Parralox Releases Ninth Studio Album, "Genesis"
Genesis follows the band's previous album, Subculture. According to von Ahlen, the album represents growth for the band. "Genesis is more mature than anything we've ever produced, especially in terms of its songwriting,"
The band has experienced several shake-ups through its history — several singers have come and gone — but the lineup has remained stable for the last six years. It currently features female vocalists Johanna Gervin and Louise Love and Bass Guitarist Ian Burden (formerly of The Human League). John von Ahlen is the band's lead vocalist; something that still surprises him.
"I never wanted to be a pop singer," he admits. "I still don't! I totally fell into it ass-backwards."
For years, John von Ahlen was simply a music producer, specializing in production and engineering for other artists. Though he was making excellent money, it got to a point where he felt trapped in a soulless job. Anxious to make music for himself, he launched The Tenth Stage, a very dark, gothic and theatrical band with an electronic element. It wasn't enough. He had pop music inside of him, and it needed to be heard.
In 2007, he collaborated with vocalist Rowena "Roxy" Martin on a new track he had written, "I Fell in Love with a Drum Machine". The success of the song led to the duo recording their first album together, Electricity. It included the single, "Sharper Than a Knife", heralded by Hollywood gossip columnist Perez Hilton.