INTERVIEW WITH TEMPLE OF ONE AND EX-INGLORIOUS BASS PLAYER COLIN PARKINSON
Date: November 21, 2018
Interviewer: Tyson Briden
IN 2017, ONE OF MY FAVORITE RELEASES OF THE YEAR WAS BY A YOUNG BRITISH BAND CALLED INGLORIOUS. WHAT APPEALED TO ME WAS THE FACT THAT INGLORIOUS POSSESSED THE MATURITY OF THE BANDS I HAD GROWN UP LISTENING TOO. THE SONGS WERE CATCHY AND VERY WELL STRUCTURED. I WAS SO TAKEN BY INGLORIOUS THAT WITHIN THE CONFINES OF THE BOOK I AM CURRENTLY WORKING ON WITH FORMER SLIK TOXIK GUITARIST KEVIN GALE, WE MAKE MENTION OF INGLORIOUS. NOW WITHOUT GIVING AWAY TOO MUCH, THAT IS ALL I WILL SAY ABOUT THAT.
EARLIER THIS FALL, IT WAS ANNOUNCED THAT IN JANUARY OF 2019, INGLORIOUS WOULD RELEASE THEIR THIRD FULL LENGTH RELEASE ON FRONTIERS RECORDS ENTITLED ‘RIDE TO NOWHERE.’ UPON HEARING NEWS OF THE LATEST WORK BY INGLORIOUS, I WAS STOKED AND EXCITED TO HEAR WHAT WOULD BE COMING. WITHIN DAYS OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT, THE FIRST VIDEO FOR ‘WHERE ARE YOU NOW?’ WOULD ARRIVE. AT FIRST, I WASN’T SURE AT WHAT I WAS HEARING BUT ONCE THE CHORUS KICKED IN, THE CLASSIC SOUND OF THE BAND WAS EVIDENT. I WAS FINE WITH WHAT I WAS HEARING AND IT ASSURED ME THAT INGLORIOUS WERE EXPANDING AS A BAND BUT NOT STRAYING TOO FAR FROM THE SOUND I HAD GROWN TO LOVE…
THEN THE FLOOR FELL OUT FROM UNDERNEATH… THREE MEMBERS — ALL IN ONE DAY — HAD DECIDED TO JUMP SHIP, JUST MONTHS AWAY FROM THE RELEASE OF THE NEW ALBUM. I THOUGHT TO MYSELF, “WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE?”. AS THE DUST SETTLED AND THE WEEKS PASSED, I REACHED OUT TO FORMER INGLORIOUS BASS PLAYER COLIN PARKINSON. HONESTLY, I WAS NOT SURE IF PARKINSON WOULD WANT TO SPEAK ABOUT THE WHOLE ORDEAL, SO I CHOSE THAT IT MAY BE BETTER THAT WE TALK ABOUT HIS LATEST PROJECT ‘TEMPLE OF ONE’.
WITHIN THE INTERVIEW YOU WILL FIND BENEATH, I THINK YOU WILL READ AN HONEST ACCOUNT BY A TRULY GENUINE PERSON WHO’S FEELINGS COME ACROSS PRECISE AND ACCURATELY CALCULATED. I DON’T HEAR ANY BITTERNESS WHATSOEVER. THE BOTTOM LINE IS… “IT IS WHAT IT IS!!!” ENJOY.
Sleaze Roxx: Hey Colin. Howʼs it going?
Colin Parkinson: Hey! Yeah, allʼs great but Iʼm a bit ill at the moment because the temperature has dropped here. I donʼt know what itʼs like there… So please excuse me!
Sleaze Roxx: I wanted to start off by getting a bit of your background. Iʼm of the assumption that youʼre slightly younger than me. What did you grow up listening too and how was it that you ended up playing heavy rock in that sort of ’70s/’80s vain?
Colin Parkinson: Growing up, my Mom was a huge Motown fan. She always had the Motown groups playing. The Four Tops, The Temptations, Jackson 5… All that great stuff! That was going back to [when I was] three years old from what I can remember. The first album I ever got was Michael Jackson’s ‘Thrillerʼ so all that great music is kind of plumbed into me. I always had that kind of rhythmic, bass driven music around. Iʼm the fifth generation to play bass in my family so my Dad was obviously a bass player. He used to play in a local blues band around the pubs, local beer festivals and what not. But he used to listen to all sorts of music. David Bowie, John Lennon, Queen through to Level 42. Do you know them?
