and definitely not in a bad way. The song is about trusting God through hard times, and while the message is every bit as positive as the premier track on the EP, it takes more risks as far as vocals are considered. And they pay off, as listeners are able to get a feel of what exactly Parrish can do. An intriguing aside: the female singer almost sounds as if she’s trying to channel modern-day Vanessa Carlton, the singer of the popular “A Thousand Miles” (give her modern music a listen alongside Parrish’s and tell me what you think).
“Refuge” and “Lord I Come to Thee” are both beautiful tracks about finding security in our Savior. Again, the vocals are, well, haunting. I’m not really sure how to describe them any other way. “Refuge” mentions many of the analogies the Bible makes when referring to Christians, all of which are conveyed in a in a sweet, soft manner. “Lord I Come to Thee” sounds like an older hymn, and it may very well be one (I am familiar with a hymn of the same name, but it does not have the same lyrics). Nonetheless, the music and lyrics are just as pleasing as many old hymns are to the ears.
In “Skin and Bones,” the singer anticipates Christ’s return. Through the hardships of life, he keeps holding onto the fact that he knows Jesus will come and make everything right. While it is not a standout when one purely considers sonic merits, the lyrics are extremely uplifting and as such the song should not be discounted. The last song on the EP is “Nothing but the Blood.” While Parrish doesn’t do much to differentiate themselves from the thousands of covers already done for that gorgeous hymn (personally, I did not find the variations they made particularly appealing), the track is still worth a listen to see if you may disagree with my assessment.
We hope you’ll go check out Parrish and let us know what you think of them in the comments below!