Sleaze Roxx: Yes, I know them!
Colin Parkinson: So yeah, I started getting into Mark King [Level 42]. I was 14-15 when I started playing. I was completely hooked! My Dadʼs record player was an old one so the belt timing was broken. I didnʼt know at the time that I was learning Level 42 and songs a tone up from what they were originally so they were obviously a lot faster too! It was good practice but it buggered me up when it came to jamming them with others.
Sleaze Roxx: After that, were you into the rock stuff or was it mostly Motown?
Colin Parkinson: I truly love most music. I got into rock pretty much through Drew [Lowe], my cousin and guitarist in Inglorious. It was actually through his big brother, Alec. He was always buying Iron Maiden records and that. He had Whitesnake, Bon Jovi… Stuff like that. We got into that kind of rock. One of the first songs I learned, which Drew showed me the riff to was “Livin’ On A Prayer”! Then I learned all their albums. Then I got into their influences like Thin Lizzy and Whitesnake, then a bit of Deep Purple, etc. It was just a natural progression of things.
Sleaze Roxx: I am a huge Whitesnake fan. Bon Jovi as well. I actually played guitar in a Bon Jovi tribute band.
Colin Parkinson:I used to play in a Bon Jovi tribute band as well.
Sleaze Roxx: Oh really? That is ironic!
Colin Parkinson: BonGiovi.
Sleaze Roxx: I know that one!
Colin Parkinson: Do you? I toured Russia with them with Drew and played a festival in India with them as well. Drewʼs a big Richie Sambora fan. My favorite albums are ‘These Daysʼ and ‘New Jersey.ʼ [Bon] Jovi doesnʼt really tour in Russia so we had pretty big crowds there. We played opera houses and stuff like that. It was just amazing.
Sleaze Roxx: The one I was in was called Bon Jovi Forever.
Colin Parkinson: Yeah, Iʼve heard of them.
Sleaze Roxx: Awesome! So where in England did you grow up?
Colin Parkinson: I grew in South West England in a place called Taunton, Somerset. Itʼs the county town or the capitol of that county basically. I was there until I was 18. I was a massive sports fan when I was younger. I had cricket training at Somerset Cricket Club for a short while. You know cricket right?
Sleaze Roxx: Yes, of course.
Colin Parkinson: I loved rugby as a kid. Football as well. But when I was around 14-15, my Dad was decorating the dining room and he pulled out the display cabinet. Behind that was his old Jedson bass. Have you heard of Jedson?
Sleaze Roxx: No I havenʼt!
Colin Parkinson: Theyʼre an old ’70s brand. The bass is the size of a guitar. Itʼs a short ‘shortʼ scale. Iʼve still got it actually. I picked that one up and taught myself “Another One Bites The Dust” by Queen. I then got into some local bands. I got in one with Phil [Beaver], the drummer in Inglorious, when he was 10. We toured around the UK as kids, supporting Antiproduct, Enuff Z’Nuff, etc. [We] recorded at Parr Street Studios, Eden Studios and the famous Rockfield Studios too. We also played MIDEM Music Festival in Cannes [France] which was brilliant! I then moved to London when I was 18/19. I went to a music tech college there for a few months… I learned a lot and met some great people but that wasnʼt for me. I got into a band called Dead Relative who were signed to Island Records. We toured the UK with Cyclefly and Nonpoint. We went to L.A. for six months to record an album. I ended up getting Phil [Beaver] involved in that as well. We made an album in Topanga Canyon — what a beautiful place! It was around the time of nu metal like Limp Bizkit and all that stuff. We had a tour lined up with Puddle of Mudd. But it was shelved because the next wave of whatever was coming through. Actually, have you heard of the band Keane?
Sleaze Roxx: I donʼt think so.
Colin Parkinson: They were signed after Dead Relative and they just blew up. They were massive over here. They had some big hits.
Sleaze Roxx: It does sound familiar now that you mention it. That was mid 2000ʼs?
Colin Parkinson: Yeah, mid 2000ʼs. They were kind of a safe, poppy band. I also did a bunch of other stuff, a bit of ‘session playingʼ. I played on some of Jessie Jʼs really early stuff before she really got huge. I did some stuff for BBC, X Factor/pop Idol runner-ups and Dance X, etc. Then I moved to Copenhagen for two years. I did sessions out there and worked in a Real Ale pub which was good fun. Denmarkʼs like five million people so itʼs a small scene. One day, Drew gave me a call. He said, “Iʼm working with this singer, Nathan [James]. Heʼs putting a band together around his solo album. Are you interested in auditioning?” I booked a flight, came over and auditioned. I got it so then I moved back to the U.K.
Sleaze Roxx: Oh you moved back to join Inglorious? So that was supposed to be Nathanʼs solo album and it became Inglorious? Was that how that worked?
Colin Parkinson: Yeah, he had a solo album written for him, which was produced by a guy named John Mitchell who also mixed the first Inglorious album. Itʼs good but no one was biting. The labels didnʼt want to take it on. So we just started writing and thatʼs what became Inglorious.
Sleaze Roxx: I was really disappointed to see that yourself, Andreas [Eriksson] and Drew [Lowe] recently left Inglorious. What can you say about it? I donʼt want to dig too deep if youʼre not wanting to say too much.
Colin Parkinson: Ah, itʼs okay. Itʼs a weird one actually. Itʼs ego mate! Thatʼs all it is. You can guess where that ego comes from. It was more of a theater show than a band. Thatʼs definitely what it became. I felt I had given up a lot to do it. I wrote a lot in the band. I was giving a lot of my emotional and mental energy but it was all take, take, take! There wasnʼt a lot of give when I had issues with the way things were running with the management. Iʼd call them, theyʼd make all the right noises but nothing would change in the end though. Certain people were really down. The morale was so low and weak. It wasnʼt going to change so I just left. I thought I could see another tour through. But then I thought the time was right to leave. We released the second album in May of last year. We were all gung ho. We did two weeks of touring and that was it. I thought, “Cʼmon! What else is going on?” We had bits happening, but it was so poorly thought out that we were all really deflated by the whole thing. Then this year, we didnʼt do very much. We did a few festivals. In that time, we werenʼt a band that spent time together. We spent time on the road, but didnʼt spend time together outside of the band. We all lived far apart. Itʼs not a band you know. It is Nathanʼs project. Then things started happening with disgruntled members along with bitchy comments from those who are more into that way of talking. Therefore, the atmosphere just soured and we ended up leaving. It was a real shame.
Sleaze Roxx: Iʼm really sorry to hear that.
Colin Parkinson: Yeah, Iʼm really sorry as well. Itʼs weird. I just feel so much better now. A weight has been lifted you know!
Sleaze Roxx: You and Drew have formed a new band, correct? Temple of One!
Colin Parkinson: Yeah, itʼs quite funny. Itʼs actually an old band that we had eight years ago. Just before I moved to Denmark, we started getting played on TV and some radio stations. Then I made the move to Denmark and it kind of got put to the side. We didnʼt think about it for ages. Then Drew came back to Inglorious due to the fact he was let go before. This year, we werenʼt really doing much so we started talking about it, about possibly putting it out on iTunes to keep us busy. So, thatʼs what weʼre doing now. It had absolutely no part in us leaving. We just thought, “Letʼs have fun. Revisit old tracks again.” We re-recorded our parts. We kept the drums, but re-recorded everything else. Weʼre just going to put it out on some level. Weʼre just getting it all together. Iʼm mixing it. A good friend of ours, Tony [Draper], who engineered the Inglorious stuff and is the keyboard/pianist on the last and next album is mastering it.
Sleaze Roxx: I actually checked out the material that you have on your Facebook page. I noticed the machine you had that looks like two” analog tape running through it.
Colin Parkinson: Oh thatʼs an emulation. Itʼs a computer program. It kind of emulates the warmth and the saturation. They call it saturation like the harmonic distortion that you get from tape. Itʼs really clever.
Sleaze Roxx: The singer that is singing on that material is the singer that sang on it originally?
Colin Parkinson: Yeah, me!
Sleaze Roxx: Oh, thatʼs you? Itʼs amazing! It kind of reminded me of Stone Temple Pilots a little bit.
Colin Parkinson: Awesome. I love Stone Temple Pilots. I donʼt know if you had them over there, but there was a band that should have been a lot bigger called Army of Anyone.
Sleaze Roxx: Yeah, I have the CD. Itʼs so good!
Colin Parkinson: I am a massive Richard Patrick fan.
Sleaze Roxx: Army of Anyone was the singer from Filter, the Deleo brothers from Stone Temple Pilots and Ray Luzier on drums? Am I right? Rayʼs in Korn now?
Colin Parkinson: Thatʼs right, yeah! He also played on Billy Sheehanʼs ‘Holy Cowʼ record.
Sleaze Roxx: Oh did he? I saw him play with David Lee Roth.
Colin Parkinson: Thatʼs right. He did… didnʼt he?
Sleaze Roxx: Years ago before any of that, he was in a band called Medicine Wheel with Marc Ferrari from Keel. I am not sure if you know Keel.
Colin Parkinson: Yeah, Iʼve heard of Keel.
Sleaze Roxx: So Ray Luzier played on the three Medicine Wheel albums that they did. Amazing drummer!
Colin Parkinson: Iʼve got to check that out.
Sleaze Roxx: Do you have any idea of what Andreas [Eriksson] is going to do?
Colin Parkinson: I was chatting with him today actually. It was his birthday on Monday [November 19th]. Heʼs a very talented producer/mix engineer. Heʼs going to pursue more that side of things. Heʼs also very into his Nashville style writing and pop country stuff. Besides the rock guitar stuff, he enjoys that, so I think heʼs going to break into that sort of thing. He lives in Budapest with his girlfriend now. Heʼs very happy. I know the band situation really affected him mentally. The vibe and all… Heʼs doing very well now actually! We wrote a lot for the band, so we were chatting about doing an EP together at some point.
Sleaze Roxx: Letʼs get to the soon to be released third Inglorious album ‘Ride to Nowhere.’ Is that album going to be on Frontiers Records? Iʼve seen it for sale on PledgeMusic.
Colin Parkinson: Yeah. I donʼt know whatʼs going on there. Nathan really hates PledgeMusic. That was a development after I left.
Sleaze Roxx: I was on PledgeMusic today checking out the vinyl. I guess thereʼs going to be a standard black pressing and a silver pressing… or something to that affect?
Colin Parkinson: White… It is a white limited edition vinyl.
Sleaze Roxx: You recorded the album with the band. The video comes out. Then the three of you leave the band. Were you happy with the album?
Colin Parkinson: Umm… Yeah. Like any album, I feel we worked really hard on it. I wrote separately with Nathan, then Drew, then we had a few days with the other guys as well. With this album, Nathan was being secretive about his lyrics and melodies although there are a couple of songs that I had melodies for the choruses. But when we were recording it, the vibe was weird at times. It was all quite tense. It was just because of the way certain people are in general and personalities clashing I guess. In the studio when Nathan was doing his vocals, we werenʼt allowed in but we werenʼt allowed home either, which obviously sounds ridiculous but itʼs true. So we ended up just hanging around in Liverpool, which is great for a while but it turned into days. I was underwhelmed by a lot of the lead vocals and when I criticized them, it was brushed over and dismissed. It was just “Letʼs get it done.” That kind of tarnished it for me. However, I think itʼs got some great moments on it. I just feel it didnʼt reach its full potential because that behavior really pissed me off. Others opinions fell on deaf ears in the band unfortunately. With Nathan, I donʼt think he struggled in bands like I did or Drew did. We played all the shitty pubs and all that stuff. He came from the theater world. The way he can put a front on for anyone and make the right noises to charm people to get what he wants out of them. Then heʼll just be done with them. Itʼs awful and I really do feel bad saying that. That behavior is draining. And to those looking in, youʼre also part of it. Then of course it leaks onto the stage. When we played the last few festivals this year, it felt like we were staging it — because we were.
Sleaze Roxx: Thatʼs unfortunate. Would you say heʼs into the music Inglorious played? Thatʼs still in his heart? Thatʼs what he wants to play?
Colin Parkinson: Yeah, Absolutely. We all did.
Sleaze Roxx: Would you say this album is slightly different than the previous two? Or is it that same vein?
Colin Parkinson: Itʼs little bit moodier maybe. Nathanʼs not singing so high. I think after being on the road, heʼs learned that he canʼt sing certain songs as theyʼre too high to sing live. I think itʼs good on the whole though. Thereʼs some more heavy riffage on it. Actually Phil [Beaver] came in with “Ride To Nowhere” which has a great riff… That oneʼs a heavy, sludgy, almost Black Sabbath type vibe. It does get a bit dark and heavy. Then youʼve got your Whitesnake type riffs, that I love writing and some bluesier Adde chicken pickinʼ! Also Drew brought in the beginnings of “Never Alone”, an acoustic led tune and the top guitar riff for “Liar”, which we turned into a heavier tune.
Sleaze Roxx: Oh, no kidding. That version of “Fool For Your Loving” that Inglorious did…
Colin Parkinson: Ahh, great tune!
Inglorious‘ “Fool For Your Loving” video:
a Whitesnake classic covered by young British classic rock band, IngloriousTake 1, 1 continuous camera shot and recorded completely live without overdubs.pre…
Sleaze Roxx: It was so good. I love the ’87 Whitesnake and on, but Iʼve actually become more of a fan of the earlier stuff.
Colin Parkinson: Yeah, itʼs ‘Slip Of The Tongueʼ for me. An unpopular choice but I donʼt know the earlier stuff so well. I know that version because we had to learn it. I had the pleasure of travelling with Neil Murray a few times. Iʼm endorsed by a company called ‘Warwickʼ so Iʼve been to Germany a couple times to their factory and events. He filled me in on a few things that were interesting about John Sykes and the band dynamic during recording in Vancouver. The good old days!
Sleaze Roxx: Last Christmas, my wife bought me the ’87 album box set. In the book, Coverdale eludes to the fact that John and him — their personalities clashed.
Colin Parkinson: Didnʼt they try to sack David Coverdale?
Sleaze Roxx: Yes, thatʼs right. I believe they did because Coverdale had vocal issues. They tried to sack him from his own band. Thatʼs ruthless! How do you sack David Coverdale? Seriously!
Colin Parkinson: Yeah, you really shouldnʼt [laughs].
Sleaze Roxx: Now getting back to you mentioning yourself and Drew having paid your dues, I guess Andreas has as well. What did he do four albums with Crazy Lixx? Did he do four albums or three?
Colin Parkinson: I think it was three. He went to Brazil and the UK, Japan, Europe.
Sleaze Roxx: A buddy of mine [Ernie] and I are huge Crazy Lixx fans as well.
Colin Parkinson: Iʼve heard a few of their songs. We werenʼt allowed to play them too loud in the band…
Sleaze Roxx: The musicʼs good. Theyʼre a good band. Theyʼre definitely carrying on with that ’80s sound!
Colin Parkinson: I said Andreas should get back in the band, but I think heʼs done with all that stuff now.
Sleaze Roxx: He played some killer guitar parts on that material too.
Colin Parkinson: Heʼs a phenomenal lead guitarist.
Sleaze Roxx: Heʼs amazing. My favorite cut on Inglorious ‘IIʼ was “Read All About It”. That opening guit3r riff… Did you not write that?
Colin Parkinson: I wrote that, yeah!
Sleaze Roxx: I interviewed Nathan last year. I asked him about that song. He had told me that you wrote that song.
Colin Parkinson: I love that type of song. I love that Michael Anthony, 16th note, Primal Scream or Pound Cake thing. I bloody love that stuff. That driving, groovy playing. Thatʼs where all that stuff comes from. I ended up playing rhythm guitar on parts of that actually.
Sleaze Roxx: Oh really? I figured that intro out. It was a little tricky. The rhythm itself… Itʼs cool!
Colin Parkinson: Yeah, That was a thing in the band cause Iʼm obviously a bass player. I come to the guitar untrained and differently. I donʼt play with a plectrum (pic), I play with my fingers. I just kind of hit the strings. Iʼm more of a heavy handed acoustic player really! So a few riffs have made heads go a bit funny at times.
Sleaze Roxx: Itʼs the timing. The timing and executing it, you have to slow it down in your head. You have to listen to it a few times. I loved that song so much that I had to learn the guitar riff.
Colin Parkinson: Oh thatʼs cool! Thanks.
Sleaze Roxx: Iʼve played the CD of ‘IIʼ so much that “High Class Woman” will not play anymore. Thatʼs another one of my favorites on the CD, but I have the vinyl so itʼs all good.
Colin Parkinson: That is a good song actually. I think Wil (Taylor) came up with that. Actually that was the very first song, the very first day cause we wrote ‘IIʼ at Philʼs house in Somerset. When I turned up, Phil had his drums set up upstairs and Will had an electric guitar on the go. You know the middle bit? That was originally the main idea that they were jamming until we sat down together… I remember saying “We are not doing this. Letʼs sit down with acoustic guitars and do it!” Thatʼs how we wrote the album! Acoustically! Yeah, thatʼs a great song. It went down well live as well.
Sleaze Roxx: Thatʼs probably the hardest thing of leaving a band, for now youʼre not playing those songs live.
Colin Parkinson: Yeah I know. Iʼm going to miss it. Iʼm going to miss the guys even after this little episode. Iʼm going to miss it all. Things just needed to change, you know. Itʼs just a shame. Itʼs like any relationship. We stopped communicating properly so it was fucked… It just went tits up! Itʼs not gonna work unless you want to communicate properly again. The attitude was very much like, “Ah just go and do whatever you have to but also drop and cancel everything the moment that youʼre needed.“
Sleaze Roxx: You want to be cohesive.
Colin Parkinson: Yeah, you want to be on the same page mentally, just having the same awareness. Itʼs a shame. Everything just fell apart. There was back chatting, a load of moaning and a lot of not wanting to help. The management not wanting to help. Itʼs the management and Nathan that runs everything. Youʼre a band when it suits them but when it doesnʼt, youʼre not a band. It was the same with writing. Funny enough, I got on with Nathan better when we were writing because he needed something. Then when we werenʼt needed it was, “Oh, we donʼt need to talk now!” Yeah, it was a real shame.
Sleaze Roxx: Yeah, that is a real shame. Thatʼs not how a bandʼs supposed to be!
Colin Parkinson: Itʼs not a band.
Sleaze Roxx: That more or less makes you feel like youʼre working for somebody. I see it as, “You did this for me and weʼre best buddies, but thatʼs all done, weʼre not anymore!” It’s wrong. I think Inglorious was gaining a lot of momentum.
Colin Parkinson: I am sure the replacements will do well. Nathan manages Danny [Dela Cruz], Hence why he got straight in the band I guess but apart from that, heʼs a really great guy, and a fantastic guitar player. I donʼt know who theyʼve got on bass and guitar but Iʼm sure theyʼre great players. There are some great players out there.
Sleaze Roxx: Sometimes itʼs hard to replace those elements, no matter how good people are. Itʼs that chemistry!
Colin Parkinson: Who knows? The music definitely wonʼt ‘feelʼ the same. Iʼm sure that the notes will be there though.
Sleaze Roxx: I mean Coverdaleʼs done it for years where heʼs got guys in and out but there are certain line-ups of Whitesnake that have been really special too.
Colin Parkinson: Yeah, but Inglorious definitely isnʼt Whitesnake, Nathan definitely isnʼt Coverdale, He hasnʼt done a Deep Purple beforehand and itʼs not the seventies/eighties. Itʼs David Coverdale for God’s sake! He sang in Deep Purple with Glenn Hughes mate. Thatʼs to begin with… He recorded ‘Burnʼ and ‘ Stormbringerʼ – Two amazing albums.
Sleaze Roxx: He cut his teeth there.
Colin Parkinson: Well, he cut his teeth in the clubs.
Sleaze Roxx: That is true actually. It was amazing that Coverdale was that guy playing in the clubs and no one knew who he was. He joined Deep Purple. Ritchie Blackmore loved him and brought him in. Here we are 40 years later still talking about him and heʼs still doing it. Anyways, Colin, Iʼve taken up almost an hour of your time but I really appreciate you doing this.
Colin Parkinson: Ahh man. Itʼs cool. No worries.Cheers mate!!!
Inglorious‘ “Where Are You Now” video:
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